“Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Revelation 12:12, NKJV). As a preacher I can’t help but to think about my own failings in conveying the seriousness of this sentiment to people walking blindly in this world. It may be that there is no fault in me in this regard, but I refuse to allow myself to think that way. Why? As a preacher, I have responsibilities that are not those of non-preachers (cf. James 3:1). I well understand the Lord’s terror (2 Corinthians 5:11), thus, I do what I can to bring this message of the Lord’s righteousness to the ears of any and all I can. This is not depressed thinking, but instruction made clear by the Lord about the eternal destiny of people. Satan, with a mighty force, seeks who he can devour – and his devouring appetite in never filled. He knows he has but a short time (viewed from the vantage point of the individual man), and with gusto he seeks his victims. Let us help one another in distributing the Lord’s message.
Earlier this week a brother posted a link on Facebook concerning the aggressive nature of Satan’s forces standing opposed to the Lord’s way. Not long before that post on Facebook I received an email concerning the current administration leading us headlong into the future with leaders standing up for immorality. Thursday’s newspaper had a lead news piece and picture concerning homosexual marriage and, finally, a lead news item was that a current television star (on the A&E channel) was suspended because of his remarks in relation to homosexuality and hell.
Joshua said to the men: “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the LORD” (Joshua 6:7). Thinking about the above paragraph in relation to the words in Joshua, I can’t help but to think about what the Lord said with regard to the armor we are to have on. In part, Paul said this: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:11-13, NKJV).
By the sheer size and force of Satan’s army, the fight ahead of us is monumental, but it’s a fight with which we must be engaged. It is terribly unfortunate (evil) when Christians engage in support of such evil via ignorance and the ballot box (a vote for Satan, not the Lord). Christians must be engaged in this battle; it’s the Lord’s charge and to not be is to be in support of that which the Lord opposes. Be sure, therefore, you are properly armed to face a foe you have no prayer of successfully opposing on your own—you need the Lord. He has prepared us for this battle. RT