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With Whom do we Struggle? 

     … our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).

     If we could actually see into the spiritual realm I think we would be terrified beyond our ability to cope. If we knew the power we were unleashing when we choose to engage in sin I think we would be shocked into reality.

     Nothing good comes of sin, you ever notice that? Sure, it may feel good for a moment or two but, oh my, the consequences are so terribly destructive. And long-lasting.

     The ultimate effect of sin is to hand a victory to the Powers and Principalities. They don’t care about us – they are using us. How does it feel to be used? To be a pawn? To be a worthless means to an end?

     An Elder decides to view pornography; a preacher solicits a prostitute; a godly wife has an affair. Rash, not premeditated, perhaps not even part of a larger lifestyle. One-time mistakes.

     Forgivable? Of course! God’s grace is so powerful – and beautiful.

     But, here’s the rub. These sins are NOT forgettable. And, the consequences will be there forever: a powerful Christian witness destroyed for life in the eyes of a watching world; an influential Christian ministry neutralized in the lives of a confused community; a glorious Christian marriage marred with distrust in the heart of a loyal spouse.

     And what about the collateral damage caused by these sins? New converts? Struggling church members? Sons and daughters now betrayed, angry, and resentful.

     How does it feel to have been used? Your life is now thrown onto the trash pile by the Powers and Principalities as they seek other victims to use in their perverse attack on everything that is good.

     God, do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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