by Richard Mansel, managing editor
We tuck our child into bed and head to our bedroom for much needed sleep.
As morning comes, we walk by our child’s room, and see that their bed is empty. Their curtains blow in the breeze coming from the open window, sending shock waves through our world.
Our screams pierce the silence of the house. Fueled by adrenaline and fear, we race to the window and see our limp child over the shoulder of a strange man.
We are outside in a flash, grabbing the man and fighting with everything that we have to save our child. Death is no obstacle. The child’s safety is the only thing in the world that matters. We are impervious to pain and danger to our body. We become a wild animal for our child’s life.
Such horrors happen in a violent world. This nightmare is too horrible to imagine and we take precautions, as best we can. We plead with God for their physical safety and sacrifice for them every day. We do whatever is necessary to keep them from harm.
Despite our fervent concern and protection, we often allow Satan to carry them away spiritually without any opposition. In fact, many times, we invite him in and give him our children willingly by letting them be worldly to the core.
Our lack of concern for their spiritual condition stands in stunning contrast to our rigorous protection physically.
Most will die for their children, but the majority will not lead their children to spiritual life in Christ (Matthew 7:13-14). They will monitor their children’s health and security, but not their soul.
Knowledge of our enemy will fortify our spirits. However, “God does not throw us unprotected into the battle against Satan’s empire.”/1 He wants us to be well fortified, but first we must understand the enemy.
If we deny the reality of the spiritual war that rages around us, we will be an easy casualty. Our families will be without godly leadership and they will run after the world, and all that it entails.
Satan is deadly serious about this war and so few Christians seem to care. Leonard Ravenhill said, “Many of us are hunting mice — while lions devour the land.”
We must become more serious about the reality of the dangers facing us. Our young people are leaving the church in droves. God’s people are becoming increasingly immoral.
Our churches are countenancing error in order to draw crowds. Biblical authority is almost an afterthought. Religious leaders of the day hold more credence than the Apostles of Jesus.
We must awaken from our slumber because the world is on fire (1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:6).
God and Satan are fierce competitors in the spiritual war for the souls of men. We all stand on the battlefield, regardless of whether we realize it or not. We fight for the Lord or we stand against him.
No one can be passive in this struggle. In fact, passivity puts us on Satan’s side, as does being immoral. Anyone that does not actively fight for righteousness empowers the devil and his forces.
Satan and his ministers are always involved in seeking to destroy their enemies (Luke 22:31).
“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15, NKJV).
1/ John Phillips, Exploring Ephesians and Philippians (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1993), 185.