18th March 2020

The Unseen Enemy

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

Corona Virus had prompted a lively discussion in the Post Office queue, ‘it was manic in the supermarket’ exclaimed one person as he clutched his stack of toilet rolls. ‘We survived the blitz!’ said one young man who had only ever heard of the blitz. Everyone smiled at the irony and confidence expressed. An older lady replied, ‘yes but this is an unseen enemy.’ Everyone concurred with this latter statement. The sinister factor of this nasty virus is that we cannot see it, smell it, hear it – but we can inadvertently touch it. It is the unseen enemy – waiting to strike the vulnerable.

Sin occurs when we see, smell, hear, touch – and think! As Christians, we know that there is an unseen spiritual enemy waiting to strike at the vulnerable—that is, those who entertain the source of evil. 1 John 3:8 says “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”

There is an old Persian adage that states ‘this too will pass’, and we know that eventually the Covid-19 virus will recede and become history. As with the Corona virus we cannot live in fear. Jesus Christ has dispelled fear, as we read in 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Strict hand hygiene is crucial when avoiding the Corona virus – Jesus Christ has washed us clean 1 John 1:7 reads, “but if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

The day will come by God’s grace, that all viruses will be history and the evil one will be no more. We have no need to fear the unseen enemy—just be vigilant and aware that he is around temporarily, as is Corona. Let us do our part physically and spiritually by striving for the utmost cleanliness in heart and hands.

Prayer
Loving Father, we look to you for our protection from all that is evil in this world and pray for your kingdom to come to end the suffering that we have engendered through sin.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church