The British controlled the Colonies and became more forceful as Colonists expressed desire for
independence. Soon the British Parliament would enact Coercive Acts designed to turn the colonists back to Britain. Among these were 1) The Impartial Administration of Justice Act which allowed Colonial Royal Governors to move trials to different Colonies or to England if he thought the jury would not be fair. 2) The Massachusetts Bay Regulatory Act. This decree made law officers subject to appointment by Royal Governor and banned all town meetings not approved by Royal Governor. 3) Boston Port Act. This law closed the Port of Boston until price of dumped tea was recovered and moved capital to Salem. 4) The Quartering Act. This allowed for royal troops to stay in homes of empty buildings if barracks not available.
These oppressive laws were the proverbial straws and the Colonist had enough and rebelled for independence. Soon a “Civil War” for independence broke out but became more as the Hessians fought alongside British troops and the French eventually supplied arms to the Colonial Rebels. We know how this ended.
Today as Christians we are still at war, not a physical war, but at war spiritually (Eph 6:12). Our fight is with
Satan and his forces, his message, his plans, his workers, his control. We must break free from Satan’s control. “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. . . . But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” (Rom 6:6-8, 17-18). We are set free by Christ’s death and life (Rom 5:7-10). We must not return to bondage. We must refuse to let Satan ruin our lives (Eph 4:27).
We must fight to resist the Devil so he will fun from us (Jas 4:7). Resist is a military term meaning, “Hold your ground!” Remember ALL is at stake in our “stand” against Satan. The issue is life or death (possibly physically and definitely spiritually). When we battle Satan there is no armistice or terms of peace available with him.
To fight Satan we must stand strong (cf. Eph 6:10-14; 2Ti 2:1-4). Like the Minute Men of the Colonies the standing Militia of the day, we must train for our fight. We train for our fight with Satan and his forces by knowing God’s word. We can learn from experienced soldiers (Christians who succeed). We fight enduring until the end (1Co 15:58).
Will You Be Free? “If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed!”