Battling an Unseen Enemy

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on April 16, 2020

One of the reasons I read the Bible every day is that it helps me see the enemy that remains unseen.
 
Our society is battling the unseen coronavirus. But even when this battle eventually is won, there will be an on-going, far more critical battle against a more deadly unseen enemy
 
The unseen enemy in James 4
 
The Holy Spirit allows us to see several unseen enemies in James 4: covetousness, pleasure-seeking, envy, pride. Read James 4 (click here)so that the Spirit can reveal the power of those enemies in your life. “Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it sins.” I have just tested positive for the sin and guilt that lead to death.  
 
But the Spirit also provides the vaccine and the cure. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you… Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
 
Even so, come, Lord Jesus, into our hearts with your forgiving grace and your power to change us! (Notice the crown in the picture above. Jesus is victorious. Through faith in him, you are victorious too!)
 
The unseen enemy in Joshua 16-18 (click here)
 
These are “skimming chapters” because there are so many place names. But don’t miss the unseen enemy. Focus on Joshua 16:10; 17:12,13,16 (read them here). The greatest enemies the Israelites faced were not the Canaanites and Perizzites. The greatest enemy was within: a lack of trust in God’s promises.
 
May the unseen enemy of the coronavirus help us see the greater danger of the unseen enemy of lack of trust in our gracious God. May the fear and disruption we are experiencing drive us more deeply into the Word of God where the Holy Spirit allows us to see the world from God’s point of view. “In this world you will have trouble; but take heart, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
 
The unseen enemy and the Empty Tomb
 
The Apostle Peter didn’t see the enemy within either. He thought he would never deny Jesus. Click here to follow Peter out to the empty tomb and find victory in this devotion from our Easter service.
 
Food Drive for Muskego Food Pantry
 
If you live in the area, you can drop off food this Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. See the attached Food Drive promo and share it with friends. Sally Wallner also has a Facebook video about it. Watch it here.  From 2 to 3:30 pm we pastors plan to be around to say hello (from a social distance) since we all miss you too! You can drop off offerings for the Food Pantry or for St. Paul's during that time as well. Thanks in advance for helping those in need.

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Celebrating with you the victory that we have in Christ Jesus!

Pastor Pete

 

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