There are some who have the talent to preach a powerful word. They’re captivating, and make us think, and possibly accept and believe. I’m not in their league, far from it, but I’m in the process of learning and questioning. I feel a need to share—in a layperson’s words—what I’ve recently been told. Consider it as proverbial food for thought and consume as you see fit.
Church-goers/Christians maintain The Enemy (the Devil, Satan, Lucifer, call him what you will) is a source of temptation, an evil entity that presents us with challenges and provides us with tests. The Enemy can make us question our faith or take umbrage with God when things go wrong or look bleak. Sometimes he appears like a good angel and we’re taken in, scammed and conned. He’s a devious, cunning creature to be sure.
We have choices. Accept him. Turn a blind eye. Or we can deny this demon and refuse to let his power manipulate us.
Don’t let him win. He does that too often: win, succeed. It’s no secret that this is his world. The news demonstrates that repeatedly. He’s everywhere, weaving webs of deception and treachery.
That could be disheartening, if not downright depressing and/or frightening. How does one combat such a dynamic and destructive force? Challenge him. Say “no” to temptation and deception. Acknowledge—with enthusiasm and utmost conviction—his ways, thoughts, and deeds are not required and certainly not wanted.
We don’t have to be “Bible thumpers”, daily church-goers, or pulpit orators—God above knows what truly rests in our hearts and souls —to take a stand. JC died for us on the cross; is it so much to ask that we give something in return, such as faith or devotion?
Food for thought indeed. Consume as you see fit.