Satan is doing everything he can to destroy our faith. He’s the consummate liar (John 8:44) and will use whomever or whatever is at his disposal to accomplish that goal (1 Peter 5:8).
Nothing will be spared.
The devil has no conscience, no scruples and he’s incapable of queasiness or doubt. He speaks in our voice and will ingratiate himself in any way possible to turn our head. Our constant attention is needed.
Being outcome focused, he doesn’t care what is required to capture us. Why we leave the Lord is immaterial. Only that it happens.
Our responsibility is to avoid helping him kill us spiritually. We’re trophies and nothing more (Job 1:6-12).
When we’re added to Christ through immersion (Galatians 3:26-27; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:38,47), we should be focused on doing the Lord’s work (Ephesians 3:20-21). We can’t be like Peter and take our eyes off the goal (Matthew 14:22-33).
As long as we’re in Christ, we’ll never be lost (Romans 8:1). Yet, we can choose to leave the Lord (Hebrews 2:1; 3:12; 6:4-6; 10:26-31). When we do, we’re spiritually defenseless and easy prey for the hungry lion.
Remembering Jesus won’t leave us (Hebrews 13:5), we make a concrete bond never to quit on him (Revelation 2:10). Educating ourselves on Satan’s plans and God’s instructions, we fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12).
We must take a long view spiritually and overlook momentary irritations and stumbles. Weighing everything against heaven, we find so much of what interferes with us here is worthless.
Making an eternal home with God and our brethren is worth the fight. The battleground is our heart and self-will. Do we have the faith and courage to stay the course? (Hebrews 11:6).
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