Winning the War in 2024

Winning the War in 2024

Mckinley Pate

Here we are in the new calendar year, which means we are in a new yearly theme here at the Rabun County church of Christ.  This year during the worship hour on Sunday mornings we will be looking at the theme of “Winning the War in 2024.”  Sometimes we think that Christianity is all rainbows and butterflies, and that Satan is a someone who can’t have any influence over us any longer.  However, that could not be further from the truth.  When a person is outside of Christ, Satan doesn’t even look their way.  Why?  Because he has them exactly where he wants them – lost.  But once one puts Christ on in baptism (Galatians 3:26-27) and becomes a Christian, Satan is after them daily.  This means that we are always in a battle with him and his army.  You recall that even Jesus had battles with Satan.  Early on in Jesus’ ministry, Satan appeared and tried to get Him to worship him and do his bidding.  If you study Matthew chapter 4 closely, you will see that Satan tempted Jesus with the lust of the flesh (Matthew 4:3); the lust of the eyes (Matthew 4:8-9) and the pride of life (Matthew 4:6).  However, Jesus did not give in to any of those temptations.  If Satan tempted Jesus, he will tempt us as well.  John writes “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16.  This year we plan on spending some time studying about who our adversary, the Devil (2 Peter 5:8) is and looking at the Bible to see how we can defeat him and draw closer to God.  Lord willing, we will have several series throughout the year such as “The armor of God” from Ephesians chapter 6.  In that series we will break down each piece of the armor every Sunday and dive deep to discover the importance of that particular piece.  We will also look at Satan’s influence on mankind in the Garden of Eden and many more subjects.  Please accept this as your official invitation to join us this Sunday at the Rabun County church of Christ as we look at “Winning the War in 2024.”  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the church office or come by and see me at the building, Chick-fil-a on Tuesday mornings at 8, or at Ingles on Wednesdays at 12:30.  Remember the words of the Apostle Paul – “The churches of Christ greet you,” Romans 16:16.

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