42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:42-44)
In the volumes of literature on the Spiritual Disciplines, spiritual warfare is not often listed as a Discipline. What is clear though, is that this was a practice that Jesus engaged in. Our study of the temptation of Jesus earlier in our 40 day journey certainly emphasized this point. So, over the next two days we will be focusing on the Discipline of Spiritual Warfare. If you are a Christian, then you are in a spiritual battle. To win, we have to “Be like Jesus”.
Let’s start our discussion by considering the enemy. Please carefully read the passage above and answer the questions below.
- How do you relate to the description of the devil that Jesus provides?
- To many Christians the devil is more like the bogeyman of childhood than a real adversary. Why do you believe this is the case?