walk in the word
Category: Relying on God
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith… – 1 Peter 5:8-9
I love to compete! One of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings is to get on the basketball court with the men from church and start slamming into each other and sweating and fighting in the fray. Woohoo! To the battle!
But more important than any dumb basketball game is the battle in our spiritual lives. The sad fact is that many Christians are oblivious to the warfare that goes on all the time against Satan and his demonic forces. Get this – sometimes the enemy of our souls puts you in his cross-hairs. Satan does this because he hates you. He would devour you this second if he could. If he can get you off track in any way, then he keeps you from working for the One you love. Ephesians 6:12 tells us:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the . . . spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
But here’s the good news. The victory in this war has already been declared . . . and you’re on the winning side. But to live in that victory, you need to know that you know that you know what the Bible teaches about spiritual warfare. So let’s get some facts on the table.
Satan is very real and he is powerful. Sadly, this truth gets twisted in two directions. Some Christians believe and act like Satan doesn’t exist. Another group of Christians become unduly and overly interested in him. And Satan just laughs because both errors render you ineffective in battle. But hear this: he’s real.
Here’s how he’s trying to get access into our lives.
Some enemies use scatter guns. They point and shoot, knowing the shrapnel will go wide. Not Satan; He targets us with a laser gun. He customizes his attack to our specific area of weakness. Be on guard to destructive strategies like these:
Let God’s Word be your sword in battle. Satan will try to defeat and discourage you. He can’t defeat Christ, so he’ll attack those whom Christ loves—you and me! He’ll make us think we’re out of resources when we have everything we need to live in joy and victory.
For the next couple weeks on Walk in the Word, we’ll focus on how we can be “In It to Win It” – in the battle to win the battle! I want you to be equipped with the tools for defeating the enemy’s efforts against you through the power of Christ.
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