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A Defeated Enemy?

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Does it make sense for us to think of the devil as a defeated foe—without thinking twice?

On one hand, Hebrews 2:14-15 says of our Protector and Deliverer, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—  and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

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But could that lull us to daydream if we forget that the Apostle Paul wrote, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:12)?

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35 Responses to “A Defeated Enemy?”

  1. remarutho says:

    Good Evening Mart & Friends —

    Nice cat, Mart!

    I am reminded of Peter’s admonition to the churches of the dispersion: “There are some things in them (the writings of Paul) that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do to the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability…” (2 Peter 3:16-17)

    The imagery — daydream if you will — is magnified by error. Error is promoted and fostered and “suggested” by the evil one! John taught that “perfect love casts out fear…” ( 1 John 4:18)

    May we all be strengthened by Christ’s words just before his ordeal of sacrifice began. He said, “…for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father…” (John 14:30-31) In Him, Maru

  2. bratimus says:

    It is the seen and unseen that are being spoke of.

    For most the struggle isn’t in the pyschical or seen part of are lives, as much as the unseen spiritual part of are lives.

  3. royalpalm says:

    Hello, Mart and friends,

    I hope you had a good summer and fall; had been very busy so it is good to have time to put in my thoughts to this topic…

    Aside from warning us about Satan’s deception of presenting himself as an “angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14), the Scriptures also calls Satan a “dragon” to note his malice (Rev. 12:9), a “serpent” to note his cunning (Gen. 3:1)and a “lion” to note his strength. (1 Pet. 5:8). Jesus called him a a murderer and liar and ruler of this world (John 12:31) He possesses power and has followers both humans and demons who do his evil works. The Bible gives us all this information so we are always aware of satan’s great hatred against God and His people.

    In the natural world, a lion seeks those that are sick, maimed, or weak, but in the spiritual world, Satan often
    seeks the strong, powerful, affluent, successful, and influential. These are the ones who are full of themselves, proud, arrogant, boastful, and independent. They’d rather depend on themselves than on God.

    Peter recognized this when he advised the believers to be humble; Satan contempts and sneers at humility and meekness in people who acknowledge their helplessness and who depend on the power of God.

    Jesus knows Satan is a formidable enemy that is why He taught His disciples to pray:”And lead us not to temptation but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt 6:13). He taught us to start our prayers with “Our Father who is in heaven” – God, the Creator, Sustainer, and Almighty- is in heaven where He rules in majesty, authority, power, wisdom, and glory over all His creations, Satan included.

    It is our faith expressed in prayers that can defeat our enemy. Prayer shows humility in admitting our weakness,
    acknowledgement of the power of an Almighty God, and dependence and trust in our heavenly Father. Jesus wants us to be persistent in prayer – always asking, seeking, and knocking- knowing that our Father in heaven will answer and open the door Himself.

    Rev.7:12 “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanks giving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

  4. SFDBWV says:

    Revelation 12: 7-9 gives an account of Satan being defeated and thrown down to the earth, and in Revelation 12: 12 we learn that this occurs during the Great Tribulation.

    Each morning as I begin my day I have a special prayer that I deliver to God the Father, in part of that prayer I ask God to keep the “dark one” far from me and those I love. It is not the devil I fear, but God.

    Psalms 111: 10 says in part “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:” in Psalms 112: 1 we read “Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord.” And goes on to pay tribute to a man who is wise enough to know whom to fear Psalms 112: 7 “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed trusting the Lord.”

    I understand that this is a stretch, but in the original writing of Braham Stoker’s “Dracula” the king of Vampires was not able to thrust himself upon others that did not invite him in. I would imagine Stoker got his idea from understanding evil personified.

    I can not agree stronger that there is indeed spiritual warfare that goes on all about us, we seldom see the battle but always see the results. When an alcoholic gives in or a drug abuser just has one more high, when someone steals from another or sleeps with his neighbors wife, when children are murdered or abused; these things are not because Satan has power over these people, it is because these people have made a choice to accept the opportunities Satan sets before their eyes.

