The Big Gag

Wow!  What a night I had last night at the War Room!  God is so faithful and last night was a real blessing for me and I hope for those who attended the connection group. About half of those who blessed me with their attention last night were newcomers and they dove in feet first on the topic at hand: The Strategies of Satan.

I knew I had to go in fully prepared for what might happen. I have been fighting a head cold and really thought I was pretty well past it by the time class started. About 30 minutes in, I started coughing uncontrollably and was determined that the enemy was trying to throw me off my game. No way. Being prayed up and in the Spirit means you can be attacked but the enemy is already defeated. He wants as many as he can get to join him where he will one day be eternally, and this was the message. 

Back in the War Room, God puts faithful people before me always and last night, one of these faithful brothers, Jack, rescued me in my coughing, runny-nosed message of hope by getting a bottle of water for me so I could finish what God had put in my heart to say.  Spiritual warfare sometimes isn’t pretty, but it is always productive for those who walk close in partnership with the Holy Spirit!

There are many ways that the devil attacks but principally there are four roles he plays in his attempts to destroy us and we covered three last night: First, he is the Deceiver and his tool is the Lie. We see classic examples of this in Genesis 3, where he introduces himself to Adam and Eve and, oh, how subtle he was! He did then just as he does today all over the world and he persuades others to follow suit.

  • he questions God’s Word
  • he denies God’s Word
  • he then substitutes his own lies

Secondly, he is the Destroyer and his tool in this realm is attacks on our body, the Temple of the Holy Spirit. For the faithful, Satan can’t attack what God hasn’t given him license to and I think some of this is what was happening to me last night-no exaggeration!  This is what the devil did to Job and was so bad at one point that Job’s own wife told him to “curse God and die!”  No one likes to see anyone they love suffering but this impatience for God’s will for us to be healed in His perfect time plays right into Satan’s hand.  In my view, Satan lost that battle last night as I was speaking. Hallelujah!

Last on the War Room agenda for the night was God’s command from Matthew 5:16 : “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  This is not be seen by men doing for ourselves like the hypocritical Pharisees did but to do things, ALL THINGS, for the glory of God!  This is the third role of the devil, played out in the life of David-The Ruler.

The ruler refers to the ruler of this world and that is our enemy, Satan. David was a man after God’s own heart but he found himself under devilish influences often in his long life.  His rule, when it was influenced by Satan, led to his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. Worse yet, this independence in David led him to take a census of the number of people he controlled in his kingdom. Failing to glorify God at all, this led to a plague that ended the lives of over 70,000 people!  This is a lesson for us-when we fail to walk in closeness with our Lord and Savior, we willingly choose to open ourselves up to destruction. When Israel finally died in 70 A.D. it was nearly 1900 years before God allowed it to return.

Be independent from anyone or anything you like, except God.

See you at the next session and thanks again, Jack!


Just Another Attack

Well, here we go again.  The last time I posted anything was nearly a year ago and my wife, son and I were in the midst of selling our home and moving to an apartment as we refocused on a down-sized life and getting debt-free.

Our son, deeply involved in training to become a mechanic and working as one, also was up to his eyeballs in work and the life of an 18 year old. Sandy and I were busy being frustrated and wondering if paying a mortgage and lease at the same time was doable, along with our other obligations.

I stopped blogging so that I could focus on Biblical teaching at my wonderful place of worship, Countryside Christian Center.

Since the move, we have had many changes come into our lives. My health suffered a little but I recovered and returned to work quickly after a three week lay up last summer. The prayers of many, many righteous availed much! God is so faithful and he looks after my little family so well. Sandy and Tim have had their challenges but He in His mercy lifted both of them up and they are meeting those challenges beautifully!

Today, I find myself laid up with a nasty head cold but I am reminded of what Satan sought to do to Job in his trials and this is to the point:  The adversary always seeks to make us impatient for the will of God to be revealed in our lives and to make us not see the glorious result when His will is revealed!  

Tomorrow night, as I have for most of the the past couple of years, I will be teaching in the War Room, that little corner closet where some of my friends and I do battle with the forces of spiritual darkness in this world.  Today is my preparation day and the enemy wants me down for the count, not teaching, and not glorifying God or the One He sent to us to enjoy the victory: Jesus Christ.

Here’s news for you too, friends: the devil wants you down, impatient, groaning and anything but victorious in the Name of Jesus. I’m getting better as I write this and, again, Satan loses. Why? Because My Lord God is faithful!  He keeps His Word and His promises are YES AND AMEN!

If you’re saved in the Name of Jesus, you have a partner in the Holy Spirit who fights these battles for you. If you’re not, you need one now. Take this offer seriously and come to Him. Make Him your partner.

And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only but also for those of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2

Be patient friends, and remember Job’s wife, in her impatience with God, said to Job, “curse God and die!”   The Holy Spirit will make you healthy in body and mind and wise to be patient for God’s glory.