Skip to main content

Under Assault

Currently I am preaching a series of sermons from Revelation 1-3. Those chapters speak directly to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia as they faced persecution, false teaching, and seduction by the world. As I have studied and prepared I keep wondering: are we aware of how Satan is assaulting us?

We aren’t faced with death so we tell ourselves that we aren’t being persecuted. We tolerate false teaching by telling ourselves, “Who am I to judge?”. We justify giving into the siren song of the world as we watch hour after hour of television. We are being assaulted, but we don’t take the time to recognize it.

I want to share with you an extended quote by John Stott from his book What Christ Thinks of the Church. Stott writes:
“Persecution, error, and sin, These were not inexplicable phenomena. John recognized their source with a clarity and insight which we badly need to recapture today. The devil was at work. Behind the outward situation in the Asian Churches an invisible conflict raged between Christ and Antichrist, between the Lamb and the Dragon, between ‘the holy city’ Jerusalem (the church) and ‘the great city’ Babylon (the world). The devil’s assault upon Christ’s church was a multiple movement. He attacked from several directions. Now the onslaught was physical, through a persecuting emperor and his deputies. Now it was intellectual, through false cults, and now moral, through sub-Christian ethical standards. These were the devil’s three strategies, symbolically represented in the Revelation as the dragon’s three allies: the beast from the sea, the beast from the earth (or the false prophet) and the harlot.

“In every age it has been the same. The devil’s tactics do no change. As we look round the world today, the same pressures are harassing different churches. In some areas of the world open hostility to the gospel is accompanied by physical violence. In others, the church is wrestling in intellectual combat with an insidious ideology or a materialistic philosophy with which it cannot come to terms. Elsewhere the struggle is in the moral field, as the world seeks to cajole the church into conformity to its own ways.” (p. 13)

We are under assault, as individuals and as church families, and we desperately need to wake up to that reality. Until we do Satan will continue to wreck havoc in the Church. How is your church family being assaulted? What can you do to stand against it?


Popular posts from this blog

Prayer: Married Bedtime Prayer

My wife Jenny and I have been using the Bedtime Prayer that John Eldredge wrote for Walking with God as part of our bedtime routine.  As much as I have enjoyed the prayer I thought it was time for a prayer that was better suited to pray together.  Hopefully this will encourage you to implement prayer into your bedtime routine.

Our Father in Heaven, we pause at the end of this day to say thank You.  We give You thanks for the blessing of life, for the blessing of each other, for the blessing of family, and for the blessing of a home. You have richly blessed our lives. Restore us Father to Your Son Jesus.  He is the vine and we are the branches and He has become our source of life.  Open our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit's guidance, healing, and transformation.  May our lives and our marriage bear the fruit of the Spirit.  We surrender our lives and our marriage to You.  You have our bodies, possessions, and spirits; we give You our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.  We belon…

God Uses Unlikely People

One of the things that strike me about God is that the value society has given to people makes no difference to Him. In fact it seems that God would rather use the common, even the despised, people of the world to make a difference in this world. Consider Moses. God doesn’t use Moses when he is a prince of Egypt, but when he is a nomadic shepherd. Certainly God has used the rich and the powerful, but more often than not God has used the poor, sinful, and abused. God uses the unlikeliest people.

This reality comes our loud and clear at Christmas time. Think about the major characters of the Christmas story: Joseph who is a poor and scandalize carpenter, Mary who is a young and scandalized girl, Shepherds who are a bunch of untrustworthy characters. Only the Magi have credibility in society, but this diminishes in Jewish culture since these men were Gentiles. The most important event in the history of the world and God chooses people who are rejected and wouldn’t be believed by so…

Worship is a Lifestyle

"It's a lot easier to sing a song than it is to stop and touch the broken. It's a lot less taxing to go to church than to take 'church' to the world. But sharing with others is a sacrifice of worship that makes God smile." ~ Louie Giglio; The Air I Breathe

Worship isn't just about music. Worship isn't just an activity that is planned and programmed. Worship is about glorifying God with our lives. When we seek to honor God, we worship Him.

Worship happens anytime and anyplace. It happens Sunday mornings at church. It happens Wednesday night at Bible Study. It happens when we chat with our neighbor. It happens when we serve those in need. It happens when we show love to the lonely. Worship is what being a Christian is all about.

Worship is a life lived in response to God's gracious blessings. God has given us so much. We owe Him every breath we breathe. He is responsible for our talents we use. God has given us blessing after blessing. Only a life o…