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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Enemy

Know Your Enemy
On Wednesday mornings I am in a study with a group of men.  For the past several weeks we have been studying Satan.  Why?  Because it is important to know your enemy.
In order to resist him we need to know our enemy well.  Thoughts at DTTB.
Many believers never give much thought to the role Satan is currently playing in this world or his attitude and activity toward the Church or individual believers.  He likes the fact that we ignore him to the extent that some claim that he does not exist.  We do that and hold that opinion to our peril.

Fight Back
1 Peter 5:8 commands us to be alert for him.  James 4:8 and Ephesians 6:10ff tell us how to do battle with him.  If he were not active and did not exist the Holy Spirit would not have inspired Peter, James, and Paul to pen those warnings.

A Place to Start
If you need a place to start here is a list of references for the places in the Bible that Satan or devil crops up.  Skim through them and see what the Word says about him.

2 comments:

  1. What do you think about the fascination with Satanism that cropped up in the 90's on several talk shows [Bob Larson comes to mind]? For me it was like having a viper in the room: it was hideous/amazing and horrifying/beautiful.

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    1. I missed most of that. Perretti's books came out during my time at DTS but I had no margin to read them at the time. A lot of the guys were then. The rest of that decade was traveling with the Meta Church project, and the confusing transition back into industry. So I do not have a frame of reference for that fascination.

      My experience in the Body has been that little or no attention is paid to the enemy.

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