Ardi and I decided we were going to use the internet in a more positive way and share our thoughts about God, religion, various social issues, and other topics. After just 7 podcast episodes and one blog post, it’s already time to confess. We fell short. It’s amazing how the Spirit motivates you to do something for Him, and in such a short time, that motivation dies through petty distractions, temptations, or anything else that pulls you from what Christ has motivated you to do with your time. So I’m confessing and repenting. I’m sorry, Lord, for my lack of obedience for no other reason than laziness and distraction.
“For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.” (Romans 7:19-21 )
If I’m going to be really honest with myself I have to realize that we are presented with two options: good and evil. If I am not fully being obedient to Him, often times what I do instead is evil. It is sin. But Satan is weak.
There’s an article I found online a while ago, a rewrite of an essay written in 1679, that really struck me. It’s called “Satan Shall Never Defeat A Soul Armed With Trust In God” and I guess the long title explains what it’s about. Ephesians 6:11 tells us to wear the full armor of God to stand against the schemes of the devil. It’s tattooed on my arm.
One concept the article points out is, Satan is really no more than God’s tool. God uses Satan, but Satan can’t use God. He has no power. All the disciples, and even Christ himself, face off with Satan. Each time, dressed in God’s armor, Satan fails.
It really is a battle. It was a battle when the Bible was written and continues to be a battle today. But the only time Satan finds any sense of victory is when we let the armor down. But really is it even a “victory” for evil, or is it an opportunity for good and transformation to triumph? Does God not make all things good? The people who fall are the people He lifts back up.
Receiving God’s repentance gives us the opportunity to tell other sinners about our freedom in the Lord. Without sin, there would not be the evidence of transformation to tell others. In Psalm 51 David pleads with God for repentance from his sin, and not just for his own sake. He asks so that he can go “teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.”
So the gospel tells us that Satan’s only worth is to be used my God to give people opportunities to seek Him. The understanding of His love through the death and resurrection shows us that the battle with Satan has already been won – not by us, but by Him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a newold has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconcilingthe world to himself,not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
God uses the sinful fall of each one of us to bring us closer to Him, and to tell other people about it. Satan is nothing to be afraid of. For the believers who read this, understand that whenever you are completely wearing the armor of God you will win. Thats not to say there won’t be battles, but we can rest in a victorious Christ. For the non-believers who read this, I hope that you realize that the battle with Satan has already been won–by no one other than Christ. If you’ve fallen like all of us have, your redemption is found in the One who will pick you up to walk with Him.
And for me, and everyone else who realizes that Satan is still grabbing at each one of us, stand with the Lord in his armor – that is the only way to fight. And we may slip. We will slip. I did. And for those times, Christ is still there. Not only is He there for you, He desires that you take this opportunity to turn evil into good by sharing the redemptive power of Christ to everyone else who is battling satan alone and without the proper Armor.