This present darkness

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10-12

A few years back Frank Peretti wrote a book titled “This Present Darkness” which illustrated the struggle we face between the world of light and the world of darkness. It is a lot easier to take the fight to other humans than to fight the real enemy. People tend to look at you strange if you start talking about Satan and demons. They may still look at you strange if you come out against abortion providers or the gay agenda but at least they are not quite ready to seek commitment papers. So to fit in we couch our words in terms of sin. People may call us intolerant but at least they aren’t calling us crazy.

We need to be fighting not against men but the devil. One way we can do that is to bring in those who unknowingly are following Satan out of the darkness and into the light of God. We won’t do that with angry words but with love. We need to show them God’s love through our words and most importantly our actions. Every time someone moves from darkness to light the devil looses.

We also need to fight Satan in the church. Satan may not be able to keep believers from God but he can make us ineffective. He can place seeds of doubt in our minds making us doubt our salvation or our effectiveness. He whispers that what we are doing is not good enough or that we should do more. If we listen we become discourages and soon we find ourselves on the sidelines.

We need to call sin sin but we need to do so in a loving way and let the Holy Spirit convict the unbeliever of his sin and the need to turn to Christ. Love is the one weapon that Satan cannot counter.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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