An Unseen Battle
Revelation. 12:7-9, 12
July 18, 2004
This morning as I speak, America is engaged in a battle in Iraq. To date, we have lost over a thousand soldiers, with many others wounded. The last few months have been very difficult. We have been fighting an allusive enemy--terrorists, who hide themselves in buildings and bushes, in canyons and caves. Though we are not always able to see the enemy, we know who they are, and most of the time we know where to find them. Victory will be ours! In the words of our President, "We will find them and root them out wherever they are."
Though the war in Iraq is very difficult, it is a war we have been able to successfully execute because we know and see a physical enemy. America's armed forces are equipped with the latest and most advanced technology--night vision equipment, radar, and other methods of detection.
There is, however, another battle going on today; this battle is a battle we are not able to see--at least not with the human eye. It is a spiritual battle--an unseen battle, a battle that is raging all around us. It is a battle between the forces of evil and the forces of good. It is a battle between God and Satan--between God's children and the "Wicked One." Ephes. 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
I suspect if God were to raise the curtain that separates us from the spiritual world, we might not be able to withstand the shock and fear of what we would see. Let me just say, Satan is out to get you! Be reminded of what Jesus said to Peter? "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat" (Luke 22:31). I am also glad for His following words; "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not" (Luke 22:32a).
Friend, there is an unseen ...
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