Several years ago, a dear friend of ours and godly man also ended his life and left a loving wife and three adolescent children. We have walked with them over these years and have seen firsthand the devastation and heartache left in the wake of that decision.
In the midst of the sadness, an anger built up within me. The enemy had won again. It infuriated me. It continues to motive me to once keep pounding the drum, to shout from the rooftops, to shake people from their stupor – our enemy is alive, he is everything the Bible says he is, and his plans haven’t changed since the Garden. Destroy man. Destroy his relationship with God. Destroy his marriage.
Here are but a few verses you must know and heed:
Satan and his minions are real – Ephesians 6:12
They blind people’s minds (if allowed) – 2 Cor.4:4
They enslave people who allow them – Titus 3:3
They deceive – 2 Cor.11:3
They lie (and can only lie) – John 8:44
Their sole purpose/mission is to kill, steal & destroy, especially believers – John 10:9-10
This is a very small sampling of the Scriptures devoted to letting us know we are in a battle, every day. We have a formidable enemy who is hell-bent on destroying our lives, our homes, our families, our marriage, our witness, and our legacy.
We must believe this. We must equip ourselves for battle and know how to fight to win. People all around us are being tormented, harassed, deceived, blinded, lied to, and destroyed. We have been called and equipped to win these battles and to show others how also.
We are never to fear this foe, but to become aware of his presence, his influence and his schemes. We have all the weapons we need, we just need to use them.
Where does this battle take place, and how do we win?
I guess we need a Part 3.