Ok…that is a disturbing photo…..
However…did you know that the majority of Christians do not believe that Satan is a real being or that the Holy Spirit is a living entity? That’s right!!
“Six out of ten Americans reject the existence of Satan, indicating that the devil, or Satan, is merely a symbol of evil.” (the Barna Group) Yikes! Do these same christians believe in God’s Word?
The devil loves it when people refuse to believe in him. That means he is totally camouflaged and covered by their lack of belief! And that means that he can come in under the radar, totally undetected. Satan is quite masterful by hiding in religion, poetry, art and music. He doesn’t usually come at us head-on. No, he finds a back door, or a point of weakness. He preys upon our thoughts and specializes in the things about which we are in denial.
I’ve done a post earlier about spiritual warfare and while it is a good subject, and keeps us familiar with his mode of operation, I think sometimes we can overemphasize him. I don’t want to make anyone think of nothing BUT spiritual warfare. However, Satan is real and he is a thief and he is a liar.….this I know.
Our view of spiritual warfare must begin with the basic understanding of Jesus’ (already accomplished) victory over Satan.
Colossians 2:15 “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the Cross.”
Paul is telling us that when Jesus Christ arose from the dead, He plundered the enemy!!! And an even BETTER way of translating it is, He completely stripped principalities and powers and left them utterly naked, with no way to retaliate! IN YO FACE, LUCIFIER!!! (sometimes, In Yo Face comes in really handy)
And the last part of that verse is even WAAAAY better….Jesus didn’t just plunder the devil, He totally rubbed the defeat in his face by throwing the BIGGEST PARTY the universe had ever seen!!! Remember? “He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” ?? When His resurrection was complete and the enemy was stripped, Jesus then proceeded to publicly display and expose the defeated spiritual enemy. Wow. That makes me think that I would rather have JESUS take care of retiliation….I would rather have JESUS get revenge for me. He can do a waaaay better job for sure!!!
His victory is the basis for my understanding spiritual warfare, and I have to remember that so I can discern biblical doctrine and not get led astray.
So now that we know that Christ has TRIUMPHED….and we can pretty much figure out that the Devil is….ticked. (Ticked is such a timid word. I wanted to use another one, but my dad reads this and he wouldn’t like it) So….yep, he is TICKED OFF.
AND we know he is real John 8:44 says, “He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
We are in a battle everyday and Paul says that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12) He is going to use people against you … people that will abuse you, misuse you and confuse you! We have to be prepared …. (and I’ll say it again) ..yet not be so consumed with fighting him that we lose sight of the fact that we belong to the God almighty. He is our Source, He is our Victor and He is our Protector and Deliverer.
I am urging everyone to re-read Ephesians 6:10-18 and daily put on the armor. Specifically ask the Lord to send His angels to guard your family and protect each member of your family everyday. Prayer is SOOOOO important and can be done anywhere at anytime.
God desires that we know Him better everyday. Put yourself on God’s side….the WINNING side. Ask Him to help you identify the devil’s tricks….and trust Him to do it!