Soldiers Telling War Stories
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’ He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’” (Luke 10:17-18, NIV)
Telling stories is an integral part of manhood and serves a vital role in males’ rites of passage. Men have gathered around the fire and told stories for thousands of years. These stories often deal with their struggles or battles in the major arenas of life (marriage, children, sex, money, work, hobbies, religion, and politics). They use these stories to recount detailed descriptions of their struggle, acts of sacrifice, courage, conquest, sorrows, and the agony of defeat.
In the verses above, we see Jesus and the disciples telling stories of the “Great Spiritual War.” Scripture tells us the disciples were filled with joy as they told of their success in casting out demons. With 72 disciples, the storytelling must have gone on for hours. I can only imagine the sense of wonder and excitement that they felt hearing each other’s story of attack and victory as they cast out demons. Each story proved that God’s Word, faith and righteousness will defeat sin and evil. Their stories must have served to build their courage and confidence in their mission. After listening to their stories, Jesus shared the ultimate war story and recounted the day, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Can you imagine the look on their faces as Jesus relates the details of God casting Satan (Lucifer, Son of the morning, see Isaiah 14:12), fallen angel, liar, accuser, and father of demons, out of heaven?
Jesus has given us power, dominion, and authority. He gave us victory on the cross and covered us with His blood. We have His armor and His Word. Are you using them to confront Satan, demonic spirits and win battles? Do you have any war stories? If not, I encourage you to get busy and join the battle. Soon, you will have your own stories to share and encourage other men.
Lord, thank you for sharing the most!important story of all time – the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. I find confidence. hope, and courage in your Word. Give me boldness to face Satan knowing that with you I win every battle every time. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.