Satan has hit the news recently in a speech Presidential candidate Rick Santorum made in 2008 at Ave Maria University. Santorum said Satan was attacking the United States on several different fronts, asking, “If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?” News commentators have labeled his remarks as controversial, weird and even provocative. Read the CBS account of Santorum’s speech here.
Students of God’s Word find these remarks anything but controversial. Jesus spoke often of Satan (Matthew 13, Luke 10), and the letters of Paul, James and Peter all give warnings about his plans and desires for believers and unbelievers alike. John in Revelation gives a graphic portrait of his ultimate end. When Jesus was tempted by Satan (Matthew 4, Luke 4, Mark 1), He didn’t disagree that Satan could offer Him the kingdoms of the world and all of their splendor. Satan is an incredibly evil being who seeks to destroy God’s people.
Not only does Satan attack nations, he also attacks the followers of Christ as individuals. If you belong to Christ, here are 20 ways Satan will attack you this week.
Jesus’ work on the cross redeemed us from Satan (Colossians 2:15). As Satan and the fallen angels he controls (demons) seek to manifest authority over believers, the Bible says to “submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). As individuals submit to God and resist Satan, so does a nation.
Most of us realize the food ads we see in magazines and on television are photographed by highly skilled photographers; even the food itself has been artfully produced and posed to make it mouth-watering appealing. But one photographer decided to professionally photograph the real thing, say a taco just purchased from Taco Bell alongside an appealing ad for the same product. The results are humorous, though not too surprising.
In God’s Word, He has presented us a “photograph” of the best, His Son. Placed alongside Him, we fare badly, never able to fully measure up to His beauty, to His holiness, to His lovingkindness. Just like fast food from the real world isn’t exactly like fast food from the advertising world, we live in the real world and have the scars to prove it. However, one day, an expert photographer will appear and airbrush away all our flaws. Then we will look our best, able to live in the best world, able to live with The Best. You can view Fast Foods, Ads vs Reality here.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2
I Once Was Lost: Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep comes alive in this personal story from Patti Brown. It’s not the Father’s will that even one of us should perish. Get a fresh perspective here.
Items Our Tech Age Will Kill: I found this list of 40 plus items that will soon disappear due to “technology” rather fascinating. See if you agree. Read the list here.
Visualize This: Tim Challies has been exploring Visual Theology. He says it is “an attempt to display theological realities in infographic form.” This probably appeals to those of us who love to see our world in an ordered format. What this means can be seen here.