The devil and demons are real. The unseen enemies of God are far more prevalent than people realize. Even against your own mind and heart and midst those close to you . . . they are working constantly with the objective of separating you from "He Who is in you" Who is "greater than he who is in the world." They are God's enemy and if you are for God they are your enemy. They hate God and they hate you and want to see you destroyed.
Have you ever observed (or perhaps even been a part of) that situation where someone is involved in sin . . . up to their eyeballs . . . and how much they love to corrupt another--to bring you or another down to their same level of lawlessness? Usually, most of, if not all of the pleasure they originally got from that first pop of sin is gone and next to that the most pleasure they can yet still achieve is in corrupting another . . . then some other . . . and so on. This is all they've got to do with.
While you are seemingly involved with a hundred odd things--work, family, hobbies, projects, etc., so that it would seem that you have various different objectives all going upon which you work . . . the enemies (of God) around you have only one objective which they pursue with single focus: to destroy you, to keep you from friendship with the Lord.
If it were two opposing armies on the battlefield it would look like this: one army is scattered, with its soldiers engaged in a myriad of different tasks, pointed in all directions; a few troops ARE engaged with the enemy, but most aren't even looking at the enemy; they are wandering about the plain, poking in bushes, some are eating and drinking and laughing around campfires telling tales . . . some are cleaning machinery and weapons, some are painting pictures . . . playing songs . . . taking baths . . . digging for treasures . . . arguing politics in huddles and on and on. Meanwhile the enemy is organized, bunched together, singly focused on one goal--to destroy the milling and meandering opposition. And the stakes are life and death, glory or torment . . . forever!
That is a fair representation of what it is like with us. We have a determined (albeit doomed) enemy wholly focused on our degradation and destruction . . . while we are casually going about a hundred other things, ignorant of the peril and active, continuous assault on our very beings.
And it is all the more pathetic in that the enemy himself has provided the many distractions and entertainments and indulgences upon which the unwary, meandering army is engaged. What fools!
One living soul--a creature designed by God Himself, made in the image of Himself . . . is worth more than all the earth . . . combined with all the kingdoms that have ever been on the earth including all those present now, worth more than the vast and astounding universe itself! THAT is how valuable and precious one life, one soul, one person is. Yet we treat it like dirt, like nothing. We play games with the life God has given us, casually subjecting our souls to the most rank evils on a habitual basis. We treat our dogs better than we treat our souls. We guard our cars and our carpets and our cats better than we guard the precious territory of our living souls which are made in the image of the glorious holy Creator of the universe and all that is!
It as if (only infinitely worse) we were given a precious, delicate antique master painting . . . and we casually dragged it around with us, left it out on the lawn overnight, tossed it in the mud to be played with by dogs, allowed our children to eat on it, draw on it. . . . destroying all its value with a shrug and a devil-may-care smirk.
Only it is a trillion times worse . . . how we disregard the precious nature of our living souls, which are exquisitely crafted and provided for by God . . . for His glory and for the glory He intends that we share with Himself.
And the devil and demons are delighted wherever and whenever we so degrade and neglect this precious gift. They provide implements and opportunities to trash and pervert it and cheer us on when we do.
Oh Lord that we would awaken to our awful condition! Pray, Oh Lord that our eyes are opened and our consciences brought vibrantly to life over the sacred seriousness of our situation! Dear Lord, allow us to see and understand what a valuable, precious, unequaled gift you have given us in life, in being, in being an individual who can commune with and experience and even BE like God Himself! Amen.
Time is short and getting shorter. The enemy is over the walls, within the gates and stalks our very households--don't you deny it. Arise and meet the battle today!