Thwart the Enemy

Currently, I am reading a novel about World War II. Although the story has nothing to do with the resistance fighters of the war who often gave their lives to thwart the enemy, that’s what I’m thinking about today.

World War II freedom fighters did everything they could to defeat the enemy and stop the forces of evil. As I ponder those brave men and women, I wonder, to what lengths do we, as Christ followers, go to thwart the enemy, Satan, and stop his forces of evil?

The freedom fighters blew up bridges to keep the enemy from crossing and gaining ground. What are we willing to blew up to keep the enemy from gaining ground? Are we willing to remove the things in our lives which easily hand ground over to the enemy? Are we willing to get rid of the things in our lives which are contrary to God’s Word?

Resistance fighters flattened tires to slow down the enemy, and perhaps, gain time to warn those in harm’s way. Are we willing to do whatever it takes to slow down the enemy’s attempts to destroy others? Are we willing to warn others about Satan’s attempts on their life?

Those working in enemy factories often threw scraps of metal into the machinery to stop the assembly line production. Although the Bible can in no way be compared to scraps of metal, how often do we explain the Scripture to others to thwart the enemy, and slow down his attempts to create more chaos and condemnation?

Gasoline was siphoned from enemy vehicles. Gun powder was drained from explosives. Railways the enemy used were blown up. Telegram wires were cut. Weapons the enemy of God uses to advance his agenda of world domination need to have the power siphoned, drained, blown up, and cut to render them powerless.

To do that, we must put on the whole armor of God to withstand the enemy’s attacks. We must fill our lives with what is good, honorable, true, pure, and holy, and think on those things.

All of this, and much more, was done during World War II by resistance fighters to make sure the enemy was stopped.

Just like the brave men and women of the resistance groups of World War II, we face a powerful enemy, but not one who is invincible. We face an enemy who has already been defeated by the power of our Resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Victor of the Battle.

Jesus defeated hell, sin, Satan and death. The enemy has no power except what God grants.

To be sure, a war is being fought. The stakes are high. Everyday the enemy tries to advance and gain more ground. He is relentless in his pursuit of sowing evil. He will use any and all methods he feels necessary to meet his goal.

And as those whose Commander is the God of Heaven’s Army, we must use any and all methods necessary through the power of the Holy Spirit in us to make sure Satan fails.

What tactics do you use to thwart the enemy?

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Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. 1 Peter 5:8 (TLB)

You can find my September Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Don’t Trade What Is Right for What is Wrong

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Edmond trades what is right for what is wrong. His life was demanded in return for his  unwise choice.

If you haven’t read the book, or seen the movie, spoiler alert ahead.

While in Narnia, Edmond trades his soul to the White Witch, that most beautiful lady, for a box of candy; Turkish Delight. He decides to trade what is right for what is wrong. When the White Witch demands Edmond’s live in return, Aslan the Lion, willingly trades his life for Edmond’s.

At the hands of the White Witch, Aslan is sacrificed in Edmond’s place.

BUT.

The witch did not know the power of Aslan. She did not know he would be resurrected. She did not know Aslan would defeat her in battle.

It’s easy to point out the folly of Edmond’s selfish choices and decisions. If I really consider the truth, however, I realize I’m not so different from Edmond. I’ve made poor selfish choices and decisions myself.

I’ve traded what is right for what is wrong. Maybe I haven’t been tricked by a box of candy, but I have allowed myself to be tricked by the father of all lies, Satan.

Maybe you have as well.

We think we’re standing pretty solid in our faith walk and aren’t as vigilant as we should be. Satan shows up and offers us whatever Turkish Delight will tempt us. We accept the candy he peddles. It’s really rather tasty. And like Edmond we have a choice of where to place our allegiance.

Do we become enslaved to the provider of the confection which only gives momentarily delight, or do we place our hope and trust in the One who frees us from our chains and provides us with eternal life?

Do we trade what is right for what is wrong?

Fortunately for Edmund, Aslan willingly traded places with him and satisfied the penalty of death the White Witch demanded with his own life.

As those who belong to Jesus through our faith in him, we have the Messiah, our Savior, our King who traded places with us and satisfied the penalty of death sin demands with his own life.

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Keep awake! Watch at all times. The devil is working against you. He is walking around like a hungry lion with his mouth open. He is looking for someone to eat. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Satan is Vicious But Not Victorious

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

On October 2, 2017 Max Lucado wrote a compelling blog post titled Evil: Why in the World? after the shootings in Las Vegas. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do. In light of the shootings last Sunday in Texas, I decided to share some of the points Max made in his post.

Max began his post by stating, Where the Bible may not tell us the why of the tragedies, it is quick to tell us who.”

Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world. Ephesians 6:12 (NCV)

He goes on to say, “The Bible names a real and present foe of our faith: the devil. He is not just a symbol for evil, he is the source of evil. He doesn’t live in myths and fables, he is an actual being who stalks our planet. He knows his time is short so he seeks to wreak havoc on every occasion.”

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

The are several main take-aways I received from Max’s post that I would like to share with you: “We play into the devil’s hand when we pretend he does not exist. The devil is a real devil … Be alert to the devil, but don’t be intimidated by him. … But, and this is huge, the devil is a defeated devil.”

Near the end of his post Max reminds the reader what we should do when Satan threatens. Turn to God in prayer. Go immediately to Scripture. Stand on the promises of God regarding Satan.

God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world (1 John 4:4 NCV)

Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)

[The devil] is filled with fury because he knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12)

 

I will close my post with the same words Max closed his. “Satan may be vicious, but he is not victorious.”

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The God who brings peace will soon defeat Satan and give you power over him. Romans 16:20 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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