A Call to Arms by J.D. Glass
I wrote a post about the devil several weeks ago. Someone wanted more, so here it is. If you know your enemy, you have a good chance of defeating him. And I would go as far to say that no one except the devil is your enemy. People just need to be understood, not shot with bullets. The bible says, that we do not battle against flesh and blood but against spirits and principalities of this present darkness.
Is that to say that we should not defend ourselves when it comes down to self defense? Of course not. There was a woman, an 18 year old single mother, who recently shot a man who entered her home mid-night just to protect herself and her three month old infant. She called 911 and received permission to use her 12 gauge on him once he entered her door. Sometimes there is no alternative to violence. But usually, there is a peaceful solution.
I also read a write-up about a fifteen year old boy who was suspected to be a part of the Mexico drug cartel wars wielding a pellet gun in his middle school. He was shot and killed by officers. I was disgusted. Was he stupid and most likely high? Yes. Did he deserve to have his life taken? No. Police have non-lethal detaining methods at their disposal such as rubber bullets and bean bags. That boy could have been given another chance. He had a problem that could have been helped with the right methods. It’s a shame.
So who is the devil? He is the tempter and accuser of mankind. He is the prosecuting attorney in heaven’s high court and we are the defendants. Here’s how it works:
The devil suggests a sin into our minds by whispering in our ears. Then when we act on it he condemns us for our weakness. Then he goes before the Holy One and tells him what rotten people we are. He says that he was thrown out of paradise for less than what we did. But God isn’t fooled. He is a forgiving, loving God who will never leave or forsake his children when they submit to him and resist the devil. But on the other hand, Jesus said, “Don’t sin again or something worse might happen to you (something you may never recover from).”
Temptation in this world puts us in constant jeopardy. If we sin we’re punished; if we resist temptation, we suffer mental anguish until it passes. Life’s hard all around. But we were never promised an easy existence; rather, a worthwhile one when we act in accordance with the rules of wisdom.
What does the devil want? He wants to be like God. He is the leader of the rebel angels and is served by them; in other words, they are subject to him like the holy angels are subject to the God of heaven. He accomplished that, so what else does he want? He needs people to serve him like God has people serving him.
That said, Satan wants to be worshiped and adored. But he’s never satisfied. He will always try to lead God’s children astray like an adulterer who derives pleasure from stealing kisses from unfaithful, weak people (which can be anyone). There are people that will never fall away from the gospel’s truth, but temptation is as real as death and we are always in jeopardy of falling into sin.
When Jesus was praying in the Garden prior to being betrayed by Judas Iscariot, do you know what he told his disciples every time he took a break to check on them? He said, “How is it that you could not stay awake and pray with me? You should be praying not to fall into temptation.”
Why is prayer such a powerful weapon against the spiritual forces that have their claws in man’s world? I don’t know. But from experience, I know it works wonders. There have been nights that I’ve been so alone that the only thing I had was prayer. Prayer has saved me from an early grave through God’s kindness, forgiveness and grace more times than once.
What does the devil fear? He fears people who are alive with the spirit of love. When you are walking around with sunshine beaming from your eyes and a song in your heart the devil starts getting nervous. He hates it when the people’s faith begins to grow. Faith grows like any other muscle. The more we exercise our faith, which is a painful/sometimes scary exercise, the bigger and stronger it becomes.
I have been careful not to write anything insulting or inflammatory against the Evil One. Why? It’s because he’s as real as you and me. I’ve made the mistake of underestimating his reach by saying flip comments about him when I was just beginning to learn about his role in the universe. And every time I did so, I was regretful because that’s when things started getting out of hand in really bizarre ways.
I read in the bible that the angel Michael was confronting Satan over a particular incident and said nothing more than, “The Lord rebuke you.”. There is no need to say anything that will make your enemy hate you more than he does by annoying him with petty insults. The devil is a powerful force of evil in the world and it pays to respect the things we don’t understand.
How can we defeat Satan as a unified race of people? Let’s look at the past hundred years. Over the past century, man has been coming together. From radio to television, phones and the world wide web, planes, trains and automobiles… we have been shrinking the world one generation at a time. Love is the answer to defeating the Evil One. When we learn to love each other and heal the hurts of the past, the world will lose its grip on mankind and the Spirit of freedom will take its place.