(Ephesians 6:11-17, 1 John 4:4)
Satan will attack where it hurts you the most. Breaking news! Satan
doesn't play fair! Like many boys growing up, I used to watch "professional
wrestling." This was before Vince McMahon and the highly polished and
produced sports entertainment of today. In the old days of Bobo Brazil,
Gorgeous George, and the pioneers of wrestling, they had what was called a
"lights out " match. After the last match they would blink the lights and
the two combatants would fight without rules. There were no holds barred,
anything was OK, it was simply a fight until one person was left standing.
That is EXACTLY what fighting satan is like, no rules, no holds barred,
anything goes. He will fight dirty, he will attack you where you hurt the
most in his attempt to destroy you. Make no mistake about it, his goal is
to destroy you!!! Jesus told us in John Chapter 10 that the stated goal of
the enemy is to "kill, steal, and destroy." His number one objective is to
take out those who serve Jesus. If you know the Lord as your Savior by
faith, satan can't have your soul but he can do his best to kill you, steal
your testimony, and destroy your ability to serve the Lord!
Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few." The
biggest reason why there are not more laborers is the voracious and never-
ending attacks of satan. Most people simply can't handle a confrontation
and don't want to be exposed to the relentless and never-ending attacks in
their life. I understand that. The vast majority who do serve, do so from
a distance or from what I call "behind the wall." Most churches and
ministries are fighting "behind the wall" which affords them security and
protection from many of satan's attacks. The problem with fighting "behind
the wall" is that you can only do so much. The real battles to be fought
and won are outside that wall.
Let me make this real easy to understand. Have you ever wondered why today
we have more churches, more Christian TV stations and programs, more
Christian radio stations and programs, more Christian books and magazines,
more Christian music, more ministries of every kind, yet at the same time we
have a world that is more lost and depraved than ever.
We have the better percentage of two-full generations who have never even
been to church. We have a nation and world that for the most part has
rejected God, rejected His Word as Truth, and rejected His Son. Quite a
paradox isn't it? The explanation? Most who serve God are serving Him in
the safety and comfort "behind the wall" and are simply limited in what they
Listen, I fully understand. Life is a challenge just dealing with the
day-to-day issues we all have to face. Health problems, relationship
issues, school or our job, financial difficulties, raising children, people
we love who die, not to mention the weaknesses and bondages everyone of us
has to confront at times. On top of that we all have to find our own
personal relationship with the Lord, make time to pray, read and study His
Word, and be involved in our local church. Additionally, we all have gifts
and talents God has given us to fulfill our purpose in life to serve Him.
So as we try to allow God to use our life and serve Him, along comes satan
and his attacks. He sees someone serving God and they become a target.
When you make the choice to serve God not only do you get a bulls-eye pasted
on your back, you now have a very real adversary who will do everything to
discourage you and make your life miserable. Satan becomes like the wicked
witch in the "Wizard of Oz" going after Dorothy with everything she had. So
it is no wonder most people simply don't have the stomach or will to serve
God knowing that they have to battle satan each step of the way.
When I was being released from Federal Prison in 1992, my wife and I had
nothing left. Everything we had went to lawyers and for her to live on the
31 months I was incarcerated. God opened the door for me when I was
released to work at TV38 in Chicago and start preaching in area churches,
sharing my testimony and holding evangelistic meetings. At this time, I had
the opportunity to go back into the business world. It would have been easy
to justify going back into that world. I had nothing left and needed to
survive, so it made sense to take that option even for a while to "get back
on my feet."
However, that was NOT where God wanted me. He wanted me serving Him full
time. Despite the opportunity to make mid-6 figures again, I chose to trust
God to provide. It was a huge transition from living on the 62nd floor of
Lake Point Tower on Navy Pier in downtown Chicago to a tiny one-bedroom
apartment in a dangerous part of the city. I had my own car since I was 16,
but for the first 6 months had to get back and forth to the television
station and to preach by using the trains and buses.
I'll never forget on a very cold February morning while waiting for the bus,
satan came to have a chat with me. I was used to him coming after me as I
was waiting for the bus or train. I would see a nice car and satan would
remind me that I could be back in a nice car in just a few hours if I would
go back to the business world.
That morning he told me that even though I made the noble choice to serve
God, if I really loved my wife I would go back into the business world for a
year or so for her. After all, she had been through so much herself, stuck
by me through all of the legal problems and 31 months of prison, she didn't
deserve to live like we were. He told me God would understand since I was
responsible for her care and provision and I would be honoring my role as
Never forget, satan is the great justifier. All he said sounded right.
Then the Holy Spirit started to speak to me and remind me satan is a LIAR!
All of a sudden I realized how dirty, how low, how nasty satan was. He knew
I was committed to serving the Lord so he tried to use my wife to get me to
leave the ministry and go back into the business world. My friend, satan
will always attack you where he can hurt you the most!
I love you and care about you so much. Is satan a very real enemy? Yes!
Is satan going to attack you for serving the Lord? Yes! However, God
already knew this. That is why we have the full armor of God spoken of in
Ephesians 6. That is why we have the abiding power and presence of the Holy
Sprit within us. That is why God promised us in 1 John 4:4 that "greater is
He that is within us (the Holy Sprit) than he (satan) that is in the world."
We don't have to fear the attacks of satan, just expect them and know they
are part of the price of serving the Lord.
Know in advance satan is coming after anyone who serves the Lord. Fear not
because he is a defeated foe, a toothless lion who can roar but not bite.
God has promised you victory over your enemies and that includes satan.
Don't let the attacks of satan keep you from fulfilling your purpose in this
life which is to serve the Lord. There is NOTHING that satan can do to you
unless you allow him to. Going back to the "Wizard of Oz." Dorothy lived
in fear of the witch when all the time she had the power of the ruby
slippers to give her victory over that wicked witch. You have the power of
the Holy Spirit that gives you victory over satan!
So live your live without fear, knowing that God is by your side to protect
you and help you withstand the attacks of the evil one while you faithfully
serve Him. It is time for those who are serving the Lord to leave the
safety of the "wall" and attack! WE ARE THE VICTORS! VICTORY HAS ALREADY
BEEN WON! WHY ARE WE HIDING BEHIND A WALL WHEN WE ALREADY KNOW WE HAVE WON!
It is time for the children of God to take back the territory we have given
away and get serious about battling with satan for the souls of men. He is
going to attack us anyway so why wait, let's attack him first!!! I can only
speak for myself but I am not interested in sitting in the comfort and
safety behind the "wall." Time is short, the real battles that need to be
fought and won are outside the "wall."
Eigtheen years ago I made my choice to serve God and I have not backed down
or retreated one inch, but have steadily pressed forward. I already know
Satan will attack where it hurts the most, I am prepared for that. Rather
than sit back and wait for his attacks, I am going to attack him first where
it hurts him the most, and that is snatching souls off the conveyor belt to
hell and redirecting them to Heaven!