FIGHTING THE DEVIL

The Devil wants to bring the fight to him, on his turf, his battlefield where his armaments are lies, pride, greed, power and violence. We cannot win on that field.

When the serpent talked with Eve. She had not the weapons or she did not know how to use them to fight the adversary.She and her husband thereby succumbed to every tool at the devil’s disposal. Their own will for power was greater than their desire for God’s will for them.

Take Jesus in the wilderness, honing his skills for the day of battle when the evil one would present Jesus with power and success and a kingdom of sorts. And each time Jesus was ‘tempted’ he responded with God’s word. Oh the devil knows the word of God but Jesus knew the author. And though a tough fight Jesus emerged the victor.

When the devil invites us to his battlefield we bring that whole battlefield before our Lord and Maker and we say ‘No, Satan, no power you have can match the love, the wisdom and finally the power of the living God. Be gone.

2Cor. 10 …For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

There are people who want trouble from us and our natural inclination is to use our muscle, our guns, our military and physical strategies to defeat the enemy but Paul above says that we have within us all the power, spiritual power we need to destroy the fortresses of the enemies. And we have the secret intelligence that Christ is on the side of the humble and contrite. Pride is the one weakness, the Achilles heel, if you will, of those who think they belong to Christ.

In this fight with ISIS, who appears to be the devil incarnate for this season, we need the faithful people to come together to raise up a mighty army of believers from Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, to put on all the armor that Paul says belongs to us.

The armor of faith, the word of God, the shoes to run and tell the Good News. The breastplate of righteousness is wonderfully thick when we follow God’s way. It will stop the fiery darts.

What’s that line in A Mighty Fortress is our God? One little word shall fell him.

His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
one little word shall fell him.

 That word is the Lord. It is faith. It is yes to peace.

Be gone Satan.

 Let the world bow before God to ask for his righteousness and deliverance.

 

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