Sunday, March 20, 2022
In one of King David’s most quoted yet misunderstood psalms, he says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalms 23:4). I don’t think David was asking God to remove this evil; he was asking to be pushed toward battle, to be forced to face the enemy head on. He was ready to go to war with Satan, not hide from him!
When Jesus promised his disciples that the Comforter would be coming after his death, it was an announcement of war. The Holy Spirit would inspire and empower them toward frontline spiritual warfare. This is a dimension of God’s Spirit that is very real yet seldom understood and embraced among believers.
When the apostle Paul was inspiring believers to remember their purpose, he told them to “encourage on another with these words” (1st Thessalonians 4:18). In effect, he was saying, “push each other forward in our battle against the evil one.”
If you want to see God’s Spirit at work in full glory on earth, take a trip to the front lines of battle where the war between good and evil – the battle for human souls – is being fought with intensity. If you want to feel Satan’s wrath, just spend some time on his turf talking to the people he keeps in bondage and telling them about Jesus. Watch him raise his ugly head to try to intimidate and mock you.
Nothing makes Satan angrier or more nervous than having one of God’s people carry the flashlight of grace into the damp darkness of his dungeon. That’s when he fights the hardest, but it is there that we see the Holy Spirit shine most mightily.
You are loved, Pastor Don