Remember, humanity is caught in the middle of the epic struggle
between God and His doomed foe, Satan. Our allegiance and affections are sought
to glorify one or the other. Again, think about it as a custody battle. Satan
rebelled against (divorced) God and was kicked out of the house (heaven). Now
Satan, to satisfy his own ego, wants the children. He does not love the kids but
just wants them to get to God. So he works to win our allegiance and affections.
The wayward parent always attracts the children with worldly things: riches,
pleasures, and freedom to do as they please. And they tell lies about the good
parent, designed to keep their allegiance. The good parent is very different.
Because they love the children and know what is best for them, they make them
eat their lima beans, go to bed on time, and restrict their unhealthy appetites.
So the foolish children chase immediate satisfaction in the care of the wicked
parent, at the expense of long term well-being. To the contrary, the wise
children seek the protection of the righteous parent.
I am confident that if you have read this far, you have decided
who will receive your allegiance and affection. And any of us who have walked
the path of wickedness know full well that the devil’s allures, as attractive as
they once were, lead to pain and heartache. So we have a unique perspective. Yet
many of our siblings are being deceived by the lies and give their allegiance to
Satan. What are we to do about it? We need to tell them the truth! We need to go
out there and show them where the lies end. We need to tell them that they are
pawns in an epic battle for their allegiance and affection. We need to tell them
that true freedom and fulfillment only come through submitting unconditionally
to our Heavenly Father. Making disciples is simply taking people through the
healing process of becoming free from the devil’s lies, and surrendering to a
loving Father. Then, we help them get closer to their righteous and holy Father,
and nurture a zeal to take others on the journey of truth, freedom, and
empowerment. Friends, Jesus tells us to love our enemies because they are not
our enemies; they are simply deceived children used as pawns to steal God’s
glory. So let’s go out there and steal our wayward siblings from the clutches of
their deceiving father, the devil. Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. (Matthew 28: 19-20a)
The truth shall set you free! Freedom is power, and power leads to God’s glory!
Now go out there and spark an unquenchable fire of Kingdom expansion! Lord God
Almighty, I pray that your glory will cover the whole earth. I pray that the
enemy would cringe at the advancement of your glory. I pray that your laborers
would storm the gates of hell, and initiate an unstoppable movement of radically
transformed lives. Lord, free your people with the truth. Empower your people.
Be glorified. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Carrier, Cynthia (2013-03-06). Home Sweet Home (Kindle Locations
2650-2658). Values-Driven Publishing. Kindle Edition.