Fall in line

PROFESSIONS OF FAITH

We have been looking at Mark 8:33 where Jesus says to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan.” We suggested that Jesus was also addressing Satan, who was using Peter to tempt the Lord. Did Jesus have the authority to tell Satan, fall in line behind Me, where you belong? If we would go into our various communities and ask that question, we would probably get a variety of answers.

Some people believe there are two forces in the universe, working against each other. There is the good force, and in opposition, there is the force of evil which tries to frustrate the other’s plans. Satan (the devil) is believed to be the head, or one in authority over of the evil ones. Is Satan someone that we should fear as Christians? Let’s look at this topic a little and see if we can clarify some of the wild ideas that are out there.

James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” By standing firm in the grace of God, we can not only make a stand for the truth, but we can cause the devil to flee. We should not live in fear of the devil, but we should be aware of his evil and wicked plans with which he can tempt us. Because of the havoc he can cause, we must have a healthy respect of him like Michael the archangel did.

I Peter 5:8 says, “The devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” In Ephesians 6:11 we are told to, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” In Jude 1:9, Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

Here we have an example of a much higher being (Michael) dealing with the devil in a cautious and respectful way; he was going to let the Lord take care of it. I believe there is a lesson for us in this text. When confronting someone of power and rank, we should approach them with humility, and depend on the One who has complete authority and power.

In conclusion; every Christian should have an awareness and a respect for the devil and his wicked schemes. But we should be able to get up each morning with confidence to face the new day, with this thought in mind. Jesus told us in Matthew 28:18, “All authority (power) has been given to Me in heaven and on earth”.

If He has all power and authority, then we should be able to say with the apostle Paul; “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called, according to His purpose,” Romans 8:28.

Comments or questions, contact me at: thoughtsonword@gmail.com

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Editor’s note: This is the second of five columns in a series by Lyndon Stimeling that will run in simultaneous weeks on the Religion page.

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Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published two books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book.

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