Monday, February 2, 2015

Pastor's Ponderings, February 2, 2015

Jesus Has Already Won The War!

"The War of the Worlds" was a classic radio episode depicting a Martian invasion of the earth on October 30, 1938. It caused mass panic because those who tuned in during the broadcast missed the introduction, which explained that it was simply a dramatic presentation. It caused great consternation among those who had been duped.  While this was simply a theatrical performance, there is a real war of the worlds by a deadly and unrelenting foe that is determined to destroy everyone in the world (John 10:10).

In the radio broadcast, the enemy is ultimately defeated by earth’s germs but the real war of the worlds is being fought by the evil one who cannot be defeated by anything that is in the world. He uses weapons of destructive lifestyles, fear, worry, despair, hopelessness, terror, and depression.  The devil has defeated many who could not see a way out of their problems. Fortunately, the Bible says that although we will have many trials and sorrows, Jesus has already overcome the devil (John 16:33). We have God’s strength and his mighty spiritual weapons as we fight in this war (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

When you are facing your challenges and feel that you are losing your battle against the devil, remember that our God has already defeated the devil, his works, and his weapons (1 John 3:8).  Let us be joyful knowing that He has already won the war of the worlds!

John 10:10
New International Version (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 16:33
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33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

2 Corinthians 10:4-5
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The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

1 John 3:8
New International Version (NIV)
... The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

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