October 14, 2008
A Real Enemy
1 Peter 5:8-10
Let’s play a little game. Imagine that you’re a soldier during wartime. You’ve made it through basic training, mastered the weapons of war, memorized all the relevant warfare strategies, and are heading into battle.
You’ve seen the war in the news headlines for months. Friends of yours have already been deployed. And now that you’re on the front lines, you witness explosions and desolation all around you. Without a doubt, you know that there is an enemy out to destroy you.
Now, imagine a fellow soldier coming to you and saying, “I really don’t believe there’s an enemy out there. I think it’s a myth, or maybe just a metaphor for evil. It isn’t real.”
How ridiculous! There, in the middle of battle, with fallen comrades and used ammunition littering the battlefield, how on earth could an intelligent person fail to acknowledge the presence of the enemy? It is unthinkable.
And yet, this exact situation is taking place in churches all around the world. Despite the evidence of war and regardless of the overtly personal and custom-fit nature of the attacks, an astounding number of Christians simply do not believe in the existence of Satan. This is a tragic mistake.
My friend, there is a very real, personal Enemy stalking you right now, waiting for the opportunity to destroy you completely. If you want to grow and experience maturity in the Christian life, then you must take this battle seriously.
Are you prepared today? Put on your spiritual armor and follow the Lord into battle.
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