    Satan shown Jesus all the wealth and pleasures of this earth and offered them all to Jesus if He would just worship him (Luke 4: 1-13). Jesus makes it clear we are to worship the Lord thy God and Him only do we serve.

    Even in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus knew his coming ordeal was the will of the Father (Luke 22: 42) and in John 13: 27 we see Satan enter Judas and Jesus gives him the order to go and do what needs be done.

    Whereas I do not make light of the evil things that Satan is capable of convincing people to do, I do understand that it is God whom I must fear and to Him alone goes all the glory and power (Matthew 6: 13).

    Satan’s power is defeated and he has no power over us we do not give him. In a future time Satan will be chained away so that he can no longer tempt and influence men, but for now God allows for him to go about being invited in by any that choose to.

    Fear God and keep your eyes and heart fixed on Him.


  5. remarutho says:

    Good Morning Royalpalm!

    I am struck by what you said:

    “In the natural world, a lion seeks those that are sick, maimed, or weak, but in the spiritual world, Satan often seeks the strong, powerful, affluent, successful, and influential. These are the ones who are full of themselves, proud, arrogant, boastful, and independent. They’d rather depend on themselves than on God.”

    It seems we are touching upon a deep irony in this paradoxical topic. Worldlings who ignore the spiritual aspect, and live by “scientific” principles, are wide open to illusion and delusion. Spiritual persons understand this. But, the spiritual who do not depend upon the Word of God — but stray into self-dependence by ignorance, or even willful fascination with “odd” or “special” principles, precepts or rules — expose themselves even more to the devil’s wiles.

    On-going reading and study of the whole Bible can keep us, mind and spirit, in touch with the true character of our triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Scripture is an illusion-buster. It is our way to dwell in and understand the character of God. (Jeremiah 9:24)


  6. pegramsdell says:

    Steve said:

    “Fear God and keep your eyes and heart fixed on Him.”

    Last night my little chihuahuas got a little frightened by some hungry owls hanging out way up in the trees. They were hooting real loud and even though my dogs were on a leash they felt far away. They came to me and I picked them up and there was no way those owls were gonna get my pups. I believe that is what is being said here today, if we stay close to God, and trust Him, He will protect us and we can boldly say “get thee behind us satan”.

    Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

  7. oneg2dblu says:

    Steve that is a great point, that Satan can not overpower us, unless we first allow him to come in.
    As the scripture says, He satan, or evil is crouching at your door, meaning he “does not have” the power to open it himself. He does not break it down by shear force. We open it for him first, then he comes in and overpowers us.
    That door to me, is always in the mind, the battlefield of choices, where it all takes place.
    No temptation from this crouching enemy, has seized you that is not also common to all others. You alone give power to temptation through your freewill choices.
    You alone are given that choice to make, allowing good or evil in the door of your mind.
    Temptation is always on the outside, until you choose to let it in.
    Thank God that He shows us “better choices” through
    His Word if we choose to Obey it, and that He also gives us the discerning nature of His Holy Spirit if we choose to Obey it. Those are Two Great Pillars of Power over Evil, that live in all believers, if we choose to obey them! So, those bad choices we would make for ourselves, through our ignorance and unstability, or even immaturity, are allowed to grow us through our life experience. But, He protects the innocent ones, and allows Satan to devour the ones who choose evil over good ,even though they know better. Satan’s finest hour is spent with those powerless believers who falsely think their salvation protects them from the Wiles of the Evil One. Only your right choices, or godly minded choices, can do that!
    If we choose to hang around with evil, we choose to suffer the consequences. I hope I stayed on topic, and in the context of God’s written guidebook. Gary

  8. poohpity says:

    While we are in the flesh we are to be on constant watch although Jesus overcame death and satan our battle remains against the flesh and making the choice for spiritual things. I am not saying we have to fear satan but as the last topic implies that we must be diligent with our eyes open to his wiles.

    Just like the prey has to keep watch the lion approaches with soft steps to sneak up on it’s next meal. He does not run towards them roaring but cautiously, quietly and hidden then the attack happens after they have sized up and surrounded the victim.

