silent witness

May 7, 2016

thinking over feeling

 

 

    Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 

—Ephesians 6:10–12

 

 

I recently heard a nationally known televangelist preach a sermon. He began by looking fiercely into the camera and saying, “I rebuke you, Satan, and bind you by the blood!” I took out a piece of paper and divided it in half. Every time the televangelist made a reference to Satan and demons, I noted it; every time he talked about Christ, I noted that, too. It turned out that his sermon was not supposed to be about Satan but about the Christian life, yet this televangelist mentioned Satan and the demonic realm about twice as often as he did our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

This kind of preoccupation with Satan is becoming all too common in Christian circles today. We certainly believe that demonic activity is real and should be taken seriously. In fact, we have written this book precisely because the Bible takes this subject seriously and gives specific instructions for dealing with the Devil. Our goal is to help the church of Jesus Christ look upon spiritual warfare from the perspective of God’s infallible Word and not from the perspective of rationalism or experience.

The Bible views spiritual warfare as a conflict that is fought on three fronts: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Unfortunately, the common practice today is to major on Satan and demons while neglecting the other two fronts. We have seen that the enemy within—the flesh, the sin nature—is just as evil as and is to be taken just as seriously as the worst demon from hell. Christians tend to be weakest in understanding how Satan influences them through his use of the world’s thought system. It is in these areas of confrontation that believers must be especially on their guard.

The New Testament gives us a specific strategy for handling the attacks of the Devil, whether by land (the flesh), sea (the demonic realm), or air (the world). This biblical framework is more than sufficient to equip us to resist Satan and to stand firm while enduring through prayer.

It never ceases to amaze me that the idea of enduring as the campaign of a good Christian soldier is never emphasized. With more of an emphasis on our faith and our rights we too like the T.V. evangelist place more stress on what we think we should be doing than what the bible says we should be doing. Yes, I know it’s not glamorous or dynamic but the waiting, patient Christian will always be more powerful than the noisy stomping, shouting, something of a Christian. So be biblical or go home (that really means shut up).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Bible give away tomorrow, remember that means free, no shipping, no postage, no offering envelopes, my return address isn’t even on there. So stay tuned.

 

 

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