Every victor in war had one common thread- they advanced enemy lines at some point in their war. In fact, both combatants had similar strategies at some point. One was victorious, the other defeated. But nevertheless, advancing enemy lines was necessary to gain ground.
Every war has opposing forces. In the Christian life, these two opposing forces are good and evil- God and Satan. God is good. He stands for purity, honesty, integrity, love, joy, peace, holiness, justice, just to name a few. Satan is evil. He stands for impurity, deceitfulness, hate, misery, unholiness, injustice, sinfulness, and much more. I don’t think that I have stated anything unfamiliar to most. But, here’s the problem.
We as Christians tend to be very reactive. We wait for others to come to us. We help. We love. We encourage. We disciple. This is good, but we can do more. We need to be proactive. Being proactive is finding others where they are, usually behind enemy lines. Being reactive is not enough.
Satan constantly advances our lines. His ways know no boundaries. He constantly attempts to disrupt our churches, our leaders, and us. If he can disrupt a God fearing family, he will! He will tempt you. He will try to lure you into compromising situations. He will attack you when you’re down, weak, and at your lowest point. I believe his strategy is full-on attack mode.
Ephesians 6: 10-18 talks about the ‘Armour of God.’ God included this into the Bible so we would know how to protect ourselves from Satan’s attacks. Out of all the armour listed in this passage, the one weapon we have, and is all we need, is the sword of the Spirit- God’s Word, the Bible. We need to go out and preach the Word. Advance the enemy’s lines. Share the Gospel. Pray for others. Use every available tool that God has given us to accomplish His will!
There are many that will claim to be a follower of Christ by words only. We need to put action to those words. Jesus spoke about this. (Matthew 7:13-14: Matthew 7:21-23). We are never promised a problem free life. In fact, we are told to expect trials and tribulations living out a life for Christ. But, we have eternal rewards when faithful to His will!
Our enemy constantly tries to advance. This will not stop until Jesus returns in all His glory. Our job is to put on the armour of God. Preach the Word. Love others. Encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ. And band together! Go to those enemy lines! Find your strength in Christ and reach the lost.(2 Timothy 1:7) Don’t show up on judgment day with armour that has never been used!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.