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Spiritual Warfare

randomlychad  —  November 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

The following is dialogue from The Exorcist:

“Father Damien Karras: Why her? Why this girl?
Father Merrin: I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as… animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us.”

We have only to turn on the evening news to see that evil is a real thing, a palpable force to be reckoned with. Murders, disasters, calamities, accidents, bullyings, school shootings. Each and every one an assault upon our sensibilities.

Make no mistake: the people to which these things happen pay a terrible price. They are victims in the truest sense of the word.

But the Devil is an opportunist. He is a master strategist with one agenda: to make us doubt the fundamental goodness of God. Not being God himself, he must use the tools at his disposal. Secondary to his delight in all the ways we harm one another, is his desire to cause as much collateral damage as possible.

There are the primary victims of crime, of tragedy, and then there’s the rest of us–the observers, the bystanders. Left in the wake of evil’s passing, we wonder “Why?”

Why him?

Why her?

Why them?

Why me?

Why this?

Why now?

The Devil’s methods may have multiplied over the millennia, but his fundamental agenda is the same:

He wants us to despair.

To despair of living, to give up hope, to despair of the goodness of God, and thus reject His love.

How could He love us? How could He love me? When all that goes on around us is evil and tragedy?

That is the abyss which is laid before our feet each and every day. Make no mistake: the enemy knows you, knows your story–knows from whence you come. And he will exploit all such knowledge to the hilt.

The devil is a pragmatist.

The first rule of warfare is: know your enemy. Know his strategies, know his schemes. Know that he hasn’t changed.
Where does the fight against despair begin? On your knees.

“Submit God, resist the devil, and he must flee.”

Fight the good fight, my friends!

Desolation and Deserts

randomlychad  —  September 3, 2012 — 2 Comments

There’s something about the desert, entirely apart from the searing heat, that bakes its way into ones soul. Like clay, ones soul can harden, dry, in that open oven. The sere vistas, dry, cracked, hard-packed earth as far as the eye can see.

It does something to the heart.

Yet there’s a peacefulness to it, too–an austerity. A kind of somber splendor. And somehow it’s alive–gloriously alive! Against all hope, there is life! Life clings tenaciously to the ground. There is a verdancy one doesn’t expect, almost forgets to look for, amidst the haze of dust clouds.

The desert tests one, tests one’s resolve. Tests one’s ability to continue to believe, abide in faith, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Jesus came to this wilderness–the desert, this earth–to lead out of dryness.

If your soul is parched, look up today: there is evidence of rain.

Where do you see Jesus moving in your dry places?