As long as you aren’t a threat to him, the devil will generally leave you alone. But the moment you decide to live out your faith, the fight is on.
For example, the moment you start reading your Bible consistently is the moment you face a trial or temptation. Or the moment you start sharing your faith with your friends or expose a lie that they are tempted to believe is usually the moment you face persecution or discouragement. Unfortunately, after we experience his attacks a few times, many of us second-guess living for Jesus. We tend to want to shrink back and not stand out. We keep to ourselves and try to keep our heads down and do life.
Why? Because no sane person enjoys being attacked or beat up. We want life to be fun, not filled with battles and hardships. Don’t get me wrong, it can suck to do what’s unpopular or counter-cultural, but we have to remember that this is what it means to love and serve Jesus.
Jesus actually promises that we will face horrible stuff when we live for Him. In John 16:33, He says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (NLT). Notice He didn’t say, “You might have trials,” but “you will have trials.” While this doesn’t sound fun, what we must realize is that the easy, comfortable, no-threat-to-the-enemy way of life is a wasted life.
A life that doesn’t leave a legacy of battles that we fought and won, a life that never enters the arena but stays in the stands, isn’t really a life worth living. We’ve been called to fight the good fight, to take ground for Jesus, to fight for the souls of man. We’ve been called to live a life on the offense, taking back what the devil hijacks, not just living in comfort and ease. Christ has asked us to enter the dark places of this world and shine bright for Him. Is it easy? Heck no! But is it worth it? Always! When we live in such a way that causes the devil to feel threatened or scared, we can go to bed at night, no matter what circumstances we’re in, knowing that we are making a difference.
So, don’t waste your life not living for Christ because you’re afraid of the devil’s attack. Know that a life lived for Christ is always worth the fight, and you have the greatest warrior fighting with you—His name is Jesus.
“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”
– Ephesians 5:11
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