Time to Fight!
If you intend to serve God, prepare your soul for temptation, for it is an infallible truth that no one is exempt from temptation when he has truly resolved to serve God.
— St. Francis de Sales
Let me tell you something, my Catholic brother. The minute you start taking ownership of your role as a man of God you will get hammered by temptation. For one, this is because your mind and heart are growing more sensitive and therefore recognize temptation for what it is. The other reason is because the enemy does not want to let go of any ground he has gained in your life.
Get ready to fight.
It is not easy to resist the temptation to sin, especially if you have sinful habits. However, it is absolutely imperative that you shake free of sin. Look, when you were Baptized you DIED to sin (Romans 6:1-14). You belong to Jesus Christ now. Because of the life of Christ in you, you do not have to sin. It is possible. Lean on Jesus. Remember St Paul.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
That means you can endure. Don’t believe the enemy’s lie. Don’t give up. Fight to the end! Most of all, call out to Christ. He will help you as you act.
We have all fallen at some point. However, we are never so far that God cannot forgive us and heal us. Go to the Sacrament of Confession. Seek the healing of God. Commit to live free and walk accordingly.
Some practical tips for Catholic men (non-Catholics, they’ll help you too):
– Avoid places and things that put you in a position to be more tempted. Addicted to porn? Keep your computer where anybody can see it. Install a filter. Addicted to alcohol? Don’t go to bars. Look, you gotta do what you can to get well.
– Friend up. Grab a buddy who will pray for you, talk to you, listen to you, and hold you accountable. Do the same for him. We need each other. Lay doen your life for your Catholic brother. This is real love.
– Get your butt to Mass. Don’t just show up. Discipleship is not a spectator sport. Listen, pray, sing (yup). Be a man who is unafraid to worship the risen Lord. This will also be a help to other men and the kids who watch you.
– Go to the Sacrament of Confession as often as possible. I cannot stress this enough. Get over your anxiety and get healed. There is power in this Sacrament, not just for forgiveness, but also to be strengthened for the fight. You can do it.
– Pray daily. Pray with your friend. Pray with your kids. Pray with your wife. Pray alone. Prayer is conversation with Jesus Christ. Talk and listen. Tell Him your struggles. Inventory your day. Offer your struggles to Him. God loves you.
– Dust off that Bible. Read scripture. You can do it. Start off with a Psalm a day or a Proverb. Start with 5 minutes. Know God in His Bible. I will write an article on this later.
The fight against sin is winnable because of Christ. Buck up. Listen to Jesus. Fight with all you have.
Posted on May 6, 2014, in Catholic Belief, Catholic Manliness, Spiritual Warfare and tagged accountability, catholic faith, corinthians, fight temptation, men tempted, overcome addiction, romans, sin, Spiritual warfare. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.