Battle-ready

In a divinely appointed follow up to my last post on “Christian contentment”, I saw something last night that makes it all so clear.  My wife and I were blessed with tickets to go see the new broadway production of C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters”.  If you’ve never taken the opportunity to read this work of art, Screwtape is one of Satan’s demons, on a hell-bent mission to disrupt the daily life of his “patient” on earth.  His goal is to keep this patient as far away from believing in the “Enemy” (God) as possible, so that in the end, he will live in eternity with his “Father” (Satan).  Through a series of letters, Screwtape speaks to his nephew (Wormwood; demon assigned to the patient on Earth) with directives on how to keep his patient from becoming a Christian.

First of all, I would highly recommend seeing this production if you get the chance.  Secondly, there are some who think that spiritual warfare is reserved for the insane, possessed, non-Christians, or movies like The Exorcist.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  People often forget that the smallest, most minute thought can keep one from drawing closer to Christ.  Christians don’t want to believe that there are demons out there that are battling with all their might to keep one from experiencing the greatest gift of all, an intimate life-long relationship with their Savior.  What I am saying is that there is a constant spiritual battle going on, and as a Christian I need to be “battle-ready”.

Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

In my last post, this is EXACTLY what our enemy wants.  A load of Christians that are content, and NOT living to draw closer to Christ.  As long as they are NOT reading their bibles, NOT having devotions, and NOT doing anything to deepen their relationship with their Heavenly Father, Satan is victorious.  In an excerpt from “The Screwtape Letters”, Screwtape addresses the next graduating class of “tempters”:

“I hope, and believe, that each one of you have the same uneasiness tonight.  Your career is before you.  Hell expects and demands that it should be – as Mine was – one of unbroken success.  If it is not, you know what awaits you.”

My challenge to myself and all Christians is to NOT let that happen.  The moment you become distracted with ANYTHING that is taking your focus away from your faith in Christ, you are in a momentary battle against those spiritual hosts of wickedness.  FIGHT!!  Fight with all your might and power that you have in Jesus to resist that influence and focus your eyes on Christ.  BE VICTORIOUS!!

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