Our Ancient Foe

mightyfortressTrying to grab just one idea to post on can be challenging at times, but it is a good discipline for me. Today’s is not your typical devotional post.

“And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.”

The study of demon possession is something Christians ought not to delve into too deeply. It is not a topic to be toyed with. But I want to throw an idea out there for you to consider today.

There are many cases of demon possession recorded in the New Testament. None of them were an insurmountable problem for Jesus to deal with. Take heart in this.

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

I think we are making a grave mistake today, however. Some of the same exact behaviors that we see attributed to such possession are today attributed to many other things. For the record, mental illness and demon possession are two entirely separate things. One is an organic problem, the other is a profoundly spiritual one.

Why, do you think, should we believe that demon possession would *not* be on the upswing today? This was not just a New Testament issue. The adversary did not cease in his quest to overtake the lives of mankind at the close of the New Testament canon. Why would we believe so?

I say all this to exhort you to consider your ministry in this life more soberly.

For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

What you may be dealing with in your counseling sessions, Bible studies, or witnessing opportunities may be far larger in scope than you realize. You need to be sure you are armed with the equipment of God (Eph 6)…and only then, go forth in His might.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His Name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

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