I came accross this passage in a book entitled Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard. The book is a 365 day devotional/keep your head screwed on straight type of book. I have a deep appreciation of Zig and was fortunate to spend some private, one on one time with him back in the late 1980’s. I am just learning about Dr. Ike.
What a treat that was, spending an hour with Zig, and if the technology existed at the time, that would have been a selfie for the ages. I wrote about it here.
I was asked to read the passage below at a meeting the other night and as I read it out loud, I was mesmerized by it’s message regarding the devil. It might not make sense to you, but it sure does to me. There are few things I am as sure of as I am about spiritual warfare and the battle for souls. I have a birthday coming up in a few weeks and I think that a copy of this book is what I will ask my wife for as a present.
I take no credit for these paragraphs and give it to where it is due, to the authors.
The lesson for January 31st.
“Author C. S. Lewis said that we often make one of two mistakes about the devil: We either make too little of him or too much of him. We need to avoid those extremes. In the book of Ephesians, Paul writes beautifully about our new life in Christ and the way we work together as the body of Christ, and he gives us clear directions about how to relate to God, to our family members, to other believers, and to those who don’t know Christ. Now, at the end of his letter, he addresses the isue of spiritual warfare.
“Don’t be surprised to find yourself in a fight,” Paul seems to be saying. “And remember all the rest of what I have written to you in this letter.” Satan uses several different ploys to block our walk with God. He uses temptation — of sex, money, power, pleasure and possessions – – like a fishing lure to get us to chase something that looks good but is very harmful to us. He tries to confuse us with conflicting teaching about God and His will so that we stop moving forward and drift in a cloud of uncertainty. And he attacks us with accusations (You’re rotten, “God will never forgive that,” or “How can you call yourself a Christian?”) to try to make us doubt God’s love and forgiveness.
God has given us powerful armor to protect us and the word of the Spirit, the Scriptures, to enable us to fight back (see Ephesians 6:13-17). We need to prepare ourselves for the fight with truth, grace and faith, so that in the heat of battle, we have the resources we need to fight effectively.
“To the degree that God will use you, the devil – to an equal degree – will try to destroy you” …Ike Reighard.