My friend, may I ask you a question? What is the devil’s preferred strategic option when it comes to getting us to support his point of view? Is he also intent on merely shifting our view of the truth by going around our moral defenses?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Letters from my congressman, senator as well as all the mailings from a political party that I most often align myself with, frequently invade my mailbox. They come in the guise of surveys, newsletters and sometimes fund appeals. All have one thing in common: they are asking for my support. I’m sure that the other party I’m not affiliated with would love to have my support as well. Nevertheless, the one thing I’ve never seen is an appeal for their support. “Join us and abandon your your political affiliation and we will work hard for you?” No. I’ve never received such a letter, newsletter, brochure, survey or fund appeal like that. They know that this would not be the way to garner my support. Rather, they might send me something on an issue that has general appeal, in an effort to get their foot in the door, so to speak. If they can find an issue that might shift my point of view, it would be the better strategic option.
What is the Satan’s preferred strategic option when it comes to getting us to support his point of view? Is he also intent on merely shifting our view of the truth by going around our moral defenses?
Here’s a thought. Did you know that the largest man-made structure in Europe is something called the Maginot Line? Constructed over the course of eight years during the 1930s along the border between France and Germany, it consists of 150 miles of fortresses, guard posts and interconnecting tunnels of concrete that were at one time, prior to World War II, manned by forty French divisions. Built to keep the German army out of France, it was never breached, yet the line of forts and tunnels didn’t prevent the Germans in 1940 from going around them and capturing France in a matter of weeks. (Unknown.)
Hebrews 4:15 tells us: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are––yet was without sin.” The personality of Jesus was sinlessness. It was Jesus’s Maginot Line in the sense that Satan knew he couldn’t attack it directly but had to go around it and in some way shift Jesus away from his sinless personality. Unlike the Germans in 1940, however, he wasn’t successful. Praise God! Nevertheless, this is also the strategy Satan uses against us. He seldom attacks us directly as our personality is to be in Christ, not in the world. The Holy Spirit is our Maginot Line. Satan prefers encirclement, therefore, to a penetrating attack. We’re affiliated with Christ, so Satan’s “come-on” will seldom be “Hey, why not join my side?” Rather, he will chink away at us with lies and deceptions about what we believe. We’re on the side of Christ, nonetheless. So, if we watch our backs our Maginot Line really can’t be breached.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit allowing us to possess the strongest defense against Satan imaginable. Forgive us when we forget that our defenses are strong, if only we keep our defenses against sin strong in front of us as well as behind us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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