Satan is not out to get you to follow him; he's out to get you to ignore him. When we spiritually zone out, doze off, fall asleep, we are forgetting that we are in the middle of a war — and Satan loves it this way! He loves to convince people he doesn't exist. But, as we learn from Jim Cymbala in Spiritual Warfare is Real, Satan is real. He is an actual enemy of our soul. He is waging a real war against us. And we need to wake up and get in the fight. If we fail to do this, we do so at our own peril.
Every Christian needs to study the tactics and ways of Satan and learn how to stand strong against him and his demonic workers. If we bury our head in the sand, we just become a big target. Ignoring the enemy never makes him go away. Being afraid is natural but turning to run away just exposes our back. What we need to do is stand in the supernatural name of the resurrected Jesus Christ and fight back in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In this time of diminishing faith and broken trust in people and institutions, Satan is having a party! He knows one of the best ways to attack Christians is to dismantle their faith. Satan will try to get us to question our faith in God’s power, presence, and grace. We need to be ready to fight back and strengthen our faith in the God who never changes teams, who never tells a lie, and who is never unfaithful.
The devil is in a full-court press against love. As followers of Jesus, we must recognize his strategy and join our heavenly Father in loving others the way he does. This is war! If Satan can get followers of Jesus to stop loving each other and our world, he will have a major victory. It is time for Christians to live in ways that lift up love as the standard for all we are and all we do.
Too often Christians don’t realize they have a ministry that is blessed and led by the Spirit of God. Our spiritual enemy is in the business of getting Christians to deny their calling, ignore their gifting, and refuse to serve in the name of Jesus. We need to recognize when Satan is attacking our calling. We must refuse to buy his lies.
Satan, the enemy of our soul, wants to cripple us, steal God’s power from us, and attack the divine power supply we all need. The devil wants us weak, incapacitated, and disconnected from the staggering power of the Holy Spirit. He knows that when we are plugged into the power of heaven, everything on earth changes and his power is shut down!