Febraury 24th – Christ is Victor



I have been reading a book on spiritual warfare. One of the students at the S.B.A. Open College asked my opinion of it, since he, as a comparatively new Christian, was wondering how much danger he and his wife were in, and how much of their trouble came purely from spiritual attacks. Well, I read it – and was impressed by the author’s knowledge, experience and awareness. he has his finger on the pulse of the spirit of this age. For him the church is bungling along, blind to the intense attacks on its people, and incapable of dealing with them. My main problem with the book was not that it was untrue, far from it: to me it was a problem of balance. There is more to the Christian faith even than training in spiritual warfare. There is the cosmic, massive victory of Christ already won – Jesus Christ is Lord, but we can give the devil too much publicity. We can forget that the devil has no power.He cannot create anything. All he can do is attempt to corrupt what God has made. He does attack directly, but mostly by indirect means, through, for example, the instrumentality of pleasure, or pain, but these invoke our choices. He has no power to invade us – even God doesn’t enter us, without our invitation: and the devil cannot. Thus I counselled a balanced approach, and to examine the discernment of the author through which all his experiences are filtered. The author could be mistaken. No instrument should always play the same tune. Yet I was glad to read it: it had some excellent teaching, reminding us that “the church is powerless because Christians do not live in their inheritance”.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith ..” (I Peter 5: 8, 9A)
A Prayer: O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; defend us, Thy humble servants, in all the assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in They defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now read Matthew 4: 1-11

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