We were driving west on the M62 just a few weeks ago and were behind a lorry that repeatedly swerved on to the hard shoulder. It was obvious the driver was either tired or very distracted. (As we overtook him he was texting!)
It brought home to me afresh how dangerous it is to be unaware of our surroundings, not of course just in driving but in life’s journey.
This incident, along with hearing that so many of our Christian friends across the world had come under serious attack in 2015, set off alarm bells.
The Bible tells us to be alert, on guard, watchful and vigilant. Why? Because we have an enemy.
We Christians have an all powerful, all victorious and conquering God but we also have an adversary, an enemy. He comes, the Bible warns us, to blind our eyes, to steal Gods word from our hearts, to accuse, murder, steal, kill and destroy, to tempt us and lay sickness on us.
1 Corinthians 2.14-15 talks of the man of the Spirit being ‘discerning’, seeing clearly, having insight into what is actually happening in the spiritual realm around us.
2 Corinthians 2.11 says, ‘We are not ignorant of his (the devils) schemes.’
Yet I believe we often are ignorant, unaware, not discerning of his activities.
‘Recognise that your demonic enemies are behind much of what comes against you to harm you.’ SFLB
One of the devils ploys when we are under attack is to persuade us that this is life, hereditary, age, our fault, par for the course and we are blind to the real cause, do nothing and accept it!
In the story of David and Goliath, King Saul and all his army did nothing about the daily threats from Goliath yet were ‘dismayed and terrified’.
It took the young shepherd boy David to come into camp, hear these threats and get indignant!
‘Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God.’
David knew who he was and probably more importantly, whose he was. He also understood where this attack was coming from.
Just like David we need to get indignant for ourselves but also for the church family. How dare the enemy lay sickness, cancer, poverty, discord, depression, stress and anxiety on us! How dare he seek to steal our children and our grandchildren away from Jesus!
As David actually faced up to the giant enemy, his words are a pattern for all of us who face ‘giants’ in our lives.
‘You come against me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defied…….The battle is the Lords.’
We have an authority to deal with such attacks, not in our own strength but in Jesus.
In Ephesians 1, Paul prays that ‘we may know His incomparably great power for us who believe…like the working of His mighty strength when He raised Christ from the dead…And seated Him far above all rule, authority, power and dominion.’
As well as resisting satan, chief among the weapons God has given us is worship and praise. They enthrone God to deal directly with the enemy giants in our lives. Our God is a warrior!
Be alert, get indignant, know who we are in Jesus and whose we are and the incomparably great power invested in us who believe.
‘No in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.’