Big wars, little wars, long wars, short wars, world wars, local wars. Enemies, armies, adversaries, soldiers, destroyers, accusers, persecutors, attackers, provokers, murmurers, criticizers, trouble-makers. Big discord, little discord, long discord, short discord, world discord, local discord. Centuries of conflict have come forth from the original conflict when Lucifer, the highest of the angels, desired to be equal with God, and determined to smash everything in his way in order to accomplish his purpose.
The war that started in the heaven-lies was continued on earth as Lucifer, now Satan, came in the form of a serpent and talked Eve into being dissatisfied with what God had given her. He tempted her into smashing the truth of the Word of God in order to gain something he dangled before her eyes as superior knowledge. Satan fought his war against God by capturing the minds of Adam and Eve and getting them to believe a lie rather than truth, but it didn’t stop there. Satan has continued to twist people’s minds, to persuade them to use their talents and intelligence and energies to try to prove God wrong, or nonexistent. This basic war has been the seedbed of all the wars and rumors of wars throughout the ages, wars that will continue as long as Satan has power.
Christians often feel superior because they are not among those crying “peace, peace, when there is no peace.” They think they are being realistic because they expect wars and rumors of wars until Christ comes back again. But there is a deafness, a blindness, an insensitivity among many Christians, for they refuse to recognize the war in which they are involved. They are letting the enemy attack and score victories without resistance. Satan is achieving his minor victories ...1
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