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Bethesda Shalom

Bethesda Shalom , "House of Mercy and Peace". A small independent Bible believing Church located in Wolverhampton, England; endeavouring to hold fast to truth and stand fast in love by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Dec 2, 2019

Ephesians 4:17-32

There are some Christians who never mention the name of our adversary, for fear of giving him undue attention.  You’ve all heard I’m sure, the well-meaning sentiments of a dear soul that has said in their enthusiasm; “I don’t give HIM any glory by even mentioning his name!”.  Now I do understand the thinking behind such a statement, but the question is, is it Biblical?  I was a teacher for a number of years, and when a pupil was playing the fool in class—seeking for attention and would-be followers—I usually didn’t give them the satisfaction of playing their game by bringing “undue attention” to them.  Instead, I would choose at times to employ the strategy of “ignorance”, and sure enough, they soon got tired of the show when they saw that they were not getting the crowd they’d hoped for!  However, what if, that pupil was to pull out a knife, am I still going to play dumb?  It’s one thing to have an irritant in the class, and quite another to have a potential murderer!!  The Bible doesn’t portray the devil as an irritant (far from it!!). Jesus called him a “murderer” in Jn. 8:44, and identified him as the “wicked one” in Mt. 13:19.  Peter tells us that he’s a “roaring lion”, roaming about, seeking whom he may devour! (1 Pet. 5:8).

It is imperative that we understand the wiles of our enemy and prepare ourselves for the day of his attack in order that we might not give him any place!