He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour
(1 Peter 5:8
WARNING! A murderous terrorist who hates you is lurking near your home, threatening your life and that of your family! He is actually threatening to destroy your home.
Until recently, you might say, "That couldn't happen to me. I live in the United States of America, thousands of miles away from such danger." However, let me warn you that we are much closer to terrorist activity in our lives than you may have imagined.
The threat we face as Christians is from someone far more sinister and deadly than any fanatical zealot. Although he doesn't use hijackings and bombings to accomplish his purpose in our lives, he can be every bit as destructive, and more so. I'm speaking of the author of terrorism, our adversary, the devil. He is the most cruel and powerful terrorist in the universe.
Of the many weapons in his arsenal, one of his most effective is evil desire. Desire in itself is a God-given ability. When controlled by the Holy Spirit, desire can accomplish great things for our Lord. Used improperly, however, it is a deadly force which Satan uses to destroy your family, your career and your future.
We cannot fight terrorist thoughts in our own strength; however, the secret to our defense is revealed in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (KJV).
Only by taking every thought captive and making it obedient to God can we resist the powerful assaults of the devil.
God warns us against this master terrorist and our personal war on terrorism in Ephesians 6:11-18: "Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith
, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests" (NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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