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Don’t Fall for the Enemy

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Have you seen the the TV show on Fox called Lucifer? It’s based on the comic book series by the same name, published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. The gist of the show is that Lucifer (aka Satan, aka the Devil) gets bored running Hell, resigns his evil throne, and hangs out in LA where he helps the LAPD find and punish criminals. (Source: Wikipedia.)

I’ve never watched the show, but the commercials make me nauseas. I love science fiction, so it doesn’t offend me when a show is based on a weird idea, or the question “what if this happened”? But the notion of the Devil helping us fight crime makes me physically sick.

Know Thy Enemy

Apparently, we all need a little reminder of who Lucifer / Satan / the Devil really is:

  • Lucifer was an angel who exalted himself above the God who created him, which was a profound act of pride, arrogance, and self-worship. Since he no longer worshipped God, he fell from grace. (See Isaiah 14:12-15 and Luke 10:18.)

The name Lucifer means “light bearer.” Depending on your translation of the Bible, the name Lucifer may appear only in Isaiah 14:12, or it may not appear at all because it is translated as “star of the morning.”

  • The word “Satan” means “adversary.” This word appears often in both the Old and New Testaments as a proper name for Lucifer (presumably because he wasn’t so light and shiny after he fell from God’s presence).

When Jesus sent out 70 followers into nearby cities, He warned them that we were like “lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3 NAS). But when they returned, they were full of joy, saying “even the demons are subject to us in Your name” (Luke 10:17 NAS). Satan may be a formidable adversary, but he is not omnipotent.

Paul states that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15 NAS). In other words, Satan uses deception to lure people to follow him, and those followers use the same methods to undermine the church.

  • The word “Devil” is only used in the New Testament and means “slanderous, accusing falsely.”

Peter wrote, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith…” (1 Peter 5:8 NAS).

James said simply, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will free from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7-8 NAS).

  • The word “enemy” is a general description or title given to any “hostile” adversary. However, Jesus makes it clear that the Devil is the primary enemy. (See Matthew 13:24-30 and 37-39.)

While Lucifer / Satan / the Devil is an enemy of God—and our Enemy with a capital E—he is NOT on equal footing with God. This is not Batman vs. Superman, each with their own special skills. God created Lucifer, and the created being does not have more power than its Creator. It’s true the final battle hasn’t been fought yet, but the war has already been decided. (See Revelation 20:2 and following.)

Don’t Fall for the Enemy

The Enemy’s most successful ad campaign has been to convince well-meaning people that he doesn’t exist. This ideology has turned “educated” people against the “backwards, un-educated, superstitious” church to the point that Christians have questioned their own theology. The result has been a lukewarm, unnecessary faith—the kind that’s nice to have on Christmas but not really necessary for Easter.

Now, the Enemy is trying to convince us that he’s just like us—going through struggles, misunderstood by the world, and just trying to do the right thing while having a good time. He’s a 21st Century down-on-his-luck kinda guy.

Don’t fall for it!

The Enemy is our ultimate adversary. He hates our ever-loving guts, and he wants us to suffer in ways we can’t even imagine. He employs every tactic he can, withholding nothing in his evil scheme. He thrives on confusion, dissent, pride, lust, arrogance, manipulation, and every other sin known to man. He desires nothing more than for you to be homeless, addicted, violent, dependent, depraved, alone, and lost, for then you won’t be useful for the Kingdom of God.

Nothing to Fear

As dangerous as the Enemy is, we still have nothing to fear! God loves you and desires to protect you and fight for you. (See Psalm 121:7 and Isaiah 41:10.) Read your Bible to know more about the Lord. Pray regularly to align your thoughts with His. Resist sin in your life. It’s not difficult, but it is important!

Remember: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will free from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7-8 NAS).

“The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.  The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever” (Psalm 121:7-8  NAS).

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The Nutri-God Lie

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If you watch the sales ads, you’ll notice a theme this month: sales abound for workout clothes, exercise equipment, juicers, and blenders. If you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, gain muscle, get limber, or just get healthy, now’s your chance to buy all the tools necessary to get you there!

One of those typical sales items is the Nutri-Bullet. Robby’s mother got me one of these a couple years ago for Christmas. It’s designed to easily chop and blend veggies, and you can even drink right out of the mixing container so you don’t have to dirty multiple dishes. It’s brilliant!

Although I love my Nutri-Bullet, I don’t use it every day. I don’t want it to get dusty or in the way, so I don’t keep it out on the counter. It’s really handy, though, so I store it in a cabinet, within easy reach.

 

The Nutri-God

 

I get the feeling that most of us treat God like a Nutri-Bullet.

 

The Excitement

We get so excited about the gift of salvation God has given us (especially around Christmas time).

Wow! You did this for me?

We tell people about Him.

I got the best gift ever! You should get some of this!

 We make plans to incorporate God in our daily lives.

I’m going to get the most out of this every single day!

 

The Problem

We have good intentions. But, come January, life happens, and all our goals and plans – even those concerning God – take a back seat.

We begin to treat God’s Word like the little cookbook that comes with the Nutri-Bullet.

I’ll look at that tomorrow, when I’m in the mood. Besides, I don’t need that right now.

We begin to feel like God is actually getting in the way of things.

 I can do this easier on my own. I don’t really need Him for this.

 We get self-conscious of having “too much” God around.

 I don’t want my friends to feel uncomfortable when they come over. Maybe they’re not as “into this” as I am.

 We don’t even realize the moment when we first put God away, out of sight and out of mind.

Where is that peace I need today? I think I put it here somewhere….

 

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The Lie

The enemy wants us to believe his lies:

  • All we need to do is “incorporate” God into our lives. There’s no need to go overboard.
  • It’s OK to pull God into our situation, ask Him questions, and use Him as we need to.
  • When we’ve got what we need, we can just clean up the evidence and stow God safely away – close enough to reach again in the future, but out of the way, and hidden from view.
  • Certainly, God should never get between us and our dreams, and He shouldn’t interfere with our lives as we want to live them.
  • Since “God is love,” He’s OK with this plan. Like the Nutri-Bullet, He’s here to serve.

Those are all lies.

 

The Truth

God’s truth is so much better:

  • Our purpose is to serve God. (Exodus 20:5)
  • The Word of God is the power to save. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
  • The Word of God is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing into the soul and spirit. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • Everything we do should be in the name of Jesus. (Colossians 3:17)
  • We should be obedient to God’s will, and our actions should be holy. (1 Peter 14-16)
  • We should (and can) rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks for God’s will no matter what the situation is. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

This short list doesn’t even scratch the surface, but it does help put a few things in perspective.

 

The Encouragement

God does not exist to serve us; we exist to serve Him. Therefore, we should not attempt to incorporate Him into our lives but, instead, should surrender our lives to Him.

I want to encourage you, as we dive into a new year, to continue to learn more about God and His will for your life. Resist the urge to treat God like your personal Nutri-Bullet. Take God off the shelf and out of the cabinet. Make Him the focus of your life this year and every year.