If we are to fight back against Satan’s attack on the issue of beauty, we need to study his tactics and to put on the full armor of God so that we can win the fight.
“Can Satan read our thoughts?” It’s a question you’ve been asking on the blog
lately and a question many Christians have asked in the past. I can
understand why the answer seems important. Admittedly, it is
frightening to consider the possibility that anyone, especially an evil
being bent on our destruction can have access to our inner thoughts.
But it’s a tough question and tough questions rarely come with easy answers.
Imagine you are heading into battle. What should you do to prepare? Would you just sit back and wait for the fight to come to you? Not if you’re a good soldier. An experienced soldier would know to study their enemy’s tactics, to prepare their weapons, to communicate with their superior officer…
Are you a good soldier?
Does Satan really exist?
Is the Holy Spirit a living force?
Is spiritual warfare real?
These are among the questions recently asked by researchers at the
Barna Group. They surveyed over 1,800 American adults who described
themselves as Christians. I wouldn’t call the results of that study
surprising. But I do find them alarming.
Twilight certainly isn’t the first book, series, or movie to desensitize readers toward Truth. Many of today’s hottest media choices are laced with harmful contradictions to God’s Word.
Nancy recently tackled one such book on Revive Our Hearts radio. As part of a two-day series, Nancy examined the best-selling book A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. She was joined in the studio by Dr. Erwin Lutzer and Dr. Don Whitney. That conversation contained great insights for those of us who are learning to discern, especially in the area of our media choices.
We certainly want you to realize the potential danger in things like horoscopes, psychics, and supernaturally themed movies and television shows (for a more in-depth discussion on this topic read our post about magic http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/index.php?id=91). But, we also want you to realize that dabbling in dark activities isn’t the only way to expose yourself to satanic activity. Did you know that your emotions also have the power to open you up to Satan’s influence?
Have you seen the show The Moment of Truth? I wouldn’t exactly offer a glowing endorsement, but I have to admit I’ve been sucked in to an episode or two. In case you haven’t, here’s the premise—contestants are asked a series of questions designed to cause drama (examples include: have you ever lied to get a job, have you ever stolen anything, and do you really care about starving children in Africa?). Their answers are matched up against a lie detector test. The goal is to win half a million dollars by daring to be truthful.
The show is really about airing dirty laundry for cash and usually the contestants’ answers lead to tears and angry looks from their family members offstage. I’ll admit, it’s intriguing but it communicates a dangerous message that Truth is destructive or that deception is somehow is the safer route. This is a lie with serious consequences
As you begin to search your own heart and life for lies, as you begin to replace those lies with God’s Truth, and as you start to seek freedom from the bondage lies have created in your life, are you afraid to share your journey with others? Are you embarrassed that you have been deceived? Does it seem like you are the only one who Satan has managed to trip up? If so, it is important for you to realize a few things.