We’ve heard at one time or another of generational sins – the sins we commit being adopted by the generations to follow. This past weekend I watched Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Though I don’t agree with their train of thinking…I can see how some of it relates to the spiritual warfare that we as Christians face on a regular basis. Rick Radcliffe even made mention of “the demon in my life” in his testimony he shared with us this past week. The band Skillet sings the song Monster…lyrics state, “I must confess that I feel like a monster.” Link to Full Lyrics; Link to Music Video
Let me ask each of us this…what secret “demons,” “monsters” do you keep caged up / just beneath the surface in your own lives? Have you become arrogant enough to believe that your children or grandchildren won’t one day pick up on the same struggles you’ve been facing for years? Satan is powerful and very observant. You might try to fool him or defeat him and his strategies on your own, but you’ll fail every time. You must lean into the Lord and allow Him to conquer the enemy as He’s already done time and time again, and will always do.
James 4:6-8 (NLT) And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Fear doesn’t come from God. He didn’t intend for His creation to be a people who are afraid, but rather a people who trust in Him. But nonetheless, He can and will defeat your fears if you allow Him to…just hand them over and enjoy triumph/victory in Him.
1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
 [Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story] English Transcripts
(12) SIFU: Kung fu is more than a system of fighting.
(13) It's a system of thought.
(14) You must out-think your opponent, whatever form he takes,
(15) because some of them will be more than just men.
(16) BRUCE: What else could it be, sifu?
(17) SIFU: We all have inner demons to fight.
(18) We call these demons fear and hatred and anger.
(19) If you don't conquer them, then a life of a hundred years
(20) is a tragedy.
(21) If you do, a life of a single day
(22) can be a triumph.
(1162) BRUCE: It comes, it goes.
(1163) SIFU: In your dream?
(1164) BRUCE: No, I'm always awake. It's not a dream, sifu.
(1165) When your father first brought you here, he told me everything.
(1166) He wanted you to learn wing chun
(1167) to protect yourself against man
(1168) and other forces.
(1169) I thought that was all superstition.
(1170) Superstition is a name the ignorant give to their ignorance.
(1171) You were special then, and you're special now.
(1172) That's why the demon wants you.
(1173) (REPLACING SWORD IN SHEATH)
(1174) We have spent a lot of time together, preparing you for this.
(1175) Good. Good.
(1176) (CHUCKLING) Very good.
(1177) What if I won't fight him?
(1178) You have no choice.
(1179) You're fighting for more than yourself.
(1180) What are you saying, sifu?
(1181) As I told you, this demon is your inner fear.
(1182) It doesn't matter how many men you defeat.
(1183) If you don't conquer your own fears,
(1184) you will pass your demons on to your children,
(1185) as your father passed his on to you.
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Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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