Are We a Threat?
I have often heard it said, and I am sure you have too, that as believers, our lives should look different from those who have not put their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. This is in fact the heart behind the majority of the teachings of Jesus and the apostles Paul, Peter, James, and John, each of whom exhort believers to live from a place of Godly love, putting aside any desires of the world that can hinder us and our walk with the Lord, so that we may point others to the Father. We know and desire this as sincere Christ followers, yet we can still struggle from the perspective of “looking” much different in this world from those who do not believe. While the reminder from scripture and the pulpit to behave and “look” differently is certainly convicting, perhaps a more convicting question for us believers to ponder is, “Are we living our lives in such a way that we are a threat to the enemy?” God has placed this question on my heart recently, and it has been a very convicting lens with which to view my day and my plans. This question should be extremely convicting for all believers and I hope pierces any spirit of comfort, any spirit of fear, and/or any spirit of complacency hiding within you as well.
We are told in scripture that satan is the prince/ruler of this world (the enemy of God) exerting demonic control and influence over it, for a season, until Christ’s second coming (John 14:30, Ephesians 6:12, Revelation 19:20, 20:10). We are also told in scripture that when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we are adopted as God’s sons and daughters and become His heirs in His kingdom (Galatians 4:4-6, 3:26-29). As believers, we generally know this, but did you know that Jesus taught in John 8 that those who do not follow His teachings and believe He is the only way to the Father, are believing and following the prince of this world, satan, and hence, he is their father? Jesus further explained that the sole mission of satan is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Peter describes satan as a “roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). If these things are true, than we, as believers, are a threat to satan by our very existence because of the One whom we follow and obey. Because we do not belong to him, satan, AND we have been commissioned by Jesus to make more God/Christ followers in this world (the “great commission”), we are a threat to satan and his dominion! HOWEVER, the way I see a vast majority of christians living their lives, they are posing NO THREAT at all, including myself when I choose my way over God’s will and desires.
Our lives, actions and words should be tremendously threatening to satan and his plans and schemes; however, many believers have succumbed to satan’s lies about the importance of keeping their faith to themselves and seeking a quiet, peaceful and comfortable christian life enjoying God’s blessings. When we as believers do not speak up about our faith and accept the lie that “abundant life” in Christ is simply about enjoying the material blessings of God and good health, then we are actually helping satan keep the vast majority of this world in the dark! For this we should be ashamed and convicted to our very core! We are called to be salt and light in this world and that is accomplished from our words and actions promoting the fame of our Lord, Jesus Christ. When we cower to the enemy and fall for his lies, we are no threat at all to his plans.
Jesus’ disciples learned a very important lesson in Luke 10:17 that even the demons were subject to them in His name! This is a lesson we all need to learn as well and begin exercising our power and authority over satan, the prince of this world, to do the will of our Father in heaven. Any spirit of comfort, fear or complacency (or any other tool of the enemy) within us needs to brought into subjection to the Lord. Peter and Paul both exhort believers to be courageous in the Lord and take a stand against satan (Ephesians 6:13, 1 Peter 5:9). We would do well to heed these words and teachings of these who lived lessons of faith and overcome satan and his evil plans to keep them quiet. Unfortunately, satan has convinced many that they are subject to his plans and schemes and have no authority or ability to stand up against him at all. He does this very effectively by keeping believers (and nonbelievers) consumed with themselves and their lives which can render them completely ineffective as witnesses for their heavenly Father.
So, again I ask the question, “Are you and I living our lives in such a way that we are a threat to the enemy?” Please ponder this question and search your spirit for the answer today AND on a a daily basis! We have been commissioned, by the one who died for us so that we may know Him and the Father and be with them for eternity, to make disciples in this world (Matthew 28:18-20). This commission begins at home for most of us and extends outward to those in our realm of influence and wherever God may use us. May our lives, and faith, begin to take shape so that we make the enemy tremble and not the other way around!!!