There’s a verse in the Bible that every time I read it, I actually smile. I would laugh out loud, but usually I’m the one reading the Bible out loud at God’s Public Library, so I don’t usually get the chance to stop and laugh.
But the verse is in 2nd Corinthians… Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
For we are not ignorant of his devices…
I am COMPLETELY ignorant of the Enemy’s Devices.
Last year when we started God’s Public Library, we were under spiritual attack. I was completely ignorant, I just thought everyone involved went crazy. LOL. Including myself!. hehehe.
Seriously though, I really never experienced spiritual warfare before. I wouldn’t even know what it looks like. I also know in the Bible it states that the World, the Flesh, and the Devil are basically against us.
And I get the first two. Obviously the World does not want the Lord, and everything in our society screams against the things of the Lord like Righteousness and Holiness and Pure. And I know my Flesh. Oh do I know my flesh. It wasn’t everything the Lord hates. Pride, Money, Status, etc. Even the movies I use to like were everything God would hate. Sex, Violence, Sin, Etc.
So I understand the first two. The third – the Devil. I never really figured I hit his radar. I mean, I’m a terrible Christian. Why would he even bother with the attacks when my own flesh is fighting against the Holy Spirit.
And I admit, I ignorantly thought… there would be no need for spiritual warfare… unless God’s Public Library actually started getting numbers. Then we would be a threat to the Enemy.
But after a crazy year, we learned… actually Reading the Bible out loud together… is so powerful… even with just two or three people… the Enemy would do anything to try to stop the Reading.
He tried to destroy friendships, relationships, schedules. He used the things of the world like work, he used vulnerabilities in my personality, he used whatever he could. And looking back now, everything that was done… the result should have been… to discontinue the Bible Reading. For example, I was working seventy to eighty hours a week. Most people would have stopped the hour long Bible Reading thinking… Of course work is important. There’s nothing else I can do. I HAVE to work. But the Bible Reading, I can cut down to fifteen minutes and do at home by myself.
But we continued on with the Public Bible Reading, and thankfully the Lord revealed to us that is was an attack.
And about the time He revealed that to us… we were reading how we are not ignorant of the Enemy’s devices. And I was like… “I’m COMPLETELY ignorant of His devices. I didn’t have a clue what was going on…”
We are fighting powers and principalities. Satan is the god of this world. You can see His handiwork, though most of the time He remains invisible. So the hope for this page is to point out some of His characteristics.
(One example… Satan is all about appearance, where the Lord is all about substance.. Think of how much focus we put on our outward appearance, but we put nothing into our souls. Or how people now have Facebook friends… but the quality of actual friendships is going down the drain. There are many other characteristics of the enemy, this is just an example of what we hope to share on this page.)