Enemy at the Door

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ENEMY AT THE DOOR

Satan (false accuser), our enemy is a defeated foe (Col 2:15) and yet he stands between us and a spiritual feast (Psalm 23:5). He and his defeated forces are arrayed against us (Eph 6: 12). We only need to “put on the whole armor of God” and stand, holding fast to and in the victory and triumph of our Lord Jesus. His end has been predicted- to be captured and cast into the lake of fire to be tormented for ever (Rev 20:10). Yet, he is active and determined to undo the work of the cross and bring despair and fall of every believer
Apostle Paul talks about the “wiles of the devil” in Ephesians 6:11. ‘Wiles’ in the original is a compound word combining travel and trickery – literally ‘leading up the path’. Satan puts in an appearance in the initial pages of the Bible itself and on 3 occasions he physically appeared and attacked – Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to deceive, in heaven to destroy Job and alongside Zechariah to discredit ( accuse) him. Today also he carries out his attacks directly as well as indirectly.

Direct Attack
He attacks: • Possessions: wealth, livestock, jobs, houses etc. as in Job 1:14-17 • People ( close to us) as in Job 1:19- sons, daughters • Person as in Job 2:7- physical illness like sores , boils
He also • Prevents saints from carrying out the Lord’s work as in 1 Thess 2:18

Today also he carries out the same manner of attacks- missions, evangelists and believers. But just like Job and Apostle Paul and many others – all are granted Grace from above and let all say ‘…blessed be the name of the Lord’(Job1:21) and like the apostles rejoice that they were ‘counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name’ (Acts 5:41)
However, the mind is the playground of the devil and that’s where he attempts to trap us and spoil our witness and lead our hearts astray. 1. Deception: means to cheat, beguile,…...

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