© 2010  •   Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs

More ruthless than Hitler, more conniving than Bin Laden, more relentless than Al Qaeda and the Taliban, every human being has a common enemy.  “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).  “Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

If we only knew how deadly an enemy he is, we would fight him and fight him hard.  While we are passing through a world that is not our home, he is planting his explosive devices all along our path.  “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).  Our hearts are the battlefront.

If we will resist him, we can defeat him (James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:9, Ephesians 6:10-18).  At the cross Jesus secured the victory (Hebrews 2:14-15).
Satan’s fate is sealed (Revelation 20:10).

Personal victory requires that we fight the good fight of the faith (1 Timothy 6:12).  It’s not a war against flesh and blood, against people who threaten our civil peace, but against the forces of Satan that threaten our individual peace with God (Ephesians 6:12).

Are you fighting that fight?  One saint saw the end coming and declared:  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).  You can go to heaven, but you have to fight.

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