Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.” (Hebrews 2:14)

I once heard that birds in the island of New Zealand cannot fly; yet they are endowed with wings. The reason is that in New Zealand there are no predators threatening them and they therefore have no reason to flee. The absence of any threat to their lives has created for these birds a state of complacency and in the process they have lost the ability and instinct to fly to safety.

Whilst this may be true for the birds in New Zealand, it is not true in the world we live in. We have a common enemy whose name is a household word, Satan. Our Lord Jesus clearly characterised him as “The thief [who] comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10a) In a nutshell, these words define Satan’s mission. It does not matter how we describe him; that is exactly what his operations consist of. His mission is to do as much harm to humanity as possible on a wider scale but most particularly to those who believe in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  

Satan and his demons are roaming up and down the earth just looking for people they will destroy – people that they will molest and even kill.  “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) Satan has no other activity than to ruin your life if you fall prey for his lies - if you yield to his temptations and ploys to destroy you and your future. First, you will have to let him.

For a start, we must have to be conscious of the fact that life is a battlefield--not a pleasure cruise. Except we brace ourselves and are ready to put up a defence, we are in a self-destruction mood. Many have lost their lives in this manner because they lacked consciousness that they have an enemy, Satan, who is waging war against them. Unfortunately, many lives have been ruined because they have failed to see the enemy behind their problems. The Bible warns us that we are not fighting against ‘flesh and blood’ (mere human beings) but against a powerfully constituted and highly-organised spiritual force. The apostle Paul warns in no uncertain terms “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The devil is behind all of our problems. The trials and tribulations we face on earth are of his doing. But our Lord Jesus has given us a rescue plan that would deliver us from his hands -- an exit that would render his attacks futile and of no effect. In this regard, the apostle revealed that, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8b) Jesus Himself declared: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b) He came to defeat the destroyer so that we may claim victory over him and sin through His shed-blood on the cross of Calvary.

We are fighting from the position of victory and not of defeat. Therefore every time Satan throws his fiery darts at us, we must ward them off with the shield of faith, armed with the fact that he cannot do anything against us because our Lord Jesus is our shield and buckler against whose name his arrows will bounce back.

Satan tried to deceive our Lord Jesus as he did with Adam and Eve but to no avail. Thrice he tempted Him with earthly things but each time he was rebuffed with words of Scripture. “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that that comes from the mouth of God.” (Deuteronomy 8:3) “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” (Deuteronomy 6:16) “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ ” (Deuteronomy 6:13)

The good news is that because our Lord Jesus has conquered Satan we also can when we clothe ourselves with the authority He has given us. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have conquered the world! (John 16:33) “He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. 

Our Lord Jesus came to deliver humanity from the hands of the evil one prone to wrecking havoc on God’s creation. Humanity in the face of his taunts may seem helpless. That however is not the case anymore. God sent His Son to redeem humanity from the curse and from under his grip. “The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Knowingly indulging in sin after we have heard of the liberating power of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Only One who is able to break the power of Satan, will tantamount to digging our own graves. The devil has no friends, so do not flirt with him. He is a defeated foe with no future except his abode in hell and he does not want to reside there alone. He is seeking company. Reject his advances and offers. He is up to no good. “Resist him [the devil] and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) “Resist him, standing firm in the faith...” (1 Peter 5:9)

Never see your friend, relative or boss as your real enemy. Every trouble and any trial come from the devil. He is behind all our miseries. Your weapon is unlike the world’s weapon. The weapons we fight are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” The Bible tells us also how. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Author: By Galandou Gorre-Ndiaye