This week my wife and I, with some friends, went and saw the movie “Lone Survivor” of four American soldiers sent on a secret mission that goes array and they are discovered by a group of goat herders. The soldiers are left with a choice of killing them to protect the mission, tying them up and hope someone finds them before the wolves do, or releasing them. The soldiers decided to release the goat herders because of the fear of how our own military may look upon killing them and how the news media would betray them. By releasing the goat herders they knew if they themselves were not extracted from the area soon the goat herders would tell the Taliban and they would end up in a gunfight for their lives.
No sooner were the goat herders released they went and told the Taliban. As a result three of the four American soldiers lost their lives. Miraculously one survives the initial battle and is rescued by a local Afghan villager whose whole village fights against the Taliban to save this soldier. Before this lone survivor is rescued 16 American soldiers give their lives in getting him home. A great movie to show the bravery of our soldiers who put themselves in harms way for our safety.
Sadly, this movie is of an actual account of what happened, it is not one you take your children to. We in this country feel we are safe from attacks like this but is that true? In 1 Peter 5:8 says “ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Devour is a strong word for it means to be totally consumed
Do you remember Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941; it completely caught this nation off guard. On the very day of the attack, the Japanese peace envoy was seated at the negotiating table in Washington D.C., talking of a peace agreement between our two nations. We lost five of our eight battleships, three destroyers, and several other ships, more than 200 aircraft were destroyed, a total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded.
Three days later Germany and Italy declared war against the United States. Our involvement in the war lasted four years and cost us more than 400,000 American lives. We under estimated the powerful force of our enemy. You see, the devil wants us to put limitations on God’s abilities, he likes to tempt us to doubt the goodness of God, he likes to distract us from true worship with one another, and focus our attention on the present instead of on the eternal values.
Some of the devil’s favorite traps are moral temptations, get you fighting among each other, or making you feel guilty for something you did in the past. When we have accepted the free gift of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, then when we have confessed those sins they are gone from His sight forever. The guilt you feel is only the devil’s attempt to make you ineffective in your faith.
The next verses in 1 Peter says this; “Resist him (the devil), steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” James 4:7 says; “Therefore submit to God, Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 says; “No temptation have overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” And Luke 1:37 says; “For with God nothing will be impossible.”
The devil understands he is fighting a lost battle and his outcome has already been determined. So next time you are confronted with a temptation, remember you already won the battle and there is not need to surrender to that temptation.