Confused And Baffled?

Don’t be surprised if you are regularly confused and baffled if you have not yet been saved by Jesus Christ.  This is exactly what The Liar wishes to achieve.  The more he can confuse, the more he can create doubt, worry, fear and temptation to sin in an unsaved world. 

But even the saved, and sometimes most especially the saved, can expect this confusion to overtake them.  If The Enemy senses that a Christian is advancing, moving higher spiritually, or if he senses a particular area of weakness he can and will attack even the most spiritual of Christ’s followers. 

Jesus himself was brought to the desert to be tempted by Satan for forty days and nights before his ministry on earth began in earnest.  Satan attacked Jesus from every angle, yet Jesus did not cave into temptation.  Jesus remains the only sinless man to have ever walked the earth.

Billy Graham shared a little on the subject in a piece he wrote called “Call to Battle.”  Here is an excerpt:

The words of the Apostle Paul, “Be not conformed to this world,” have tremendous significance and meaning for us today.  These words cut like a sharp sword across our way of life… They have the tone of the battle call in them.  They separate the weak from the strong. But they are words of inspiration and we need to hear them today.

Be not conformed to this world mentally.  The world by its advertisements, its conversation, and its philosophy is engaged in a gigantic brainwashing task.  Not always consciously but sometimes unconsciously, the Christian is beset by secular and worldly propaganda.

Much entertainment is slanted to those who feed on violence, sex, and lawlessness.  It seems some diabolic mastermind is running the affairs of this world and that its chief objective is to brainwash Christians to get them to conform to this world.

The world’s sewage system threatens to contaminate the stream of Christian thought.  Satan will contest every hour you spend in Bible reading or prayer.

However, above the din we can hear the voice of scripture, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We Christians are not even to be conformed to the world’s anxieties.  Many Christians ae wring their hands and saying , “What’s the world coming to?”

The Bible has already told us that “the world and the lust thereof” are going to pass away.  We have already been told in Scripture that the world is coming to a cataclysmic judgement.

We Christians are to be lights in the midst of darkness, and our lives should exemplify relaxation, peace, and joy in the midst of frustration, confusion and despair.

Reading this devotion has brought a comforting reminder on more than one occasion when I felt confused or baffled. Looking in the rearview, these troubling attacks almost always come just before increase in my life of some kind.  Satan has an uncanny knack for knowing when a Christian is developing and moving to a higher level in his or her walk with the Lord.  So try to remember that in these moments, it is that much more necessary to not conform to the world but be transformed by it.  When Satan increases the attack,  we should redouble all efforts to increase our walk with Jesus.


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