Fighting Fire with Fire

There was a time in my life when I wasn’t walking with Jesus; from the age of 22 until almost my 31st birthday the signs of sin and rebellion were clear and obvious - sexual immorality, substance abuse, greed, pride, lying - you name it, I was knee-deep in it. Then Jesus entered my life in January of 2004 and a bright, bright light shone in the darkness; the truth of the things I once loved was revealed and I fell on my knees and asked Jesus to forgive my sins and help transform my life.

“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”
— 2 Timothy 2:22

After a few years what once seemed fresh and new became… normal. My heart was no longer overflowing with gratitude for Christ’s forgiveness as it once had, and in some ways I started to let my guard down and become a bit complacent. Now thankfully I didn’t return to my own ways, but sadly the sin of pride started to creep into my heart - I had become a good person; of course I was a Christian!

Joni Eareckson Tada addresses the battle with sin in a devotional called “Fighting Fire with Fire.” Her paralysis prevents her from indulging in many of the same things I once did, but it does nothing to protect her heart from the creeping nature of sin’s deception. So how do we fight fire with fire? Joni says this:

If you satisfy your thirst for joy and passion by the presence and the promises of Christ, then the power of sin in your life is broken. That's real passion.

Fill our hearts with Christ, and we crowd out room for sin!