    The enemies weapons are things that are just fine in the world around us like unforgiveness, anger, wrong doctrine, hatred, fighting, complaints, criticisms and gossip. Doubting God cares about us when we are in situations that we may not want to be in. Or how about that person that is in the next isle at the grocery store that we do not share the gospel with or the many times because of fear we have not out stretched our hand to an enemy or offered a cup of water to one who thirsts because of preconceived notions we may have. How about lives that we do the same old things everyday and do not try anything new and there is no spiritual growth because we refuse to step out in faith.

    The enemy may be defeated but our flesh still lives on and it’s desires. Gal 5:14-15; Gal 5:16-21 or even 2 Cor 2:10-11. A good barometer to see how we are doing spiritually is, are we allowing the Holy Spirit control?, which will be seen as Gal 5:22-23. We do not have to live in fear of satan and evil desires because they are what many chose to do everyday and it seems right, the things of the Holy Spirit are the unnatural which causes us to rise above the things of this earth.

  9. poohpity says:

    I was reminded in my reading today that we are given authority over all the power of the enemy but the important thing is that our names are registered as citizens of heaven. Luke 10:19-22. Be filled with the only weapon we have and that is the Word of God to be gotten into everyday so that we will be able to determine the things of God and the things of this world and defeat the enemy.

  10. Ted M. Gossard says:

    I like the point C.S.Lewis made. We can see demons everywhere, or act as if they don’t exist. Either extreme pleases the devil.

    Yes, we do need to remain in scripture, and seek the balance and teaching there. Satan is indeed a defeated foe, but the judgment on him has not yet been fully carried out. Christ has indeed won the victory over him, but it is a victory lived out now by way of the cross as God’s resurrection people in him.

    Good reminder and thought provoker, Mart.

  11. poohpity says:

    Ted, I just wanted to let you know I have read some of your writings on your website and find my heart and mind in agreement. It has been my pleasure to go there.

  12. oneg2dblu says:

    Yes, Satan looses in the End, but is very alive and well, in the world we live in today. He is a very powerful opponent, and causes many believers to stumble daily.
    Unfortunately, in this age, many Christians spend more time reveling in Satan’s worldly deceptions, than in God’s truth.
    Our world basks in its sin fiilled, self-serving ways, avoiding God at all turns if possible, even avoiding conviction.

  13. oneg2dblu says:

    I meant Satan loses in the End. He is loosed today, and dwells among us freely having his way, and many times providing us “our way” as well.

  14. davids says:

    I once heard a sermon about Ephesians 6:10-18 that has long stuck with me. Paul was under Roman guard. He looked at the guard, at how he rose every day and put on his battle gear, and told us to do the same.

    We are in a spiritual battle. Although the ouotcome is certain, many will fall along the way. What can be done?

    First, I must gird and armor myself as Paul says, that I will not be a victim.

    Second, I must support my comrades in arms, the members of my congregation, from the pastor to the least active, through service and support.

    Third, I must recruit others to the cause, not for my good, but for theirs. If they do not join the fight, and are not well-armored, then they will be victims too.

    This is not a playground, it is a battle-ground.

  15. phpatato says:

    Off topic

    Please remember my brother, his dear wife and their two children in your prayers. My brother phoned to say that she has now assumed a fetal position, that her mouth is completely full of open sores. She has made a conscience decision to stop all treatment; the pain and suffering is too much to carry on. I know it must be horrible, for of anyone I have ever met, she was the poster child of hope and courage; always optimistic and continuously upbeat. She knows how short her future is once treatment is stopped. My brother knows Christ as Lord, although over the years he has drifted away. She believes that good works is the way into Heaven.

    Thank you for allowing me to share.

    Love to ALL


  16. remarutho says:

    Good Evening Pat —

    My heart goes out to you and your brother and the children in these days of decline. Hold fast, Pat. Our prayers are heard. Here is the battlefield. And all our outward fighting will accomplish very little.

