"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Most humans, either perceive Satan as the Hollywood screen image, or they flagrantly ignore him as a fictitious boogey-man.
Neither view is accurate because they are not Biblical.
Greg Dutcher's emphasis in Living Free In Enemy Territory is to re-direct us to what Scripture teaches us about Satan. Scripture does tell us "to be alert and sober-minded." Scripture also teaches us that he is more like an angel of light---being beautiful, rather than monstrous and hideous.
"Satan has sinister motives, but that his outward manifestations can be quite beautiful." page 26.
There are two passages of Scripture that bear "light" on him.
Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:15-17. ESV.
See also 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6. ESV.
Scripture teaches us that we are already victorious over Satan, because of Christ Jesus. Jesus' death on the cross has redeemed us from eternal death and separation from Him. Satan has already been defeated because of Jesus' shed blood. Yet, Satan tries to lure us, and persuade us, in to temptation, in order that we will curse God, as well as tarnish the testimony of the Church.
See Revelation 20:10, John 12:31, Colossians 2:15. ESV
"Satan's final destruction-being thrown into the fiery lake-is something we can eagerly await. But Jesus has already secured the victory, striking the deathblow to the Devil and his dominion by going to the cross. In many ways, Satan's swan dive into hell is just the filing of the paperwork." pages 61-62.
One of the last chapters and titled as such in Living Free In Enemy Territory, exclaims that we can say "You disgust me Satan!" We do not need to live in fear of him. We do have the authority because of God's Spirit that lives in us, to emphatically and triumphantly state, "You disgust me!"
I felt this was an awesome book on a theme that is either ignored or given too much attention in the media and culture. Yet neither reaction is correct.
We should be alert and vigilante in knowing that we will never have a time while we are on earth, where we are free from temptation. We must read, study, and memorize God's precious Word. And,
"We must pray continually." 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV. See also Ephesians 6:10-19. ESV.
Thank you to Discovery House Publishers for my free review copy!
Greg Dutcher is the pastor of Christ Fellowship Church in Fallston, Maryland.
Published 2011 by Discovery House Publishers
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