As Christians, we should expect Satan to try his best to thwart our influence in the world. Why?
God tells us in His word that satan (yes, little s!) will not only tempt us but attempt to steal, kill, and destroy us.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.
When we walk closely with the Lord, we impact the world by sharing God’s love (or, at least we should). Satan wants to eliminate our influence for Christ.
So, who’s not a target?
- Luke-warm believers who make no impression for Christ upon the world.
I once heard a Christian speaker say,
If you have few trials in your life, that’s a sign that you’re no threat to the evil one.
That statement hit me between the eyes. It disturbed me because we were experiencing few trials. It was a time of blessings in many areas. Life was really, really good.
What little I was doing to share Jesus during our busy days with young children…was it effective…was it enough…was I even making a difference? Do you ever ask yourself that question?
On the flip side, what do we do when we are hugely involved in ministry and satan attacks at every turn?
Are we to end our ministry – our areas of influence for Christ – for life to be smooth again?
No! Don’t let satan have his way! Forge ahead. You don’t want to miss out on the blessings God has in store for you.
You may think I’m crazy, but after hearing that question, I didn’t want to be left alone by satan. Not that I like spiritual battles, but I wanted to positively influence others toward God. I began praying, not for trouble from satan, but for God to open my eyes to new areas of influence for me and our family. Guess what? He answered. He increased. He blessed.
Did more trials come? Eventually. We should enjoy the good times, be thankful for them, as well as times of trial. While enjoying God’s gift of blessed days, let us examine ourselves, serve the Lord, and prayerfully prepare for trials ahead.
It’s a spectacular Fall Sunday, y’all. Let’s worship the Lord with gladness!