Author: Yolanda Watt | Student, Living Education – Charlotte, 2021-22
Estimated Reading Time: 3 min.
In a recent assembly, Dr. Douglas Winnail told the Living Education students that in our world, behind the scenes, there is an ongoing war.
He stated that there are a lot of ideas floating around, such as the idea that the Bible is outdated and the idea that God is not relevant. He warned the students that we need to be careful not to get caught up in these ideas and beliefs.
Thirty percent of young people are turned off by religion. It is very easy to do what is right and expected of us when we are in the Living Education program, but Dr. Winnail challenged the students, “What is going to happen to you when you go out there?” There is a spiritual war being fought, and we need to understand what it is in order to defend against it. Dr. Winnail offered the students some scriptures to assist us in our understanding of the following topics.
The War is Spiritual
Isaiah 14:12–14 Satan rebelled against God.
Revelation 12 Michael and his angels will fight a war in heaven against the dragon and his angels.
Revelation 13:7 The Satan-inspired beast will wage war against the saints.
Ephesians 6:12 We wrestle against evil spirits in high places.
Why the War?
John 6:44 Only those who are called understand the mystery of God’s plan.
1 Corinthians 1:2 Those in the Church are called to be saints.
Daniel 7:27 God’s Kingdom will be given to the saints of the Most High.
Revelation 5:10 The saints will reign in the Kingdom of God as kings and priests.
Revelation 20:1–6 Satan will be bound and will be replaced by the saints in the Kingdom of God.
Know Your Enemy
2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan is the god of this world.
Ephesians 2:2 Satan is the prince of the power of the air and influences our thoughts and actions.
2 Corinthians 11:4–15 False teachers spread Satan’s false ideas.
2 Peter 3:3 In the last days, scoffers will promote false ideas.
Prepare to Fight
Ephesians 6:10–18 We are to put on the spiritual armor of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 We must prove all things and hold fast to the truth.
Jude 3 We are to earnestly contend for the true faith.
1 Timothy 1:12 We are to fight the good fight of faith for eternal life.
Matthew 24:13 We must endure to the end to be saved.
There are many who ridicule God and the Bible, and Dr. Winnail reminded the students that the ideas being promoted are not new. There are lessons that we have to learn from this spiritual war. Our choices build character, and we must choose God’s way even though we live in Satan’s world. If we choose God, our ultimate rewards will be greater than we can imagine.