    May the Lord be with your sis-in-law in any and all ways possible. She has believed the Lord in the way she can. More is happening in her spirit than we know.

    The Lord spoke through the prophet Zechariah, when the Jews were trying to rebuild Jerusalem. The holy city was a pile of rubble. Construction workers had to work with one hand, and hold a weapon in the other. The project seemed impossible. The word God sent was and is: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)

    On the day that the Lord appears, the spirit of cancer will be defeated. May we see that day! Our weapons are “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.” (Colossians 3:16)


  17. SFDBWV says:

    Pat, many hugs and our prayers for you and your family.


  18. SFDBWV says:

    It is always the same, we can talk and study the many mysteries of God and the questions of this existence we are a part of, but when the realities of the struggles of life come home all the talk and study shrinks to meaning very little.

    A heartbroken person feels the prison bars when faced with the death and suffering of a loved one, unable to change a single event in the inevitable outcome nothing can ease the pain. Even knowing that your loved one will someday live again in a body that will never see sickness and death again does not ease the heartbreak.

    It is in just such an atmosphere that Jesus found Himself in when he encountered Jairus (Mark 5: 22-23) (Mark 5: 35-42). Again we see Jesus in the midst of heartache in the story of His friend Lazarus (John 11: 1-46).

    When we try to figure out why such things still exist in our world after we accept Christ, we come face to face with the fact that such things do exist and will continue to until Christ returns.

    Not because we fail to have faith, or because we are abandoned to this world, or that evil spirits have power over us, but because this is the way of things and while we must travel down this road, this road will lead to Christ and His heavenly realm in the end of all things.

    So until that time the best we can do is comfort one another as best as we can, make life a little easier for each other and yes show love, especially Christ’s love, as we are now His representatives here on earth.


  19. oneg2dblu says:

    Pat, our words may bring some comfort to you, but we still all suffer the physical reality of this sin-ridden world, where death in all it’s forms does exist.
    What we fight with more than the physical, is the spiritual reuslt, that seeing and hearing this physical world can so easily bring upon us.
    Although we know God has made all things, and can certainly change all things, even the “seen world” around us, He works constantly in us, through the spiritual as well.
    So Pat, to you and the rest of the family, I pray a mighty move of the spiritual in your lives, even as the physical seems so out of sorts.
    We can not believe only what we see, for the unseen is also Our Reality in Christ Our Lord. May He, Jesus, take up residence today in those who are most threatened and most decieved in their spirits.
    Surely as our bodies must succumb to this physical world, our spirits are renewed daily and become more and more Alive in Him. May those unseen spirits present themselves to Him today, and be seen as a testament to His Mercy and Grace for all who now suffer. May the chains fall away and the doors fly open, allowing our spirits to fly with heavenly abandon. Although God may not change what we see today, He can and does change how we choose to react to it, as We choose Life in Him today. Gary

  20. MJS says:

    Hi Pat. I am sharing this with you because I am concerned for your sister in law and because of concern for all of us really. Many years ago I began to see verses in the Bible that looked like you must be baptised to be saved. These verses scared me as well as verses about the Holy Spirit that were different than what i believed. I now believe the gifts are for today as long as they are used according to biblical standards.I pushed all this aside because I was afraid and as a result have lived a very sad bitter life. Trying to make my own form of Christianity. A few years ago I asked God to help me believe His word His way. I am still studying. Here are the verses to consider. Acts 2:38 John 3:5 Acts 22:16 Romans 6 Titus 3;5-6 and the one that started it all 1st Peter 3:21 I know we are saved by faith in Jesus and His awesome sacrifice on the cross for us. But as I read through the Bible it seems that all three steps were needed. faith/repentence baptism and filling of the Holy Spirit. Something seemed to happen when people were filled with the Spirit. What was it/ It seemed to be immediately evident.
    I am also studying about the idea of baptism in Jesus Name as opposed to The Father Son and the Holy Spirit.
    I have 2 friends from an apostolic church who had family members healed. One was a baby who had spina bifida and one her husbands heart stopped and when the Pastor prayed it started again. I know healings don’t only take place in this church but I thought maybe someone from there could pray for her. I don’t mean to offend anyone I just want to make sure I believe the Bible God’s way I don’t want us to miss anything. I am sharing this now because of your sister in law

  21. davids says:

    Dear MJS,

    Not to start an arguement, but only a thought. The criminal at Jesus’ side when he was crucified was accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven without earthly baptism. It might be that the mercy of our Lord is greater than we think.

