"The gospel is the power of God for salvation. And our enemies are the Devil, the world, and the flesh.

The Devil is opposed to God and all that is good, right, and perfect. He pretends to have our interests in mind, but he is dead set on destroying us.

The world is the place where the rule and reign of the Devil is expressed and experienced (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17). Satan is called the god of this world, referring to his evil reign of darkness and destruction. In this case, the world is everything that stands against the rule and reign of God.

The flesh is that part of us that orients itself to self-worship and self-dependency. It intends to keep us from doing God’s will. Like Satan and the world, the flesh is opposed to God.

Those who belong to Christ have been set free and given power to overcome the flesh by setting their minds on the Spirit, whose job it is to bring the truths of Jesus and the victory of Jesus to bear on the spiritual battle we are facing (Romans 8:1-6). That doesn’t mean that we don’t battle the flesh, which is our old nature. It just means that we are no longer in the flesh. We are no longer the old person we once were.” (Excerpts taken from Jeff Vanderstelt in Gospel Fluency)

Pastor Roy Holmquist

* Extracted from our October 22nd, 2017 Sunday Worship Bulletin.