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Respect for the Enemy

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: —1 Peter 5:8

General John Sedgwick and his staff arrived near Spotsylvania Court House (Virginia) on May 8, 1864. Sedgwick commanded a Federal corps in the Wilderness Campaign about to begin.  The next day, Sedgwick and his chief of staff, Martin McMahon, were standing by a battery and ordering some infantry near it to another position. At this point Confederate sharpshooters, located probably a mile away, opened fire and Sedgwick’s troops ducked, dodged, and cringed under fire. The general amicably chastised his men claiming, “they couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” At that very moment one man was walking in front of the general, heard a bullet whistling, and dove to the ground. Sedgwick nudged him with his boot, again assuring that they “couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” The man stood, saluted, but based on his experience, said, “I believe in ducking.” Sedgwick laughed and dismissed him.

Another whistling sound. McMahon heard a dull thud. He was about to resume his conversation with Sedgwick when the general turned toward him, a hole under his left eye spurting a stream of blood. Sedgwick fell into McMahon’s arms and died. Sedgwick thought that the Confederates used only short-range rifles. He didn’t realize that the sharpshooter who felled him with a hexagonal .45-caliber bullet was using a British-made Whitworth sniper rifle equipped with a telescopic sight.

Sedgwick had no idea the capabilities of the enemy. Do we? We we realize the power of our enemy.  You do not trifle with God… nor the god of this world—Satan! Don’t underestimate him!  He is a sharpshooter with fiery darts and seldom misses his target.  You’re best defense is the shield of faith! Be sober, be vigilant.

A Friend of God

A Friend of God

“Abraham believed God… and he was called the Friend of God (James 2:23).

We know Satan sometimes converses with God (Job 1-2). The topic of discussion is usually about God’s children, since Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10).

Imagine the following discussion between God and Satan (based on Genesis 22, reading between the lines):

God initiates the conversation saying, “Satan, have you considered Abraham. He’s my friend” (Isa. 41:8).

Satan answers, “Aw, he ain’t such a good friend. He’d forsake you in a pinch.”

“No, he’s my friend. I can count on Abraham,” the Lord retorts.

Satan counters, “He’s not as good a friend as my friends! I can always count on my friends. Just look at my friends down there at the Nile River sacrificing their children to the crocodiles worshipping me. And I have other friends among the Canaanites who cause their children to pass through the fires of Molech for me. My friends give up their children for me! I bet your so-called friend, Abraham, would never do that for You!”

God answers, “Yes he would!”

Satan says, “Oh, no he won’t!”

Then God says, “OK, Satan, I’ll prove it to you.” And God commanded Abraham, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of” (Gen. 22:2).

And you know by reading Genesis 22:23-14 that Abraham proved he was God’s friend by obeying the Lord (cf. James 2:21-23).

How good a friend are you to God?   Satan has friends who give up their wealth, health, families, and even their own souls for him.  What will you willing to give up for God, if He is your friend?

The Devil Is A Dirty Thief

The Devil Is A Dirty Thief

The thief cometh not, but for to steal… —John 10:10

Job had his share of dealing with the devil.  He called the devil “a crooked serpent” (Job 26:13).  Crooked is the right word.  Satan is a crook, a scoundrel, a cheat,  a liar, and a thief.  He is a robber who comes “for to steal.”

First, he seeks to rob people of the seed of God’s Word as it is sown in their heart. In the parable of the sower, Jesus spoke of seed on the wayside being devoured by the birds. He later interpreted this as a work of the devil— “Then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved” (Luke 8:12). The last thing Satan wants is for the Word of God to germinate and take root in a person’s heart.

Second, Satan seeks to rob people of their fellowship with God.  He accomplishes this by having a person pre-occupied with secondary things and crowding God out of your daily routine.

Third, Satan will rob you of your generosity. He is the god of greed as seen in Judas who held the bag (John 6:20; 12:6). Satan would turn you into a stingy tightwad who robs God of His tithe (Mal. 3:8-9).

Fourth, the devil would rob you of a healthy body that is the temple of the Holy Ghost.  He seeks for you to destroy your body by over-eating, strong-drink, smoking, drugs, lack of exercise, etc.

Fifth, he wants to steal your happiness and joy as he did with David when he lost the joy of his salvation through sin (Ps. 51:12).

Sixth, Satan will seek to rob you of your love—Your love for God,  God’s Word, God’s house, and your love for lost souls. He steals a person’s love through sin. A person’s love will wax cold when iniquity abounds in their life (Mt. 24:12).

Finally, the devil will try to steal your testimony by compromise.  Satan stole Lot’s influence over his family in Sodom (Gen. 19:14).  Once you’ve lost your testimony, you are of little use in bringing others to Christ. Satan has won a great victory by dulling your influence for God.

Satan doesn’t care about your hopes, dreams, or aspirations, just as long as they are never fulfilled. And he will do his utmost to see that they never are.

Watch out!  The devil is a dirty rotten thief, and he is out to rob you.