The news alarmed me. As I was talking with a family member over the phone, this individual told me that some “computer technician” had taken over their computer screen to install some updates. With a few questions, I realized that a scammer had convinced my loved one to turn over access to do who knows what with the family’s personal information. As I urged them to unplug the computer promptly, I then began to make a list of all the things we would have to do to see how much damage had been done and how many items needed to be watched.
While it wasn’t a physical invasion of the home, it was an invasion nonetheless. It is rather frightening to think that danger could be lurking around you that you can’t even see with your eyes. Even if it isn’t a threat you can see, it is still a threat.
Even more dangerous than a physical intruder or a digital hacker are spiritual forces who desire to take you out.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12
Our greatest dangers are not the ones we can see. There is a battle raging all around us, even if we live our lives seemingly unaware. God has a preferred path for your life, and the devil and all his forces will do whatever it takes to lure you off in another direction.
Spiritual warfare is real, even if we don’t talk about it a lot. Just because you can’t see the danger doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
That’s why it is important to know what the fight is as you take up arms in it. You don’t bring a stick to a gunfight, and you need to know who is opposing you if you are going to survive.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8
The Entrust Conference – Spiritual Warfare
North Greenville University is hosting the Entrust Conference in partnership with the Entrust Institute and Rocky Creek. The topic of this year’s conference is Spiritual Warfare. Dr. Chuck Lawless will lead the weekend for any individual wanting to go deeper into this topic or any student desiring course credit (CM 5006 – Angelology and Spiritual Warfare).
This conference will create a biblical framework for understanding the reality of Satan’s ongoing assault on humankind. We will offer practical insights into some of the enemy’s most common attacks on believers and strategies for how we might stand against his onslaught. We pray it will help you live in victory, confident that Satan is an enemy who has already been defeated.
Chuck Lawless is Dean of Doctoral Studies and Vice-President of Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he also serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions. In addition, he is Team Leader for Theological Education Strategists for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
A conference leader and author of several books, including Discipled Warriors, Putting on the Armor, Mentor, Nobodies for Jesus, and Spiritual Warfare in the Storyline of Scripture (co-authored), Dr. Lawless has a strong interest in discipleship and mentoring.