The Chemistry of a Christian 07: Outright Warfare
LIGHT AND DARK
Understanding the enemy – Why even study the darkness?
2 CORINTHIANS 2:11 (NLT)
…so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.
But when we look at the table of the blind… many of us understood the table even before we had filled in all of its elements.
We have become accustomed to the darkness. Our comfort in the moment has us choosing a side that inevitably leads to death.
HE TWISTS HUMANITY’S PERCEPTION OF THE CHARACTER OF GOD
GENESIS 3:1;5 (NLT)
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
We carry a responsibility that we are not designed to have.
Our psyche was not designed to carry the burden of the guilt of disobedience to light, wonder, purpose, authority, and blessing.
That darkness in its collective becomes the SPIRIT OF THE WORLD.
Satan’s character and conduct are manifested in those over whom he has control.
EPHESIANS 2:2 (NLT)
You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.
SUMMARY EXAMPLE (WITH EXTRA)
Satan presents FEAR.
The burden of obeying fear manifests in our character as DEPRESSION.
The collective depressed atmosphere becomes evident through the OPPRESSION of anything that reminds us of our disobedience or God’s goodness.
The combination of fear, depression, and oppression creates an atmosphere or spirit of DESPERATION. (Devil himself is desperate as His time is running out)
Nothing good comes out of a space of acting in desperation. We make radically ILLOGICAL decisions, and society begins to represent that in making illogical laws, governing, and leading in the craziest of ways that make absolutely no sense.
What’s next in the fear-based, depressed, oppressed, desperate, and illogical world? UNSTABLE.
Satan presents PRIDE.
We display our obedience to self by becoming OPINIONATED.
The collective opinionated society gets a FALSE SENSE OF AUTHORITY.
Before long, we have a society that is driven by ENTITLEMENT.
An entitled society becomes a SPITEFUL society.
And an entitled, spiteful society becomes riddled with MINORITY MOVEMENTS, all with their own prideful, SELFISH agendas.
Doubt checks our thoughts, and we walk in SHAME and being ashamed of whom we are.
Shame gives the world permission to be morally SPINELESS and have no concern in JUSTIFYING SIN.
Deceived by who we are and what we are entitled to, we don’t feel fulfilled, shame leads to BLAME, and blame quickly leads to OFFENSE.
Our offense justifies us breaking promises when it gets tough, or we get hurt and find ourselves in an UNFAITHFUL world.
EXCUSING ourselves from doing the right thing because of wrong circumstances, we give ourselves the right to be DISOBEDIENT.
We don’t have to respect, honor, or take the high ground and become IRRELIGIOUS as a society. Living IN THE MOMENT.
CONTROL (Be Controlled)
We CONDEMN, establish RELIGIOUS rules to judge others, and learn to live a double life in a world where DECEIT is considered a skill.
Confused by who we are, our TEMPERS mount, and our frustration breaks out into IRRATIONAL behavior that causes us to lose control of our direction, giving us a sense of worthlessness and trapping us in BOREDOM and LAZINESS.
Self-destruction lends itself to ADDICTIONS that have to be propped up in a material world that is MONEY-DRIVEN, and CORRUPT CHARACTER is rewarded. In desperation to stop the destruction, we jump at experiences and false OPPORTUNITIES. Our minds corrupt, and MENTAL ILLNESSES abound. We have suicidal thoughts and self-harm. We lose sight of the life-giving relationship with God’s Spirit and begin to operate out of our FRAILTY. We begin to DIE inside. So much destruction, so much disappointment, and soon it gets very DARK.
GENESIS 1:2 – THE DARK WATERY DEEP
DESTRUCTION BROUGHT DARKNESS DEATH AND DECEPTION –
JOHN 10:10A (NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
THE LIGHT ALWAYS WINS
GENESIS 1:3 – LET THERE BE LIGHT
2 TIMOTHY 1:10 (NIV)
But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
1. DARKNESS TO LIGHT
Darkness is the culmination of the manifestation of the lies of Satan and the acceptance of them by humankind.
Light is the culmination of the manifestation and revelation of God’s character.
2. DEATH TO LIFE
To understand death, we need to understand its source – disobedience.
GENESIS 2:15-17 (NLT)
The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
Obedience to God’s character would reveal what is right and wrong (Holy Spirit) and eternal life (characteristic of God).
Disobedience has us replacing the real with the fake.
Moving our lives from darkness to light and from death to LIFE requires our obedience to the right source.
DEATH IS DEFEATED, AND LIFE RETURNS.
3. DESPERATION TO HOPE
For the believer there is hope beyond the grave, because Jesus Christ has opened the door to heaven for us by His death and resurrection.” -Billy Graham.
DESPERATION turned to HOPE.
4. BOREDOM TURNED TO WONDER
JOHN 4:13-14 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
OUR BOREDOM TURNED TO WONDER.
5. OFFENSE DEFEATED BY FORGIVENESS
1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-5 (NLT)
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
OFFENSE CAN NOT BE CARRIED WHEN OUR OFFENSE IS FORGIVEN.
6. OPPORTUNISTIC THINKING BECOMES ETERNAL PEACE
JOHN 10:28-29 (NLT)
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
OUR FRANTIC, DESPERATE LIVES ARE GIVEN PEACE THROUGH THE GIFT OF ETERNITY.
WINNING YOUR WAR
2 TIMOTHY 2:10 (NLT)
So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.
What are you willing to do to run towards the Light?
JOHN 8:12 (NLT)
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
1 CORINTHIANS 2:12 (NLT)
And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.