This week’s news plus some help in identifying our weaknesses where Satan usually attacks
IT’S NEWS TO ME
Ramadan in London (MUST READ)
Islamist Media Spins: What to Look Out for (MUST READ)
Please Read Mr. President: Turkey Terror Primer (MUST READ)
Reminder: I typically do not cover stories that are being covered by the mainstream media (like the Comey hearing).
SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
Identifying the Enemy
Many of this week’s news stories resulted from an inability, or more accurately, an unwillingness to identify the enemy. The article on Turkey assumes that President Trump does not recognize Turkey’s leader as the enemy he is. The latest London attack took place because police failed to recognize the enemy during a previous investigation. I guarantee you that we will soon see the psychological damage done by our nation’s failure to recognize the morally degenerate and devastating agenda of the LGBT community.
Political correctness keeps London police offers from carrying lethal weapons and allows murderous thugs to get away with murder in the name tolerance and inclusivity. The list goes on. The enemy has surrounded us and has infiltrated us in an attempt to destroy us. By “us,” I am referring to followers of Jesus Christ who are realizing that our freedom to worship, share our faith, and be a positive influence on the culture are under serious attack.
It’s easy for us to identify how the culture has failed to recognize the enemy, Satan. That shouldn’t surprise us since Jesus clearly says that those who don’t belong to Him, as was once true of us, belong to their father the devil-Satan (see John 8: 41-45). We shouldn’t expect them to see their father as their enemy.
We should, however, expect the household of God to recognize the enemy’s activity in our own lives. We should be well aware that he disguises himself as an angel of light. He is the master of deception, and he knows our weaknesses. While it’s true that Jesus Christ defeated him on the cross, he has been allowed to remain here on earth, and to seek those he can destroy.
Despite his defeat at Calvary, he still has power to attack us when we fail to recognize him, fall for his schemes, and allow sin to enter our lives. He knows our weaknesses better than we do, so we must constantly be alert. This is why we must live holy lives. Just as God inhabits the praises of His people, Satan inhabits the sins of God’s people.
If we are to live lives that are pleasing to God, we must ask God to search our hearts and identify our weaknesses, those areas where we tolerate wickedness, those areas we pathetically rationalize away. Once our areas of weakness have been identified and confessed, we must devise a plan of action. We must replace the negative with a positive.
Let’s suppose your weakness is lustful or critical thoughts. Every time such a thought enters your mind, use it as a trigger to immediately send your thoughts to Jesus. Don’t ask Him to remove the wicked thoughts. Simply change the subject by focusing on your wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the last thing Satan wants you to do, so eventually, he will realize that continuing this line of attack is counterproductive.
People of the world are going to act like people of the world. Children of God should lead exemplary lives. To do so requires that we identify all the areas of our lives where we have failed to identify the enemy’s activity. We have been called to be holy and blameless. We must learn to identify the “angel of light” (see 2 Cor. 11: 14) before he has a chance to bring us down.
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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
These notices actually appeared in church bulletins:
– The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.
– Don’t let worry kill you off, let the church help.
– Miss Charlene Mason sang “I Will Not Pass This Way Again,” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
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