disguise

The right fight

In the war on terrorism, it can get tricky to figure out who to fight. Similar to the guerrilla warfare in Vietnam, when a soldier wears civilian clothing, it’s hard to figure out that he’s a soldier until it’s often too late. In the same way, the enemy of our soul often masquerades in what seems to be various human conflicts, stresses & pressures. If we only look at the outside of what’s happening, we’ll get distracted & fight the wrong fight, rather than warring against the true opposition of our soul. Jesus says in John 10:10 that the thief comes to kill, steal & destroy.
There is a real enemy warring against your soul & more often than not, your enemy isn’t your spouse, your pastor, your friend or your kids / parents, a co-worker or fellow student. The enemy of your soul is a masquerade genius, so don’t fall for the disguise!!

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the problem with fear

Ok, here’s something to think about for our daily living: fear wears lots of disguises, attempting to influence us more than Jesus.  Indeed, I’ve met people whose lives are unknowingly controlled by fear & this is heart breaking.  Fear masquerades as safety, cooperation, tolerance & many other guises.  I think that if fear were removed from some people’s lives they would fall apart because its the essential beacon by which they make their decisions, form their relationships and control their conversations.  They’ve become so comfortable with fear that its the glue that holds their life together.  The problem is that fear hates to be exposed because once its brought to the light, its weakness is revealed & power diffused.

Consider Saul in 1 Sam 15. From God’s command, he was supposed to entirely obliterate the Amalekites but he didn’t do this.  Instead he waffled on his obedience & when Samuel confronted Saul & pressed the issue, Saul finally admitted, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.”  From this point on, God rejected Saul.  Saul chose fear over obedience – God help us to avoid this trap.  May we forever remain friends with God & enemies with fear.  Let’s never be more comfortable with fear than we are comfortable with God.

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