Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Edmund was easily won over to the side of darkness in "The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe." Take note of the wicked white witch's strategy (interesting, she's colored white!). She simply seduced Edward by appealing to his love for rich sweet foods, for status, and for revenge. The more Edmund got those, the more he craved for more! So strong was his delights that in the end he betrayed his brother and sisters.

How addictive the appetites of the world and the flesh can be. Sex. Food. Money. Power. Alcohol. Clothes. They're the devil's favorite and most successful weapons to destroy God's people. He always appeal to our love for what satisfies our selfish and sinful desires in order to discourage or defeat us. Even at the expense of loved ones, friends, and even our relationship with God.

Three Scriptures come to mind to resist the devil's deceiving temptations. They are:

"Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill its lusts" (Galatians 5: 16)

"Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts" (Romans 13:14).

"Do not love the world or the things in the world" (1 John 2: 15).

Of course, if you turn to Ephesians 6, God provides us with a spiritual armor to fight the war against the devil, the flesh, and the world.

Only things is ... we must put it on.

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