However, having said that, we must also beware. Because our adversary the Devil does indeed walk about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour! My friend, Dr. Jeff Laborg, who pastors the great 2nd Baptist Church in Warner Robbins, Georgia, once made this profound observation. He said, "The level of opposition always rises to the level of revival." With God making the move that He is making, we can expect Satan to make a counter attack. And his methods have not changed. He always uses the same one's. No wonder the writer of Scripture said, "We are not ignorant of his devices."
He uses the following weapons/methods in his war on the Saints:
- Discouragement - He is the accuser of the brethren. He will accuse to the point where we get discouraged and make everything seem like it is against us. If we are not careful, we will find ourselves thinking that God is even against us.
- Deception - He is a master deceiver and masquerades as an angel of light. He will deceive about who we are in Christ, and the authority that we have because of our position in Him. We don't have to take anything off the devil! Sometimes, he'll deceive us about what is most important and get us so focused on the minor issues of personal preference, that we miss the major issues of loving the Lord our God with all our heart, our neighbor as ourselves, and winning others to faith in Christ.
- Disease - He sometimes gets God's people bogged down with physical illness to the point that we can't be all we need to be for God's glory. And
- Depression - He gets us bogged down with deception, disease, and discouragement; and if we aren't careful we will become depressed and paralyzed with fear!
There are many others that I could mention, but for sake of time I won't. The main point is to be alert! Don't give place to the Devil! Because we do serve a risen Savior, we can and should be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord! God Bless you!!!