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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 the devil." This means schemes, strategies.
On another occasions Paul stated: "We are not ignorant
of his devices."
The Word warns that he can appear as an "angel of
light." (II Corinthians 11:14)
He was very impressive when he tempted Adam and Eve.
What he said sounded good, he looked good, but he brought
Perhaps one of the craftiest things he has done
is to convince many people he does not exist. Although
Jesus Christ made it crystal clear that a personal
devil is our enemy, many refuse to believe it.
Someone asked a Bible teacher where he thought the
devil was at that moment. He replied: "He's probably
standing in a pulpit somewhere arguing that he does not
He uses his craftiness to lead people to miss the
thrill, the purpose of life. Have you heard this:
"There are a lot of people who creep
Into the world to eat and sleep
And know no reasons why they're born
Save only to consume the corn,
Devour the cattle bread and fish
And leav ...
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