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It is amazing the things I hear people say. Most of them are comical, but some are sad. They remind me that the enemy is just what 1 Peter 5:8 says, Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.

C. S. Lewis once suggested that the two mistakes Christians make in talking about Satan are that we either joke about him or we ignore him. Neither one of those is right in light of what Peter teaches. We are reminded that we are in a spiritual battle, but our focus is not on the enemy. Our focus must be on the one who defeated the enemy. Hebrews 12:2 is one of my heart verses. It says, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. We are to keep our focus on the One who went to battle and endured that shameful cross. It was that cross that brings our victory!

We have seen the victory in the salvation of souls – that makes me want to shout cheers to our KING – Our LORD. When people are coming to faith in Christ, the enemy tries to stop it by creating division and diversions – diverting our eyes from Jesus tempting us with his lies to look elsewhere, but we MUST keep our eyes focused on Jesus. Keep telling the lost about the salvation that is available to those who call on the name of the LORD. (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13) When people make public their faith in Jesus Christ – this Pastor gets excited!

Tell your story of coming to faith in Jesus!

Pastor Doug I