Spiritual Warfare eBook Study Guide – Lesson 3
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PLEASE ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE TO YOU…Ultimate Evil
Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Attila the Hun, Jim Jones, David Koresh, the Unabomber,Pharoah, Herod the Great, Judas Iscariot, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth ~ andthe list goes on and on ~ names that will go down in infamy. Just the hearing of thesenames brings back unspeakable horrors and dastardly deeds to one’s mind. Rape, murder,drive-bys, crime, kidnapping, genocide, euthanasia, abortion, beheadings … just thethought of these crimes makes the soul sick.And yet there is one being whose sinful and decadent personality and works stands aloneand above every despicable human being and every despicable action that ever wascommitted or contrived. When you think of him, I want you to think of the combinedmonstrosities of the past and present and realize that those still pale in comparison to theevil of this being. He is most unaffectionately known as Satan, the enemy of God and theenemy of our souls.Write it down: At this very moment, he is calculating how he might bring about thedownfall of your marriage, the destruction of your family, the closing of your church andthe tarnishing of your holy life and witness. If you are not using your armor and weapons,then it’s like playing a soccer match without a goalie. It’s just a matter of time before theopposition will score.
Why Emphasize the Enemy?
I’ve seen my share of moral collapses over the years that can be mostly attributed toone’s having too high a view of themselves and their importance and too low a view of spiritual warfare and the enemy’s cunning and power. Casualties are a result.Throughout history, the devil’s character has been written off: “One of Satan’s[strategies] is to give those who believe that he does exist an entirely wrong concept of what his true nature and character really are. In the Middle Ages, when there were noradios, no magazines, no newspapers, no movies, no telephones, and none of our modernmeans of passing the time, the people were frequently amused by the miracle plays.These were a sort of religious pageant in which religious stories were acted out on thestage. The audience learned to look for one character on the stage who was alwaysdressed in red, wore horns on his head, and [had] a tail dangling out behind him. Hishoofs were cloven, and he had a pitchfork in his hand. The onlookers were quite thrilled