“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us” ( Romans 8:37).
Wherever there is the work of the Lord the enemy is not pleased. In fact one way to determine if God is involved in any work is it to gauge the level of attack from the enemy. While it should not be the desire for any believer to court trouble, the fact is the existence of such is one proof of being on right course.
Because he knows its power and effects the enemy will always try to frustrate God’s work through all kinds of schemes. Sometimes it is direct opposition, such as was common in the ministry of Paul. “Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked…I have been in danger … from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers ( I Cor 11: 24-27). At other times the enemy will physically attack one’s health as happened to Job. “Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life” ( Job 2:4).
A church might be growing in numbers of those who have given their lives to Christ only for it to be torn apart with dissensions. A good Christian business person may be progressing and using his profits to support God’s work only for tax authorities to impose false claims. A Godly leader might be building up a team to serve effectively only for his job to be threatened through false accusations.
One thing we need know when faced with troubles it is not only a sign we are on course, but the fact is God is on our side and far greater than all the forces against us. We should be comforted by his rich word: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” ( John 16:33).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as long as we are doing your work the enemy will bring trouble but what a comfort to know that with you we have already overcome and may we have peace and assurance in that knowledge, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
Related upcoming events
03/03/2024 - 04/03/2024 All day
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!