    In Faith, David

  22. bubbles says:

    God’s Word says “For by GRACE are ye saved through faith; an that not of YOURSELVES: it is the gift of God: not of WORKS. . .” Eph. 2:8-9

    Romans 10:13 Whomsoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption (salvation) through His (Jesus’) blood, even the forgiveness of sins

    Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

    None of the above verses mentioned one thing about baptism.

    When a believer is baptized, all it is doing is showing the world that we are identifying ourselves with Christ.
    It is ONLY water. It is not “magical”.

    When the Ethopian Eunich was baptized, it does not mention he was “filled” with the Holy Spirit.

    The words “filled with the Holy Spirit” does not mean the Holy Spirit comes to live inside a believer. It means that the person is allowing the Holy Spirit to control them, like being filled/controlled by the Spirit rather than self.

    As soon as an individual believes in Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of them forever. We (Christians) are “sealed” by the Holy Spirit.

  23. Ted M. Gossard says:

    poohpity, Thanks so much! Blogs can be helpful to work on sorting out things. And to me it’s just a discipline I do. I’ve appreciated your faithfulness in doing that in your comments here on Mart’s blog. And thanks for leaving one on mine. :-)

  24. remarutho says:

    Good Morning Mart & Friends —

    As I have pondered the distance in my own life between the promises of God and the force of evil in the world – I can only pray for more grace, more power, more of Christ in me. We who believe the promise of God in Christ have been offered freely “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:2-3) As we partake of the divine nature through faith in Jesus, we “escape the corruption that is in the world,” as Peter puts it. (2 Peter 1:4) I believe he means we escape habitual and perverse pursuit of evil.

    Kingdom victory is not fully accomplished in a world where Babylon (Revelation 17:5) continues to exert influence. The human mind wanders. Our focus is blurred by distractions, trials and temptations. I make no excuse for weakness, but control over circumstances in life is elusive. When evil spews forth, no puny individual has any personal power against it. It seems to me the root of corruption is rebellion against God’s sovereign authority. We as followers of Christ are buffeted, but not defeated. We have seen the New Jerusalem through our understanding of God’s character and the vision of John. (Revelation 21:3) For myself, I pray for stronger and keener attentiveness to the things of God’s kingdom in Christ, by the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is a dangerous illusion to imagine I can ignore the evil around me.

    Christ had no criticism and only praise for the persecuted and suffering church at Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) The Lord sees her works, tribulation and poverty. He declares her instead rich and ready to receive “the crown of life.” She is not what she appears to be in the eyes of the world.


  25. SFDBWV says:

    Last evening a woman called me to inform me that her mother had died and in need of a cemetery lot.

    Her mother has been battling cancer for several years but yesterday was the end of her battle, her name was Aggie.

    I will meet with her family today after they have made funeral arrangements, at the cemetery.

    Two years ago Aggie’s husband suffered a bad stroke that put him in a nursing home. You would have thought that someone would have already taken the time to pick out a cemetery lot before now.

    We have touched on these topics before; on the one hand I am sure Aggie thought she would be healed of her cancer and that even her husband might yet be healed and restored of the effects his stroke had had on him.

    That they would not have to endure the funeral process as we all talk about the rapture being imminent.

    I am willing to bet many others of us are in this same mental state that Mart calls an illusion.

    The very early church in Corinth also felt this way as many of them sold all their belongings and expected to overcome death. These same people were confused then when family members began to die.

    So Paul had to explain to them the difference between the earthly and the heavenly (1 Corinthians 15: 1-58) as well as the mystery of the rapture (1 Corinthians 15: 51-52).

