"But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” (John 5:17)
God and Jesus and the Spirit are always working. We know this. But we forget that satan is always working too.
I'm not equating satan with Jesus, but I'm reminding us that satan is restless, relentless, and remorseless.
Satan prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8).
Satan roams the earth (Job 1:7).
Satan schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Satan blinds. (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Satan sifts. (Luke 22:31).
Satan deceives. (2 Corinthians 11:3)
I have recently published a review of Rend Collective Experiment's music, a contemporary music-worship band. Some contemporary music sung in church as praise music is theologically OK, much of it is not. I've been concerned with the appearance of theologically weak adult contemporary music and its rapid embeddedness into worship. I'm also concerned of course with the outright biblically aberrant adult contemporary music.
However, where we think satan has been resisted successfully in one area, he appears in another. Like children's music.
Thank the Lord we are in a body and working as a unit, each of us operating in the gifts He has given us. I read a very good essay by Tom Chantry this morning about the theology of some children's music sung in church.
It’s Sunday Morning; Do You Know What Your Children Are Singing?
Here is an excerpt. I recommend reading the full essay at Mr Chantry's blog
I am no advocate of the full-throttle family-integrated approach, but I have been concerned by what is now the well-established trend of separate worship for kids. Parents accept the idea that children’s ministries do a better job than church of introducing their kids to Jesus. What they fail to ask themselves is just who this “Jesus” is that their kids will meet.
His essay is a good reminder to me that there is no sphere satan will overlook in his attempts to weaken the Bride. He even attacks children! So let us remember that we work too. It is a never-ending work in which we are not to become weary. We're not only working, but we are in a battle. Keep up your sword! If your arms become weary, let another help you lift them! (Exodus 17:12). We can do it until He comes!
We resist satan. (James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:9)
We humble ourselves. (1 Peter 5:6)
We obey. (Colossians 3:22)
We fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Timothy 6:12)
We wrestle. (Ephesians 6:12).
"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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints..."
And it might do to take a look at the lyrics of the songs your children are singing in your church. The controversy surrounding Steven Furtick and Elevation Church's children's ministry, his cult-like exhortations in his church's children's coloring book, is even more evidence that satan will not overlook children's ministries in order to do his hellish work.
But if we resist the devil, he will flee from us, and the Light of Jesus's glory will shine so brightly! May all that we do be for Your glory, Jesus, now and forever.
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