Message Summary: Our enemy’s mission is “to steal and kill and destroy”. But thankfully, Jesus came that we may have life, and have it abundantly”.
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“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10).
In the mid-twentieth century mankind developed a type of weaponry unknown up until that period of history; weapons of mass destruction. Traditionally we have understood these weapons to be nuclear, chemical and biological. The distinction of these weapons is that they can kill people in mass and when used they rarely make a significant distinction between military and civilian.
However as technology increases we now have a more recently identified weapon of mass destruction known as an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). This weapon will bring the economy down very fast. Testifying before Congress, Peter Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, warned that a rogue state or terrorist could attack the United States with such a weapon that would kill 9 out of 10 Americans “through starvation, disease, and societal collapse”. You can be certain that more weapons of mass destruction are being developed. That’s the nature of sinful humanity.
When I consider that these types of weapons have been available my entire life it’s amazing that with all the evil hands on them we haven’t had a major earth-altering event. This is evidence to me of God’s sovereign overarching control. It won’t be over until God ordains it to be over!
Today let us consider four weapons of mass spiritual destruction that Satan has used from the very beginning. In fact these weapons can be seen in the Garden of Eden and all throughout Biblical and human history. It is essential that we identify these weapons and be on our guard.
- Satan uses the weapon of mass distraction. He will cause us to lose our focus on the things of eternal value with trinkets designed to get our attention off the main goal. The apostle Paul strived to keep this focus with the following resolve, “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him” (2 Corinthians 5:9).
- Satan uses the weapon of mass denial. In the garden he used this weapon by informing Eve, “You surely will not die!” (Genesis 3:4). He denied the truthfulness of a direct statement from God who had said, “but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17).
- Satan uses the weapon of mass downplay. Satan will whisper and downplay, “It’s not a big deal“. But so many things in life that are not really a big deal, when not nipped in the bud, can become a big deal.
- Satan uses the weapon of mass distortion. His cunning ways are seen again in the Garden when he distorted God’s truth stating to Eve, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1). But God actually said, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16,17). The lesson here is that we must know God’s Word thoroughly so that we can guard ourselves against distorted teachings that may even include an element of Scripture. Jesus showed mastery over this during His times of temptation.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber