To be perfectly honest, not that I am in the habit of lying, I have been under enormous spiritual attack this week. I have faced the enemy on more fronts this last 10 days or so than I have in the past six months. That is encouraging!
I can see some eyebrows going up at that last statement, but yes… I am encouraged. The enemy of our souls attacks when he is threatened. And as we edify, rebuke, and exhort as we teach systematically through the Word of God he has reason to feel threatened.
I remember a southern preacher telling me once that, “If you aren’t doing anything for the Lord the Devil won’t bother you. He already has you where he wants you.” There is a lot of truth to that. How do we keep our enemy on his toes (so to speak)?
- Memorize the Word of God (Psalm 119:9 - 11)
- Submit to the teaching of the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16 - 17)
- Resist the enemy and his temptations (James 4:7)
- Abide in the Vine, The Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:1 - 5)
To be sure, this is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good start. One last thing in closing:
The first century church thrived under satanic attack.
The reformation church expanded under satanic attack.
Our churches will prosper under satanic attack.
It is my prayer that our churches stay under attack. It is then that we are making the enemy sweat as we do the job we are called to do.