A Demonic Referendum

Referendum: The principle or practice of referring measures proposed or passed by a legislative body, head of state, etc., to the vote of the electorate for approval or rejection.

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In spiritual warfare there is good versus evil. Heaven versus Hell. The saved versus the damned. As Christians, we have spiritual foes. And because we have a sinful nature as well as a regenerated spirit to go along with the fact that we are the apple of God’s eye, the warfare is centered around us.

But I do want to point out that God has equipped us with the right to make choices just like America equips us to with ballets to vote. We may not always make the best votes but we do have the right to vote. So it is in spiritual warfare. God is the Founding Father and He has given us a right to choose.

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The devil knows this and he cannot change this. But what he can do is give you and me a referendum from hell…especially in matters we are biased towards. After he entice you and lure you, after he has studied your tendencies and the longings your sin nature has, he slips you a referendum and awaits your vote.

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“You know you been wanting that for a long time,” he says. “So this is gonna be your only opportunity. What’s it gonna be? Time is ticking and the opportunity is slipping away.”

We have the final vote. Our ballet is a difference maker. But hell’s referendums have made us vote wrongly at the polls of spiritual warfare countless times.

 

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D. Barlow

 

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Be Vigilant

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Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1Peter 5:8)

In English class, I learned that whenever there is a semicolon, the information that comes before the semicolon and after the semicolon are both independent clauses and are of equal importance to one another.

In the verse above, we like to quote the second clause but pay no mind to the first clause, but they are of equal importance. We know the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour – but not a lot of emphasis is placed on the first clause “Be sober, be vigilant.”

Be Sober

This doesn’t merely refer to alcohol or drugs. On the contrary, it is talking about our inner man. Do not be drunk with rage. Do not be drunk with lust. Do not be drunk with covetousness…and so forth.

From that standpoint, there are things you can identify that threaten your “sobriety.” When the wrong thing comes on TV, I might have to change the channel because this romance scene or sex scene threatens my sobriety. “Be sober.” Instead of double- taking, for the sake of my sobriety I’d better single-take. “Be sober.”

Be Vigilant

Vigilant means to be aware or alert. However, it means that but to a greater extent. I like to say it means to be ready for spiritual warfare in a moment’s notice. As the second clause indicates, the devil strikes when you least expect it. Someone says something disrespectful. Some plot manifests. Surprise, surprise… here comes an attack from the devil!

In closing, if you don’t protect your sobriety and be ready to engage in spiritual warfare in a moment’s notice, the devil will successfully ambush you.

 

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D. Barlow

 

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