Spiritual Warfare Starts At Home
This weekend I had someone say to the that all religions are cults, and that Christianity is a cult. They even compared witchcraft to Christianity. This is both scary and saddening to know that these type of comments and beliefs are pretty normal anymore in our society. How can this many people not know the truth of Jesus Christ?
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“But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.” – 2 Peter 2:12
Many people truly desire the truth, and look everywhere but in the Word of God. Often these people who are seeking truth have Christian friends who they hang out with. Consequently, these people judge Christianity based upon the actions of other Christians who are imperfect and fail miserably every day.
Something to consider… if we are going to win souls to the Lord, it is going to take a concerted effort. We can’t just “give church a try”. Further, we shouldn’t expect that 1 hour per week sitting in church on a Sunday giving church a try isn’t going to set us up for success. How much time do we give to our schooling, movies and music, news and social media?
Truth be told, these activities take up most of our time and become the primary influence in our thoughts and beliefs. And whether we recognize it or not, we are at war against the devil and his schemes. A few scriptures to consider:
- “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8
- “there will be false teachers among you… secretly introducing destructive teachings, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into dispute.” – 2 Peter 2:1-2
These scriptures accurately reflect what is happening each day. The attacks of the enemy are deliberate and continual.So what are we to do to defend ourselves from these around the clock attacks. And while we know that all things are possible through our Lord Jesus Christ, where does our responsibility come into play?
I have a ton of ideas, this question occupies my mind continually. But before trying to solve the world’s problems I figured I would start first at home, with myself. What could I do in my walk with the Lord? How could I give God a better chance to work in my life? The simple answer was more time in God’s Word.
I simply started giving God more of my time and thoughts. We all can easily do this by reading the Bible every day and just jotting down some notes about what God is revealing to you that day. And as we read, be sure to read with expectancy and listening carefully for the message that God has intended directly for you.
God does reveal himself to us. He does give us signs. Mark 16:17 tells us that, “signs will accompany those who believe”. So be expecting them. But don’t expect that every day will be as profound as the next. Just relax and know the God will direct us in time when we seek him earnestly.
What is important is to start reading the Word of God a little each day, reflecting on His Word, and then asking God for direction. The immediate result is not as important as building the discipline. We have to give the Word of God a chance to do it’s work.
My prayer for you today is that you start giving the Word of God a better chance to take root in your life. God is in the business of empowering his faithful. And God will do this for you. Have faith, for our God is faithful. Thank God for the Word, the Truth, and the Life.
I call you blessed.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your great Word today. Fill us with your infinite wisdom, and let us walk in the power of your Holy Spirit. Let your divine purpose be revealed in us and help us to keep focused on our eyes on you. Reveal to us your divine and unique purpose for us. Draw us closer to you. Build up our faith each and every day. Help us to work together as one church to advance your kingdom and bring countless into relationship with you. Guide and bless our every step, our every Word, our every thought. We thank you for all that you have done, and the work that you are going to do. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Isaiah 53-56; 2 Peter 2
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
“For if God is with us, who can be against us.” – Romans 8:31
“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
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