Whether you agree with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court or not, one thing is certain, our nation is becoming more and more divided and it’s not looking very pretty at all! In fact, it’s getting downright scary!
It’s one thing to disagree with someone who doesn’t think like you do, or doesn’t see the world as you see it. It’s quite another thing to let that disagreement run rampant into unbridled anger and crazed outrage on either side where people start actually hurting one another, both verbally and physically!
The Bible teaches that Satan is the author of evil and there is a spiritual war being waged between the forces of evil (Satan and his angels), and the forces of good (God’s angelic forces) for the hearts and minds of all of us living in this imperfect world.
Biblical Truths About Spiritual Warfare
In his book, The Invisible War, Chip Ingram outlines the basic truths about spiritual warfare and backs it up with plenty of scripture verses:
- There is an invisible world. The invisible world is just as real as the visible world, and both the Old and New Testaments refer to it often.
- We are all involved in an invisible war. This cosmic conflict has eternal implications; lives are at stake. The enemy’s strategies affect us every day. When was the last time you honestly considered that some struggle or relational conflict was rooted in satanic opposition?
- Our foe is formidable. The goal of Satan is to destroy God’s people and discredit the cause of Christ. He is not to be taken lightly. He is real. He was an angel, the highest of all created beings, who rebelled against God out of pride.
- We must respect our foe but not fear him. Our responsibility is to become acutely aware of Satan’s methods but not be preoccupied by them. We can become educated about his schemes by examining his name in Scripture; all of them reveal something of his tactics.
Satan’s names reveal his tactics:
- Satan (adversary)
- Devil (slanderer)
- Lucifer (son of the morning)
- Beelzebub (lord of the flies)
- Belial (a false god)
- Evil one
- Prince of the world
- Accuser of the brethren
- Representations include: Serpent, Dragon, Angel of light
Satan attacks God’s program, the church, by:
- False philosophies
- False religions
- False ministers
- False doctrine
- False disciples
- False morals
Satan attacks God’s people by:
- Directing governments
- Deceiving people
- Destroying lives
- Persecuting the saints
- Preventing service
- Promoting schisms
- Planting doubt
- Producing sects and cults
- Provoking sin: Anger, Pride, Worry, Self-reliance, Discouragement, Worldliness, Lying, Immorality, and so much more!
Satan’s power is limited. Balance and wisdom are crucial in our assessment of spiritual opposition. To assign too much or too little credit to the reality of demonic activity is to err greatly.
- He is created, therefore not omniscient (all knowing) or infinite (only God is).
- He can be resisted by the Christian: James 4:7
- God places limitations on him: Job 1:12
The Bible teaches, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:24,25)
If we, as a nation of predominantly God-fearing people, want to begin repairing and healing the pain and division we’ve caused by our angry words and actions, then we’ve got to remember who we are actually doing battle with and against!
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephisians 6:12)
May we all continue to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!
To God be the glory!
See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!