- Thursday, June 05, 2008
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an excerpt from Fight by Kenny Luck (WaterBrook).
Part 1: Facing Evil
"Ignorance is incompetence."
"It is a very human and natural response to fear the unknown. For a believer to keep
himself in the dark about Satan's person and work is a dangerous mistake."
I don't know of any book that actually invites you to begin picking more fights with evil.
And yet you're holding it. Aside from what that says about you, I'm well aware that holding this book may cause some men to feel like the deer from The Far Side comic with the bull's-eye birthmark on his chest. Fact is, you and Hal do have this birthmark issue in common. You've been marked and labeled in the spiritual world, just by virtue of your birth. If you claim the family name of Christian, you are being hunted to be destroyed.
And yet a lot of us are denying this dance to the death even exists. We've heard of the battle and may even be aware of it to some extent, but it's all to little practical effect. We've been duped and made to forget that, unlike Gary Larson's deer, the hunted God's man can actually turn the tables on evil and become the hunter. We have the power and ability to send the hunter packing! It's all a matter of perceiving the spiritual reality and understanding the source of authority.
Most believers are aware of the "right answers" when it comes to the familiar idea of waging spiritual warfare. And yet we're failing at practical application. We look at the cosmic conflict between good and evil more like a Harry Potter movie—it's a tossup which side will prevail until the final frame. And it's this perspective when applied to the real world of spiritual attack that breeds insecurity, hesitation, vacillation, and harm to both believer and the cause of Christ.
I, for one, am loath to take on that reputation. I trust you're with me.
No Interest, or Just No Stomach?
We will have struck a deep blow to our enemy if our concept of the spiritual battle moves forcefully from being an afterthought to a way to believe and behave. Based on the attitudes I encounter in men worldwide regarding evil, I would want us for an opponent if I were Satan.
The painful, sad reality is that the underworld has the upper hand on the ground level of this war with God's men. I'll address this later in the book in detail, but for now let's just say we've been assuming the submissive position of a scared pooch, or been freely giving permission (by our inaction) to evil to trample over our lives and the world with impunity.
A reality check is in order.
It's time to look in the mirror and not be satisfied with what we have become in the midst of the great war for our King. We must make peace with the fact that we are spiritually enabled, empowered, and equipped to make war on the Enemy and do something. We are commissioned to inflict losses, unmask and thwart plots to kill, and deliver those in bondage to darkness into the freedom of the sons of light.
Satan knows who you are. Get that. Then, as every God's man must do on a more urgent basis, you need to accept what that means. What's that, you say? Simple: You cannot ask for a hall pass to get out of this fight. You must also stop living in ignorance and denial.
Instead, you need to understand and get to know Satan's ways. Why? Because you are in a play à la Jason Bourne. You are an asset on assignment to neutralize evil wherever and whenever it rears its insidious head. You are to be feared by the Enemy, not laughed at.
When I signed on to write the God's Man series, there was a deep sense of foreboding every time I pondered the third book (this one). I was, all at once, deeply convicted and committed to stimulating more intelligent and intentional kingdom warfare and intensely aware of what I would be asking for—troubles of another kind. Devilishly bizarre dreams, personal attacks, marital roadside bombs, harassing thoughts, family traumas, conflicts with church members, a double root canal, and a tsunami of satanic diversions are just a sampling of the mortar and artillery rounds that have been lobbed my way.
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