22 May 2020

We have seen in Daniel 10 that spiritual warfare in the spiritual realm is real although it is not obviously noted in the physical realm. We must be conscious that total reality involves both physical and spiritual realms; failure to recognise this may make us vulnerable to wrong conclusions and responses.

We must be aware that in every testing situation, God and Satan are involved. God tests us to bring forth excellence in discipleship whereas Satan tests us with a view to destroy us and to ruin us. Deuteronomy 8: 2,16 brings forth the former truth clearly:-
“Remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that He may humble you, testing you to know what what was in your heart, whether you would keep HIs commandments or not …Who fed you in the wilderness with manna.. that He might humble you and test you …”

Paul, in writing to the Thessalonian Christians wrote:
“I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labour would be in vain” (1 Thess. 3:5). Paul was concerned that Satan might have persuaded the Christians in Thessalonica to give up their faith and so ruined their souls. We may be aware that although the Thessalonian Church was a young church, she went through intense persecution and sufferings even very early in their walk with God.

Paul also warned us that the devil can dress as an angel of light. So believers need to be alert to be able to discern the source of our temptations and testing.

But let us take heart that even as Satan tried to bring us down, God is always there to keep us steady and to build us up in the harrowing experience – so in the current crisis and in every situation we would face in the days to come, let us rejoice that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. God has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us and to enable us to fight a good fight and to triumph. We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.