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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Throwing Rocks at the Devil!

Recently our church staff finished reading through (and discussing through) an excellent book by Charles Stanley titled, When the Enemy Strikes.  It is an excellent treatment of what the Bible teaches on the spiritual battle that is raging around us.

Contrast this solid truth with what happens across the globe in Saudi Arabia. Every year, two million Islamic faithful take their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca (all physically and financially able Muslims are required to make this pilgrimage at least once).  One of the rituals of this pilgrimage is the “stoning of the devil.”  During the course of three days, the pilgrims throw a total of 49 pebbles at three statues representing Satan (multiply 49 by 2 million and that is a lot of stones!).  In doing so, the pilgrims hope to destroy the work of Satan against their faith.  How sad.  To think that mere stones can destroy Satan and his work!  When I was a kid, my mom taught me the old rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”  Now I know that is totally not true for you and me – words can often wound and injure far more seriously than sticks and stones.  But you know – it is not true for Satan either.  Satan as a spirit being has no bones – so stones will never be able to hurt or scare him.  But there is a WORD that can and will rock Satan to the very depth of his being – it is the WORD of God.  If you want to ward off the attacks of Satan, do what Jesus did.  Throw the Word of God at him (see Matthew 4:1-11).  To be able to do so means you must KNOW God’s Word.  If the Son of God relied on God’s Word to fight off the Enemy – how much more must we!

So … what is your plan to get to know God’s Word and then put it into practice?

Thanks for stopping by . . . and CARPE DIEM by getting to know and live the Scriptures!


Pj 

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Throwing Rocks at the Devil!

Recently our church staff finished reading through (and discussing through) an excellent book by Charles Stanley titled, When the Enemy Strikes.  It is an excellent treatment of what the Bible teaches on the spiritual battle that is raging around us.

Contrast this solid truth with what happens across the globe in Saudi Arabia. Every year, two million Islamic faithful take their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca (all physically and financially able Muslims are required to make this pilgrimage at least once).  One of the rituals of this pilgrimage is the “stoning of the devil.”  During the course of three days, the pilgrims throw a total of 49 pebbles at three statues representing Satan (multiply 49 by 2 million and that is a lot of stones!).  In doing so, the pilgrims hope to destroy the work of Satan against their faith.  How sad.  To think that mere stones can destroy Satan and his work!  When I was a kid, my mom taught me the old rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”  Now I know that is totally not true for you and me – words can often wound and injure far more seriously than sticks and stones.  But you know – it is not true for Satan either.  Satan as a spirit being has no bones – so stones will never be able to hurt or scare him.  But there is a WORD that can and will rock Satan to the very depth of his being – it is the WORD of God.  If you want to ward off the attacks of Satan, do what Jesus did.  Throw the Word of God at him (see Matthew 4:1-11).  To be able to do so means you must KNOW God’s Word.  If the Son of God relied on God’s Word to fight off the Enemy – how much more must we!

So … what is your plan to get to know God’s Word and then put it into practice?

Thanks for stopping by . . . and CARPE DIEM by getting to know and live the Scriptures!


Pj 

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