I want you to ask yourselves a few questions.
When’s the last time you’ve been to church, the last time you picked up the Bible, or the last time you even prayed to God? Now, now, you say, “I’ve been too busy, I can’t find the time…” Please, my friends, MAKE THE TIME! It’s entirely possible that you’ve been had by the most infamous deceiver himself, “the master of lies,” evil incarnate…Satan.
Once, he’s got your tune he’ll start plucking away at you, kinking away at any little chip in your armor. I mean, any little chip. That’s right, I’m even looking at you, “holier than thou” types! That, my friend, is the sin of pride and arrogance. Humble yourself before the Lord and never consider yourself above any of God’s creations. We can all learn from each other, not one of us is full of all wisdom. We’re all fighting this “spiritual warfare” together so let’s help each other out rather than put down one another. Even the most devoted saints would suffer constant assaults by him but if you sanctify your house with the Lord’s protection he can’t do anything–he can only endlessly attack you in vain. God’s grace trumps all. Remember, nothing is insurmountable for the Lord, our God.
In the beginning of The Book of Job, Satan is introduced:
“One day, when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, the satan also came among them.
The LORD said to the satan, “Where have you been?” Then the satan answered the LORD and said, “Roaming the earth and patrolling it.”
–Job 1:6-7; New American Bible Revised Edition.
You may at first wonder at the strange usage of his name but in Hebrew, Satan translates to: enemy or adversary. Here he is described as, “Roaming the earth and patrolling it.” He is constantly testing us and tempting us, seeking our destruction.
“Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour.”
–1 Peter 5:8.
Many people think that he’s not real. That he’s just some folktale meant to scare people into doing good. How sure are you about that? You see, that’s precisely what he wants you to think. In this world of sin, he’s been able to blend himself into the background so well that most people don’t even recognize sin anymore. Don’t believe me? Review the Ten Commandments and then watch any TV show or movie and they’re all cleverly saturated with sin all over the place. Masturbation, lies, and adultery are commonplace “jokes” in today’s sitcoms.
Once you began to really seek holiness, you’ll start to pick up on sin’s disgusting scent in all its shapes and be absolutely revolted at how sinful and godless this world truly is. An atheistic culture leads to moral anarchy, that is why following the Ten Commandments and God is so important. Not only are you teaching good morals but you’re making the world a better place to live in, and what’s better than praising our Creator for everything that he’s done for us.
Still doubtful of the Devil’s existence? I guarantee you he’s real.
It took me many, many years to go back to church, let alone pick up the Bible. It’s because we make excuses all the time. We try to rationalize all the sins we are committing. That’s just how he wants you to think. Oh, that wasn’t a lie, it was just a “white lie.” A lie is a lie. Avoiding sin is not hard at all, it’s when you try to justify your sinful nature is when it gets complicated. When God says, “Don’t do this,” don’t do it! End of discussion, and simple as that. Before you get back on track, you even look at holiness as a hard commitment like it’s some chore. It’s so much easier to just do what we want all the time, isn’t it? Easier, yes, but right, NO…
So I urge you, be a rebel. Go against the grain of sin. Become a warrior of light and set an example for this fallen world of ours to follow in. Remember Jesus said: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.” No one ever said that living the Christian life was easy but the promise of eternal life with God makes anything this life can throw at us worth it. A mere lifetime in suffering pales in comparison to eternal glory with our Lord.
Let’s conclude with a prayer to Saint Michael, the archangel, to intercede for us in our daily battles against the Devil and his temptations:
I wrote this for all those who have perhaps gotten a little complacent with their faith. Maybe you’ve bought into the deceiver’s lies and don’t even acknowledge the possibility of an afterlife. Well, remember this: we could all die at any second. Even the most hardcore atheist begs for God when their life is in danger. Get your insurance package ready now and start pursuing God before it’s too late. An eternity is a LONG time. Do you want to spend it in Heaven or Hell? The choice is yours…
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