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Satan's tactics aren't fair in war on believers

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Minister's Forum

My youngest son, Casey, called me from Ft. Bliss, Texas, a couple of days ago to talk about some bad news he had received.
He discovered that some soldiers from his former unit of the 101st Airborne Division were killed in Afghanistan last week. Two of them were close friends of his – having served with them two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He told me that what troubled him the most was the circumstances surrounding their deaths – they were shot by an Afghan police recruit they were training!
My son exclaimed, “Dad, it’s not fair. These men served with me for three combat tours in some of the worst situations, and then they get killed – not in battle with the enemy – but by one they are training to defend his country!”
It’s not fair! I agreed with him – it’s not fair – but in war, nothing is ever fair. I reminded him that they are fighting an enemy like the Viet Cong, who does not abide by international law, who has never heard of the Geneva Convention.
Our discussion of the deceitful “enemy” our troops face in combat reminded me of the “enemy” all Christians have faced throughout history. Our enemy is Satan. And Jesus, in his accusation of the Pharisees, described the enemy for us in John 8:44 (NIV), “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
The apostle Peter wrote, (I Peter 5:8): “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
The enemy – Satan – is a murderer and a liar who “prowls… like a roaring lion … looking … to devour!”
One of my favorite TV channels is Animal Planet, and I remember one show they had about lions. They described the hunting techniques of lions – how they lay low and watch – carefully observing and selecting their prey. They will note signs of weakness in their prey – weaknesses that make them extremely vulnerable to an attack.
Likewise, Satan watches us for signs of weakness – signs of vulnerability – and once he observes a weakness or a vulnerable spot to attack us, he will then pounce. Satan cannot read our minds, but he is an expert at determining weakness. He watches our eyes: What are we looking at? What are we reading? What are we watching on TV? He hears what we hear: What we are listening to? He observes our reaction to the things we see and hear. He determines our weakness, and then strikes.
He is also described as a liar – “there is no truth in him…he is a liar and the father of lies.” He tells us, “Don’t worry about how you live your life – it’s OK to watch that; it’s OK to say those things; it’s OK to do anything you want because you are under grace!” Since you are under grace, it’s all right to hate your fellow man; it’s all right to cheat; it’s all right to lust; you can do anything you want, because God forgives!
Just as Satan twisted Scripture to Eve in the garden and when tempting Jesus in the wilderness, he twists God’s truth with us to tempt us to follow him and walk in disobedience to God.
Satan will agree with Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV), “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” He will then convince you that witnessing isn’t necessary, because “you aren’t very good at it, so leave it to those who are good at it.” And don’t attempt to memorize Scripture, because you know “you can’t do that, either.” Satan likes verses 8 and 9, but he hates verse 10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
We don’t work for our salvation – we work because of it! Jesus calls all of us, “Come, follow me.” We are asked to come to him – accepting him as our savior. Then we are to “follow” him – walk with him – and learn from him. After coming to him and learning from him, we are commanded to “go – make disciples” and teach them everything he has taught us (Matthew 28:19-20).
One of Satan’s most damaging lies today is “tolerance.” He leads us to believe that we are to practice tolerance toward other religions and toward sinful lifestyles. He claims that Christians need to practice tolerance by taking Christ out of Christmas – we are to say "Happy holidays" instead. By doing this, we are considerate of the feelings of other religions. Satan wants us to believe, after all, that we are all journeying to the same destination – heaven – and that some just choose different paths than through Christ.
But that belief is contrary to the teaching of scripture. Jesus said, (John 14:6 NIV): ”I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He’s not one of the ways or a way – he is THE way!
 “It’s not fair” – but nothing in war is fair. Christians should not be deceived – we are at war. Our adversary, Satan, is seeking to “devour” as many unsuspecting people as he can. He will do this in any way he can because he is the father of “unfairness” – the father of lies. He would prefer that Christians listen to him – and believe him!