I have been having technical difficulties lately. I have written up 3 blog posts and all three have disappeared into the internet abyss. Guess it’s appropriate with what I’m writing about today. 😉
Did you know that we are in a battle? Did you by chance realize that there are bad things that happen that no one wants to acknowledge, because that would mean saying satan is real?
When we look for a Bible study to read or learn from I think that a lot of us lean towards the happy ones… the ones that will help us grow. But do any of us pick a study or pick up our Bible and say… “I’m going to study the enemy today!” ?
Yeah, I get it! I’ve done the same thing!
But today that is exactly what i did. I opened up my Biblegateway and started searching up names… “Satan”, “devil”, “serpent”, “betrayer”, and so on. I’m going to share with you what I found…why? Because of the opening verse. We are in a battle… there are things going on that we can’t see. Forces that are trying their best to destroy our ministry to others that will lead them to Christ. This is why the armor of God is so important for us that are Believers…no matter where you are at in your Faith (beginner, intermediate, advanced) Satan is going to try and trip you up… beginners it’s hard to shake off all that we’ve done, intermediates become engulfed with a sense of staleness or frustration in their growth, and advanced can easily become full of themselves, thinking they have nothing more to learn. There are no living masters as if you have mastered the Faith it’s time for you to go home.
Now, a while back I was doing a study on Revelations and I learned that Satan has a throne. (Rev 2:13)
And this throne has an earthly area as well, in a city called Pergamum. The ancient town is no more but there is towns built up around it and the ruins are still visible. Look up Bergama,Turkey.
Satan is a deceiver, he lies, and he hides. He’s favorite hiding spot is behind his old title of angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). A lot of times it starts out as “oh this is ok, i’m not breaking a 10 commandment.” or “i’m not hurting anyone”. He helps us shuffle our toes right over that line and before we know it we’re indulging in drugs, or sexual affairs, or letting our anger turn to rage and actually hurting others.
But there is hope, just like with Job, satan can only do so much! God has put restrictions on him and if he tries to do more God will rebuke him! Here are some verses that I found on this:
John 13:27; 2 Corinthians 12:7; Zechariah 3:2; Matthew 4:10; Matthew 16:23
Jesus saw him fall from heaven (Luke 10:18), remember, Jesus was there at the beginning of time, this verse helps to remind us, He has seen everything! If Jesus saw Satan fall, than he saw the first sunrise, He saw when God said “Let it be” and the sky and earth separated. There is nothing that Jesus hasn’t witnessed.
When that day comes for us to stand in front of God and have him judge us, we have always had that reassurance of Jesus being at His right hand side, speaking in our defense. But what I saw in scriptures says that just to the other side of Jesus will be satan. (Job 2:1; Zechariah 3:1) He’ll be standing there reading to list off all our faults, every little white lie, every little negative thought that was sinful. The only thing that will save us, is the Lamb. If he speaks up in our defense than we’re good in God’s eyes, but if He says He does not know us….. satan rubs his hands together in glee.
That makes me shudder!
There is a battle…we can’t always see it, that person that wronged us, that boss that yelled at us, that person that cause the death of our loved one…. Our battle is not with them. Our battle is with the unseen!
There is an army of demons, and there is an army of angels…. And I want that second one fighting for me. But most importantly, I want to know what I’m fighting against and how to do just that.
If you feel that same way… pick up that Bible, open up Biblegateway, or even download YouVersion App and get to studying…not just the fluff pieces but the ones that are harder to read.
Praying for you dear readers! There is so much bad…let us be a light to others!