by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)
This week we are going to take some time looking at spiritual warfare. This is of interest to some from a kind of curiosity, where to others, it feels like a matter of life and death.
Spiritual warfare is real. The tension is we tend to overestimate or underestimate the reality of spiritual warfare. We either attribute everything to Satan, or ignore what he tries to do. We are caught up in a spiritual struggle between the forces of good and evil. Satan’s greatest trick wasn’t convincing the world that God isn’t real, but that he isn’t real. When we buy into that, we run the risk of attributing evil and darkness to God, and doubting His goodness.
Satan’s greatest tool is deception. Think back to the Garden of Eden, “did God really say…?” Even when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, the devil knew scripture well enough to tempt Jesus and distort truth. So you need to know the truth, which is a person (JESUS) and what sets you free. Consider these verses…
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6, NIV)
“Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (John 8:31b-32, NIV)
The truth is that God is real, He loves you, and has a plan and purpose for your life. Dark times will come. Difficulties will emerge. Staying close to God is key.
Stay tuned each day this week as we continue to flesh out these ideas.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me. Help me to stay close to you when I feel under attack, and to know that you are with me in all ways and all things. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.