Wearing His Righteousness
There is an army vaster than any other on earth. An army of fierce and deadly warriors greater than all the Caesers, Stalins, Hitlers, or Ghengis Khans put together. This army is stronger than Alexander's invincible hordes, and the Father of Lies, the Murderer from the Beginning, heads this army: Satan.
There is a war swirling around us.
Yes, Satan is alive and well on planet Earth. We can see the trail he leaves wherever he goes.
Behind divisions is the slanderer, the devil.
Behind temptation is the tempter from Eden.
Behind the lies is the liar and father of lies.
Behind death and blood shed is he who is a murderer from the beginning.
Behind confusion is the one whose name is destroyer and Apollyon.
There is a war swirling within us.
In C. S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, Uncle Screwtape, a devil, offers his nephew a little advice on the goal and strategy of tempting a human:
You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
Your affectionate uncle
The victory comes from choosing Christ.
Armor for Paul was more than pictures from daily life of the nearly omnispresent Roman legionaries. Very literally, the "whole armor of God" he describes is a picture of Jesus Christ. Eph 6:10-28
Make holiness a habit:
We need to seek daily to be holy and righteous. We need to be confessing and repenting of sin in our lives. That is a clear command in the New Testament.
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