There Is An Enemy
Posted by: Josh Larrabee
Focus Verse: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
The idea of the devil brings many images to mind. Usually, it involves a red hue, horns of some sort, and a devious and/or terrifying facial expression. It is almost as if we are trying to make a caricature of him so he doesn’t seem as bad as he is. The reality is that the devil is everything the world finds attractive. It’s a lot easier to acknowledge something is bad when it visually looks bad. But when it’s attractive, it becomes a lot harder to reconcile the fact that it’s not good. Satan is no stranger to deception. He’s been doing it ever since the Garden of Eden when he tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God. A choice was made to act on our own wisdom and not God’s.
Satan’s influence is found in his ability to manipulate our perception of what truth is. His tactics are subtle, slowly leading us down a path of making “not-that-bad” decisions that compound and result in us losing sight of God’s truth. We see it all through our culture, except it’s become so common that it becomes difficult to recognize. We have advertisements telling us how to look our best, how to smell good, how to smoke the “healthy” way, and an excessive amount of alcohol commercials depicting the heightened social status one can gain by drinking (insert beer/vodka/whisky/tequila company here). Then there’s social media which is destroying the psyche of those who befall the never ending abyss of what perfection can and should look like. Depression and anxiety are at an all-time high. Satan’s influence is running rampant with seemingly little to no effort on his part. Just like the Garden of Eden, human wisdom is trying usurp Godly wisdom to the detriment of mankind.
How can we combat this? Paul gives us some insight in Romans 12:2. He says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” To conform to the world is to deny God. We are called to be in the world but not of the world. To combat the lies of Satan, we need to be saturated in the Scripture, the Word of God, the truth of God. We need to renew our minds by seeking God’s wisdom instead of our own. When we align our hearts with God, our desires become his desires. His will becomes clear to us. The only way to do that is through reading the Bible and praying. The world makes it so easy to go down the path that leads to destruction. The way of the world is contrary to the way of God but through a growing relationship with him, we can combat the lies and attacks of the enemy. Jesus defeated the power of evil three days after his death. He made a way for us to escape the trap of deception so that we can live to the fullest potential God has for us, which is far beyond anything we could ever imagine. Let us focus our minds through meditation on the words and truths of Scripture so we can more readily recognize the attacks of the enemy.
Scripture Meditations for this week:
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The Screwtape Letters By C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce By C.S. Lewis
Counterfeit Gods By Tim Keller