    If you need to grow in faith, God will help, but like any muscle you exercise, the muscle of faith is not seeing yet believing.

    Faith is not an illusion, but the substance of things hoped, for the evidence of things not seen. This is a very spiritual statement, it creates spiritual power over the spiritual forces that want to strip us of *Hope*; thus a battle in the “heavenly realm”.

    If Aggie, as many others, went down to earthly death having faith that she would overcome it through Jesus Christ, she did her part in having faith even unto death and so the sting of death is defeated and her birth into the heavenly realm complete.

    A cold rainy morning in the mountains, smiles and blessing to all.


  26. remarutho says:

    Good Morning Mart!

    Reflecting upon the photos you have posted with the question: A Defeated Enemy?

    What do you see between the intense (but normal) yellow and white cat and the scary-eyed black cat? We are swiftly approaching All Hallow’s Eve! As for me, I will observe All Saints Day with joy.

    Should we answer the door with treats for those neighbor children Monday evening?


  27. oneg2dblu says:

    bubbles… the faith/works dilemma is a perplexing one to many, but there is a work involved. You must exercise your faith. You must call upon the Name of Christ. That is work, a working out of the Gift of Faith you were given to express, or to let go unexpressed, through the very choices you make.
    God does not move your mouth for you, you must be involved in the work required. You must unwrap the gift “youself,” by using your freewill to do so.
    Or, do you believe that not doing so, also means you automatically get your Salvation anyhow?
    Yes, as you say, It is only water!
    But, Baptism to me, is not only showing the world around you, those present in that moment, but it is showing God your Commitment to Obey His Word, as He has written it, to test your very Faith.
    It is a public display for sure, as they all “see” you get wet, but it is the Miracle of Faith that you are compelled to do so.
    The other element is the actual Fire that burns within each believer as they, Believe and Obey. That is the magical part, that the world can not see.
    As we are supposed to “Die to Self, and Be Raised in Christ,” so something IS very magical in all of that!
    It was so much more than water, or only water, when I was burning inside to get wet!
    I know you did not want to waterdown, or down play any Commandment Filling by any Believer!
    Baptism, like Communion, is Commanded, and when Obeyed,
    it does become more than just its worldly elements…
    I know you would totally agree that being baptized with Water and Fire is magical, as we in the world cannot see all the Spiritual Elements at work there either. They ARE the works of every believer who understands
    it is more than just water.
    You do not have to totally Understand God to Obey Him, for He gives you the Faith to do so, but you must do something to show you even believe! Faith that is not tested, like a believer with no works, and cannot be trusted. Be Blessed,Gary

  28. remarutho says:

    Good Morning Steve!

    You shared:
    “If you need to grow in faith, God will help, but like any muscle you exercise, the muscle of faith is not seeing yet believing.”

    It seems to me the growth of faith is much like the geological reality: Pressure and heat make diamonds. Untested faith will crumble – just a lump of coal. Diamonds are used to engrave steel. What is called illusory by worldly standards has infinite and eternal value. ;-)


  29. oneg2dblu says:

    Maru… I like your word, “distance.” It is the Gap between who we should be in Christ, and who we are in the World! Honestly, evaluating the distance is what the Walk is all about.
    For me, it is not who I want to be, as much as it is who I am now, and who I am now, is His!
    If that brings us closer to the world, or separates us from it, depends on where we choose to Walk in Him.
    For if we walk alone, and in ourselves, we walk in the world, just as the worldly choose to walk. We always get to choose! You bless us with your choice of words, as you help us to close the distance, every time you post. Be Blessed, Gary

  30. oneg2dblu says:

    florida7son… I miss your voice my Brother.
    Sunny and very calm today in Florida.
    Only 71 degrees so far, and not a cloud in sight! :)

  31. SFDBWV says:

    Yes Maru, we totally agree; while waiting for our miracle while expecting the realization of our hope, our faith is put to the test.

    I have always found that the real person emerges when under pressure, and God often puts us in a pressure cooker.

