At War with the Destroyer:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
I hate to have to be the one to tell you this, but we’re at war. No, I don’t mean a physical war where our country is fighting another country; I’m talking about a spiritual war, a battle for our very souls. The Bible says that there are two main spiritual forces at work in our lives. One is Jesus, who came to bring us life, and that more abundantly. The other one is Satan, the thief, who comes to steal, kill and destroy. You don’t believe me? Just open your eyes. Read a newspaper, or watch the news on TV. The Bible says, “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth…Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea. For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Revelation 12:9,12). No wonder the Bible says, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.” (Ephesians 6:11-13).
Two spiritual forces, and YOU get to decide which one gets to operate in your life. It’s true. The Bible says, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). Wow. “Don’t you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval.” (Romans 6:16).
How do we CHOOSE LIFE? When we choose to obey God, we are choosing to walk in the abundant life that Jesus has made available to us. Let me explain. Because God is our loving Heavenly Father, the commandments that He gives in the Bible are to protect us from danger, and to provide for the abundant life that Jesus freely gives. As a father, I have rules for my children. One of them is that they’re not allowed to touch the hot stove. Why? Because I know that if they touch it, they’ll get burned. If my children obey me, they will be protected from that danger. God’s rules in the Bible are the same way – they are for our own good. When we obey God, we are being protected from death. We are being protected from the devil, who is the DESTROYER.
How do we CHOOSE DEATH? When we choose to sin – to disobey God, we are allowing the devil to steal, kill and destroy in our lives. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23). Every time we sin, or disobey God, we are giving the devil a foothold in our lives and in our hearts. SIN IS NOT JUST A BAD HABIT – IT WILL KILL YOU. That’s why the Bible says, “Be careful. Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).
We’re in a war against the DESTROYER. He wants to keep you from knowing God, and obeying Christ. Over the next couple of days, we’re going to expose some of the lies and tricks of the enemy, “so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.” (2 Corinthians 2:11). He wants to damn your soul to hell, if you will let him, but you don’t have to. You can CHOOSE LIFE – by choosing to obey Jesus.
Pastor Chris Jordan