Two of Satan's Favorite Lies
The first of Satan's favorite lies is that there is no God. Look around you and see how many people can enjoy His creation and never give God a second thought. When you talk to them you find that they believe in science, or in themselves, or in something else, but not God. They think that believing in God would be ridiculous. In their minds God is nothing more than a myth.
We don't see much of this in Winter, by Keven Newsome. After all we are on a Christian campus (although having graduated from a Christian college myself I can assure you there are plenty of students who do not believe in God, and some that do have some odd beliefs about who He might be). For the sake of the story, however, we skip over to the second of Satan's favorite lies. This lie is that he doesn't exist. Have you run into people who don't believe in demons, or the devil, or anything like that? I'm fairly sure you have. I find it interesting that while Satan wants his throne to be above that of God his 2 favorite lies are there is no God to place a throne over, nor is he actually a being who lives and would want to do anything like that. The reason for this is because Satan's largest army is made up, not of dedicated followers, but of people who are so sure that he does NOT exist they become his willing servants.
The story Winter, blows the lid off of both of these lies. Although she had a troubling time growing up, and even now finds things a bit overwhelming., she is quite certain that there is not just a God, but that this God loves each of us with an intensity and a depth we could never understand. We catch glimpses, but even those glimpses put us in total awe of Him. It is because of this that she finds herself on a spiritual battlefield, facing an enemy she has had nightmares about. Demons are real. Satan is real. This war, although unseen by most, is real. So this troubled teen with her new-found faith enters this arena of battle equipped, not with wisdom or strength or some power we can not understand. She enters it as weak, stumbling, often failing, yet by the grace of God keeps getting back up like a boxer who has been knocked down Clearly she finds herself out matched, out-gunned, but her makeup, the way God has created her, is just stubborn enough to get back up and continue the fight. Along the way she learns that it isn't going to be through her will or even her gift that she can be victorious, but through Jesus.
And this is the lesson we must learn. We walk by faith, not by site. It is not by strength, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God we are victorious. It is when we realize how weak we are and totally give ourselves over to God that He is able to be strong in our lives. He gives us our marching orders. He gives us our training. He provides R&R when we need it. Mostly though He goes on ahead of us and defeats our enemies. We wear His armor. Let it shine.
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