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Discover the Book - Aug. 22, 2009

  • 2009 Aug 22
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Wearing His Faith

 

Watch out; there are deadly missiles headed your way!

Above the softness of our blue green planet there are hostile forces poised. They range across space lurking and flying about at their master's bidding. They are former angels. They are Satan the Dragon's army. They are deadly, vile, malignant and very intelligent. In fact, the word demon in Greek means "intelligence."

These aliens to our planet are highly skilled, incredibly powerful, and usually invisible warriors. They can hear us talk; they can pass through walls; they can fly through space; they inhabit human and animal bodies; they alter human behavior; and they afflict humans with disease, anguish, and turmoil.

These extra-terrestrial beings can take on various forms looking human, looking powerful, and looking fearsome. They are watching over the realm of the serpent and his seed. You see, we saints of God are at war today. There is a conflict going on the likes of which most of us haven't fully comprehended. Swirling around us, the unseen beings of the spirit world are locked in mortal combat. Behind the scenes in every boardroom, political planning session, military strategy session, classroom, worship service and everywhere else, these unseen spirits watch, listen, and whisper their lies. It is the battle for the earth that rages. The god of this world has dispatched his demon warriors with one target: blind the minds of earth's inhabitants until they can't see and won't follow God.

What are their arrows? They shoot to deaden our senses, enflame our desires, deceive our minds, short circuit our consciences, and deafen our ears to God's Word!

First, the ultimate shield of faith was modeled by Jesus.

Is there really a shield of faith that can protect us from all of this? Well let's go to see One who knew just how to use it and see Him win!

Please join me in Matthew 4:1-11 where Jesus is deflecting each of Satan's flaming missiles:

"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, 'If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.' But He answered and said, 'It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."' Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: "He shall give His angels charge over you," and, "In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone."' Jesus said to him, 'It is written again, "You shall not tempt the Lord your God."' Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, 'All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Away with you, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."' Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him."

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