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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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.
The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.
Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.
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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David