I preached from Daniel 10 yesterday morning. Daniel is a key text when it comes to looking behind the curtain of everyday life and seeing the spiritual battle that is going on all around us.
12 Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. 13 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, 14 and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.” Daniel 10: 12-14
I took a few moments on Sunday and talked about what I would do if I were the devil. Thought I would take a few moments and expand upon it here on my blog.
I would get Christians to obsessively watch the news.
I would get Christians to use social media in such a way that brings dishonor to the name of Jesus Christ.
I would keep Christians from praying and going deep in the Word of God.
I would get Christians focused on talking about Covid, politics, masks, vaccinations. The last thing I would want them to talk about is the gospel.
I would get Christians angry at other people who come from different theological and political tribes.
I would get Christians to begin to lose interest in being a part of the local church. Sunday attendance is not that bad, but I would keep them from meaningful community.
I would use Christians to stir up division and strife with others in the church.
I would make Christians confused about the priority between being a patriot and being a follower of Jesus Christ.
I would get Christians to believe the intoxicating lie that they can only make changes in the world if they are in a position of power.
I would lead Christians to believe that making disciples and investing in people is optional.
I would get Christians to believe in all kinds of modern day false prophecies.
I would use fear to rob them of their joy. I would make them so unhappy that they would be terrible advertising for the Christian life.