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THE FIGHT IS ON!
I have often envied Paul Revere. When he rode the
streets shouting "the British are coming," he was warning
of an enemy they could recognize. The British soldiers
wore red coats. Today, it is not that simple. Our enemies
may be all around but they are hard to recognize.
That is especially true in spiritual warfare. In a
day when space travel was long to come and we thought we
were reaping purely fantastic science fiction, Buck Rogers
wasa popular comic strip hero. He travelled outer space
visiting other planets, sometimes the inhabitants were
friendly, sometimes hostile. Some were visible, others
invisible. W4hen Buck Rogers encountered an enemy that was
invisible, he had a tough fight on his hands!
In the Ephesian letter Paul warns his readers that
the highest eschelons of the evil kingdom of Satan have
declared war against the followers of Christ. "For our
fight is not against human foes, but against cosmic
powers, against the authorities and potentates of this
dark world, against the superhuman forces of evil in the
heavens." (Ephesians 6:12)
Your enemies in this war are led by a strong and
crafty leader. Look at verse 11: "Put on the whole
armor of God that you may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil."
Many deny the existence of Satan, but Jesus taught
that this enemy is very real. In John 8:44 He said these
strong words to an assembled group: "You are of your
Father the devil and the lusts of your father you will
do. He was a murderer from the beginning and did not
tell the truth because there is not truth in him. When
he speaks consistently because he is a liar and the
father of lies." In I Peter 5:8 the Bible declares:
"Be sober, be diligent because your adversary, the devil
walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may
devour." Jesus called Satan the "Prince of this world."
He is a crafty enemy. The Bible here talks of the
"wiles of th ...
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