The Apostle John's first-century command to "test the spirits" is also the biblical antidote to today's proliferation of religious error.
We battle the Devil. The Devil, also called Satan, was an elite angel who rebelled against God, seeking to steal His glory and usurp His authority. He became the commander-in-chief of a war against God so God cast him out of heaven with a minority of angels now known as demons. Satan and his demons operate by deceiving us, seducing us, blinding us, accusing us, and seeking to influence us in such a way as to defeat us and thereby rob God of His glory (Ephesians 6:12).
To be victorious we need four ingredients.
- Know the truth by knowing the Bible
- Realize the victory is already won (Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 2:6)
- Rely on provided resources: the Son of God, the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and the people of God
- Submit to God and resist the Devil (James 4:7)
Bravery is not just limited to war—daily life can be a battlefield. If you’re facing a tough situation requiring great courage don’t compromise on what you believe. The world needs people who are committed to standing alone for the truth.
Since heaven will be our ultimate destination, we need to spend less time complaining about our struggles and trials on earth, where we temporarily live, and more time learning as much as possible about heaven, where we will live forever.
God has chosen to leave us on earth to proclaim the Good News to a lost and hurting world.
We become superstitious when we’re unsure about God’s truth. Superstition is bondage. It puts us in chains, enslaves us, and steals our joy. Christ came to set us free from this oppression.
Ignorance is not bliss. When you’re unsure about what you believe, you become a target for false teachers. Biblical knowledge will help you take a stand for the truth in a lost and disoriented world.
The world system is at odds with God because Satan nurtures it. It’s a system designed to give us pleasure and distract us from God.
We're not short on desire to do good, but when it comes to pulling it off, why do we keep blowing it? Paul answered this question in Romans 7.
Courage is just another word for inner strength. God’s Medal of Honour winners are made in secret, because our most courageous acts occur down deep inside, away from the view of the general public. That takes courage. It takes a strong resolve.
Who had more of God than the Israelites in Moses’ day? But they were ungrateful, hardened, and faithless. Their Great Deliverer, in their eyes, had become a cruel taskmaster.