Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Be on your guard...

I'm reading through the New Testament in the Message translation, and just hit Luke 4;

For the third test the Devil took him to Jerusalem and put him on top of the Temple. He said, "If you are God's Son, jump. It's written, isn't it, that 'he has placed you in the care of angels to protect you; they will catch you; you won't so much as stub your toe on a stone'?"

The devil knows Scripture. That to me, is a very scary thought. Now combine that passage with these;

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Eph 6:12)

"[The devil] 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." (John 8:44)

What does this mean for us? That we should live in fear? No...but it does mean a few things I think;
1) The devil is extremely crafty and as we see in the temptation of Jesus, he even tries to use God's Word against us. This means we MUST be wise in knowing Scripture, understanding it, studying it, and perhaps most importantly, listening for God's Voice as we read His Word.

2) It's a reminder that we aren't fighting against people, or circumstances, or bad luck or many of the other things we seem to cast blame on; we're fighting against spiritual forces that seek our destruction, distraction and ineffectiveness.

3) What's our best offensive weapon when fighting against spiritual things? PRAYER. Prayer is what moves the hand of God, brings His peace to the storm...prayer is what connects us to His Spirit, what helps us to understand His Word.

Today was a very tough day...it shouldn't have been. It's the day before I leave for a vacation; but a number of things worked against me today, seeking to turn a promising day into a bad one. For once in my life, I seemed to accurately see this as a Spiritual battle and not a fleshly battle...so I stopped, and prayed. I prayed on my way to work, I grabbed another and prayed with him at work, I prayed at my desk, and prayed when I went to the piano later. I prayed while I was driving, and prayed when I got home. The result? God moved into a difficult situation and brought some peace. It works. It helps me understand God's command to "pray without ceasing."

The purpose of this blog, though, wasn't so much to share on prayer, but for us to be aware, to be on our guard, and fight spiritual battles with spiritual weapons.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mike,
AMEN! to your comments on spiritual warfare. You have reiterated what the women are learning in Bible study on Wed. We don't realize the weak stance that we take in this battle. We need to be made aware that we don't have to just sit back and "take it."
Jesus has already won the victory for us!
Rochelle P.

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