I know it must be hard for many of us to realize we are in the middle of a battlefield. I know I find it difficult at times to acknowledge that Satan wants me as a victory trophy, while God invites me to be living testament to His love,
We may not see ourselves as popular or valuable to be such a prize in such a high-stakes game of life and death, where our only weapon is our faith. The problem is satan will and does attack at any given moment. He is relentless in his pursuit and often our guard just isn’t up.
I know on my best days there are distinct moments when focusing on the word of God is the last thing on my mind. Events and circumstances and people make it seemingly impossible, unlikely or just plain hard.
I have learned now this is when Satan is at the top of his game. You see satan wants us as his personal trophy, dead, stuffed and mounted on his wall in the pit of hell.
When we’re consciously aware of things, satan wants to to embarrass, humiliate and, like a scorned lover, hurt the Lord. What better way to do that than to steal something, degrade something, ruin something that the devil knows the Lord loves. Ma and yes you too.
I don’t know about you but it’s hard to think of myself as that important. It’s hard to consider myself as a pivotal piece in an eternal game of spiritual chess, a queen or king to one and a pawn to the other.
I suppose without knowing it. We are vulnerable. Like a child who unknowingly wanders off into a swamp, he or she has no idea of the danger. Injury and death are but steps away.
That’s how I feel sometimes. I know I’m lost. I know I’m in trouble. If I’m not vigilant, the devil will take me out to celebrate at my wake. Therefore, much like an athlete I pretty much know I’ve got to train and be prepared.
But there are some days I just don’t want to work that hard. I just want to be left alone. But being that simplistic can get you into trouble. That frame of mind can get you killed in this game.
The Bible is full of references about those who be seduced, tricked, abducted, and persecuted for not being true to the word of God. God Himself expresses frustration at times about those who willingly forget (selective memory), or unwillingly choose not to remember who He is and to whom we belong. The consequences can be catastrophic.
So, what’s the answer when you’re not feeling it? What’s the answer to being lost in this world! What’s the answer when we ask why evil is the the world? It’s all about the fight between good and evil. What’s the defense for Satan’s temptations?
It really quite simple. Get into the Word. Get into the Word and strategize an offense and a defense of personal testimony. Armed in this fashion, like Jesus in the desert, the devil cannot win. You know better that me that when you’re determined, you cannot be distracted.
There are some qualities we all possess that arms us for this fight. Recognition, understanding, desire and discipline come to mind. Together they guarantee victory for God and humiliation for the devil. Sometimes it just takes a Will to win.