“And I heard a loud voice in heaven saying: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down—he who accuses them day and night before our God” - Revelation 12:10).
When soldiers go out to engage in battle, one thing they start with is to first get to know who the enemy is. All serious armies engage in covert operation where they amass as much information as they can about the enemy. Getting to know more of the enemy’s personality, desires weakness, movements and anything important ultimately enables them form a military strategy to overrun him.
Now, although most Christians are aware that they have an enemy, Satan, with his minions of hapless worshippers, one wonders how many ever take time to study him and all his tricks, foibles and behavioral patterns. Wouldn’t you think that getting to know more of who Satan is would enable you develop a more effective battle strategy since he has troops arraigned at you!
Perhaps, here we could look briefly at some aspects of Satan.
John 8:44 says of Satan, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” This is a profound statement which implies that wherever you find lies, just know Satan is in right company. His way of lying is more by deception than bold-face falsehoods. He “is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world” (Rev. 12:9).
Again we also note that he is a murderer. John 10:10 contrast Satan with Christ: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Satan who is a fallen angel due to his craze for power seeks to recruit as many worshipers as he can to create a kingdom of his own. And to an extent he has. “The god of this world” is Satan. He is called “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30), and John says that “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).
If you flirt with Satan, just know he means no good, at all. Fortunately, God has sent His son Jesus Christ to deliver us from his clutches. Because of his enormous deceptive power is why we are all in need of a supernatural deliverer, the Lord Jesus.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray you bless me with the power to overcome the prince of darkness through faith in your son, our savior Jesus Christ!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!