The Doctor

Imagine you're at the doctor because you don't feel well, and this time it seems serious. Your doctor looks at you and says, "Well, I've got some good news, and some ... good news." He continues, "The good news is there aren't any diseases, viruses, or signs of aging in your body." Wanting to feel relieved, you keep listening, "The other good news is that you have strong bones, great microorganisms in your gut, and your heart is totally beating. Good job." He lets you stare blankly for a bit, then finishes with, "Thanks for coming in! The receptionist will give you more information about how healthy and safe you are."


What would you do? Would you walk out relieved, or would you go find another doctor who wasn't completely crazy? Hopefully the latter. 


Sometimes we live a spiritual life silently advised by the crazy doctor. We walk around, doing our job, going to church, coming home, dropping off the kids, paying bills, and watching Netflix like everything's all-good. Like there's not a constant internal battle happening in your heart, mind, and soul. 


Imagine the doctor story again. What if you were fighting a life-threatening battle that could be overcome with the right care? If the doctor said, "It's all good. Nothing going on here," he wouldn't be your doctor; he'd be your destroyer. 


Well, you are fighting a life-threatening battle that can be overcome with the right care. And you do have a destroyer. He is called the devil, Satan, Lucifer, the father of lies, the enemy, the deceiver, and the accuser. He wants you dead, spiritually dead. He's often just like the crazy doctor.


But there is good news, real Good News. The Gospel. Jesus came into the world to destroy death, defeat the schemes of the devil, and give us life and more life. And because of Jesus, the good doctor, we don't just fight this battle for victory, we fight from victory. 


1 Peter 5:8-9 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.


2 Timothy 1:9-10 He has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.


John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.



When the Devil Knocks 



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