Notes on Christian Warfare (11)

‘Fighting the Good Fight”

The way, the truth and the life!

The Spiritual Attraction  (Ephesians Chapter 6 Verses 10-20)

The enemy of God and our souls works through every department of human life. The intellectual arena, aesthetics, culture, and religious values. The development of sin is clearly seen in the ‘civilised’ world as ever before. Satan takes hold of and uses the world’s intellectual and scientific capacities, make no mistake he makes himself appear attractive, very attractive. He is the master of deception, do not ever forget that. The manifestation of Satan to our first parent Eve was brilliant, dazzling, and so very shrewd (Genesis 3:3). He has not changed. There is a hypnotic aura, shine, brilliance to him that he is able to draw hordes after him. Rest assured you are not dealing with that cartoon character with a horn on his head and a pitchfork in his hand. He wields a diabolical power. He can appear as the Pied Piper, in sight, sound, in appearance and desirability. He can captivate a person’s mind and in doing so he has them ensnared. If he can condition the minds, the pattern of thinking of men and women he can increase his kingdom ten-fold. How do you poison a lake? Do take a bucket of poison and go dump it in the lake? No, you go to the source, the spring, the fountain and poison that, the stream will do the rest, carrying the poison into the entire lake. How do you poison a society? Same way. You go to the fountain, the schools, the colleges, the universities, and poison their developing minds. And the poison will be carried out into every part of that society. So where do you think you will find Satan most active? At the spring, the fountain-head of society. In education, in science, in medicine, in politics, the entirety of the lake of society is poisoned with the venom of Satan’s anti-God thinking. He sows the poisonous seed then sits back while a sinful, unregenerate humanity does the rest of the work for him.

The disaster and development of the fall are coming to full fruition today, leading I believe to the consummation of history. The development of the kingdom of the Antichrist, the kingdom of man without God. The promotion of rebellion against God, denials of Christ, and utter lawlessness. He has puffed their minds, deluding them into thinking that there is no limit to what man alone can do, without God. The old lie, “ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5). And, “go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven” (Genesis 11:5). His aim is to oust God from his throne by declaring the sovereignty of man. This is the lie he feeds into fallen, rebellious man’s mind, you are sovereign, you can rule, you can solve your every problem on your own, without God. His power is evil and it is for real. It is determinded wickedness. It is seen in the gospels in the personal experiences of Jesus. You see his wiles working against those who set themselves to obey God. He comes against them with a vengeance. If you are determined to get yourself right with God through Jesus Christ, you are in for trouble, spiritual trouble I mean. There is going to be a battle for your soul make no mistake. He does not lie down easily. He comes with his tormenting accusations, brutal assaults and crafty corruptions against the believing people of God. He is after all the prince of Hell. You better believe it and you better be armed, with the full armour of God (v12).

(© James R Hamilton, written Summer, 2014)
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