You don’t need to slow down and look behind you. Don’t waste your time thinking he has given up either. The enemy, satan, father of lies is fast approaching. He is in hot pursuit of you!! Even if you don’t see him in the rearview believe me he is still actively pursuing you. He will not stop chasing you until God calls you home. Well….unless he already has you on his team.
Does that image make you uneasy? Does it scare you? This isn’t about being afraid, this is about knowing your enemy. The bible reveals to us how he operates.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NIV
- He is actively searching for a life to destroy.
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14 NIV
- He is sometimes disguising himself as something good.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV
- He takes things that don’t belong to him for his use
- He is a murderer
- He is destructive
Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t, just keep reading.
The enemy seems like a pretty bad guy (he is) and he like we are no match (we aren’t). The bible tells us how to win against our adversary.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17 NIV
BE PREPARED! Put on the protection of God (through prayer) so WHEN the day of evil comes you are READY. Hold yourself together (at the waist) with truth. Jesus is the truth. The word of God is the truth. Withy our faith (in Christ) you are made righteous. Be grounded in the gospel. Once you are fully “dressed”, pick up your faith. You can defeat every scheme that comes against you with it. On your head (your covering) is your salvation. It protects you from what you get yourself into, not the schemes of the devil. FIGHT back!! Pick up the sword of the Spirit (God’s word in action) and FIGHT back!!!
If you are not ready for battle don’t worry there is still hope for you.
Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you. Deuteronomy 3:22
Need I say more?