    The result hopefully being that diamond you speak of, that started out just being carbon.


  32. poohpity says:

    Mart, you asked, “Does it make sense for us to think of the devil as a defeated foe—without thinking twice?”. It seems we have to be on guard all the time. Whether in times of trouble or in times of plenty we can be led away from focusing on God. The minute we let our guard down those are the times the devil or our own inclination creep in. I am not saying living in fear but being awake and alert to those things that can rob us of our joy, peace, and trust.

    Paul often warned even of deception from those who call themselves Christians (Philippians 3:18-19). Jesus told us we need watch out in Matthew 7:15-16. So I do not believe that we can ever let down our guard but not live in fear of the devil because we can trust the prayer of Jesus for us in John 17:15 as well of His whole prayer in John 17 for us who remain in this world.

  33. florida7sun says:

    Hi Gary.

    The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has on display Rubens’ portrait of “Daniel in the Lions’ Den.” As I thought of Mart’s question (” A Defeated Enemy?”), it brought to my mind the juxtaposition of Daniel in Rubens’ portrait looking up and expressing his faith in the Word, as compared to Adam hiding in the bushes following his temptation by the serpent.

    Our enemy is a defeated enemy. No question mark is needed. Maybe an exclamation mark would be appropriate.

    Jesus said, “It is finished.”

    We know the enemy’s fate. Yet he still prowls and roars to create fear in the hearts of men. I hear his bellowing and have to be in the Word, in prayer and in fellowship with other believers. I need to be focused on my Savior through the power of His Spirit, for I know He is my Deliverer and Lord. He has proven Himself to me time and time again through the death of loved ones and disease, hardship and pain.

    The Word declares “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18

    Fear produces anger and selfishness. It is the root of the seven deadly sins that plague all of mankind.

    Faith in our Lord and Savior casts out all fear.

    Our God is one of loving relationships. Love and respect in the home. Love and respect in the church. Love and respect in communities. – John 3:16

    Sadly, doors are open to toothless lions that prowl around us in their attempts to eclipse the love and light of God.

    Can you hear the lion’s roar? It walks the hallways, corridors and aisles of structures encouraging those in authority, with little or no faith, to remove all references to The Truth and to His Cross.

    The enemy attempted to kill the truth and sever the love between Father and Son. He continues in his attempts to destroy all that is precious to God: His Word and The Body of Christ.

    I know I have to cling to Jesus and His Body.

    Paul says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

    It is difficult to rejoice through suffering, hardship and betrayal, trial and temptation. We simply cannot do it in our own strength. There is, however, unlimited power in the Word of God, His Holy Spirit and intercessory prayer.

    I am comforted in knowing that Jesus is praying for us, as are the saints that surround us.

    As members of His Body, each afflicted in some respect, we lift each other up in prayer with assurance that He loves us.

    Jesus truly is the resurrection and the life, now and forevermore.

    Grace and peace to all, Ray

  34. phpatato says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful words of love and encouragement. You have no idea just how deeply they have touched me. They are a healing balm to my shaken spirit.

    Hugs to each and everyone of you.

    Love to ALL


  35. oneg2dblu says:

    florida7son… Yes, it is the worldly who are trying to remove all references to The Truth or to The Cross.
    You statement proves itself in the written story concocted by the worldly about “why’ David survived the ordeal, with no biblical reference, they state that although the lions were very hungery, they collectively thought, he was too small of a meal, so they waited for the better feast that was soon coming their wsy.
    They seem to have used their intuition!!!
    Wow! ANY TALE TWISTING WILL DO, for the world who does not want to hear or see anything about Our God.
    They would rather create lies, than expose God’s written truth!
    I found this twisted tale when I researched, Daneil in the Lion’s Den on the web for a peak at that marvelous piece of inspiring art, and then it linked me to his tale of a story, that avoids history, and His Story.
    The world holds Our God as a hidden hostage, to tickle the iching ears of the worldly. How sad, but true is that reality? Be Blessed,Gary

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