1. We live on a spiritual battlefield with an enemy dedicated to our destruction.
Satan attacks us through our flesh which is programmed to desire the pleasures of sin and independence. Romans 7:18-20 says, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
And in Galatians 5:17-18 we read, “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.”
Our inherited nature is programmed to enjoy sin, to be self-centered, and to seek independence from authority. However, our new creation is in Christ and is programmed for holy living! Although the old nature has died, the old program is a permanent part of our body that cannot be erased or changed. It can only be overridden. We must learn to reject the old evil impulses and choose to follow the Holy Spirit and our new nature.
Satan attacks us through the world system which brainwashes us to accept its false philosophies. First John 5:19 tells us, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”
We live in an evil environment. The world system is under the control of Satan. He uses illusions, distorted values, and false hope to obtain our allegiance. Peer pressure, fear of rejection, and persecution ensure our compliance. But even though we reside in enemy territory, Christ lives within us, and he exposes the lies and deception of Satan. Jesus is the inextinguishable light that permeates the darkness. He is the King of the universe. He is far greater than Satan who reigns over this doomed kingdom.
But who do we choose to listen to and consequently follow? As we renew our mind with God’s truth we will be set free from a deceptive world system that wants to keep us in bondage. We choose to follow Christ!
Satan attacks us through our flesh and the world system. He also attacks us more directly through evil spirits whenever he has the opportunity. These evil spirits seek to deceive, afflict, and enslave us. Satan has a great hatred for God. But he is powerless against the Almighty Creator.
Satan is constantly looking for ways to harm Christians. He uses fear to induce panic into his victims. His demons manipulate the thoughts of those who are ignorant of God’s truth—luring them into the open, out from under God’s protective covering. They use every possible ploy to snare their prey and keep them in bondage. Then, they systematically go about destroying the helpless believer.