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)

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Final Victory

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Yesterday, May 8, was the anniversary of Victory in Europe May 8, 1945. Although V-E Day was a major victory, it wasn’t until September 2, 1945 World War II officially ended with V-J Day and the formal surrender of Japan. As the people in Europe celebrated their liberation from the enemy, I believe at the back of their mind they realized there was still a final victory yet to come.

While I contemplated the significance of those two days in history, I considered the major victories Christians have through our Savior Jesus Christ that lead up to the final victory over the enemy the day God tells his Son, it’s time. Go get your bride.

We are grateful for the liberation from God’s enemy, but we realize there is still a final victory yet to come.

 

Jesus’ death for the sins of the world, his resurrection and defeat of hell, sin, Satan and death, his return to his throne in heaven-where he sits at the right hand of his Father and  prepares a place for believers to live with him as he awaits the day of his return-are victories that will culminate in the grand, final defeat of Satan. Glory hallelujah!

Although it was a major victory, V-E Day was not the end to World War II. Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension were major victories, but not the end of the spiritual war. That victory is yet to come. But it will come.

While we wait for the Final Victory, let’s not grow weary in doing good.

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Then I saw heaven opened, and there before me was a white horse. The rider on the horse is called Faithful and True, and he is right when he judges and makes war. His eyes are like burning fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him, which no one but himself knows. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in fine linen, white and clean, were following him on white horses. Out of the rider’s mouth comes a sharp sword that he will use to defeat the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will crush out the wine in the winepress of the terrible anger of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his upper leg was written this name: king of kings and lord of lords. Revelation 19:11-16 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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