There is a battle raging around you right now…a battle for souls. There are two opposing forces fighting over your soul and the souls of all the people you love. There is no neutral ground. We can’t decide not to be in the war because WE are what the war is over!
Then the dragon became angry at the woman, and he declared war against the rest of her children—all who keep God’s commandments and confess that they belong to Jesus.
– Revelation 12:17
The devil has made it his purpose to destroy you. Really Lon? We’re going to talk about the devil? Well, think of it this way. There is a force that works daily against you wanting to follow God. Some of my Christian friends will say “It’s the flesh.” According to Galatians 5:16-17 that’s true. We have a fallen nature that is at war with our spirits. Our old sinful nature wants to do evil and our new nature from God want to do right.
Other less “churchy” friends might say, “Well, it’s really the influence of culture, society and peer pressure.” It is true, the message of the Christianity has always been counter-culture and the moral relevantism of our culture today is completely against what scripture teaches.
So why choose to talk about the devil? It seems so medieval. The reason is because the devil doesn’t want people to think he’s real or at least active in the earth today. The truth is satan is real, he’s active in the earth today, he hates you and has declared war on you.
His weapons are espionage, stealth warfare. He engages in a propaganda warfare. Satan tries to get us to believe he’s mythical, a fairy tale. Then we let our guards down and he begins to question all of scripture, because if satan isn’t real, then the Bible is just a book.
How do we win this war? We win by
- Not believing the lies of the enemy – this is accomplished by learning the truth (Eph 5:25-26) and not dwelling on thoughts we know aren’t true (2 Cor 10:5)
- Not seeing people as our enemies – Our battle is with the devil not the people he’s deceived (Eph 6:12). We must forgive all sins against ourselves to keep the devil from having control of out lives. (Matt 6:15)
- Take the fight to the devil – No war was ever one being defensive only. At some point we must do damage to the enemies forces. There is no greater damage then saving a soul from hell. By bringing the truth to those deceived we rescue them from satan’s power but we also diminish the amount of people he controls.