Devil Behind the Bush

I have often wondered if Christians sometimes give too much credit to the devil when things don't go our way, is he really behind every bush? Have you ever heard someone blame the devil when they are late for church, have a flat tire, or stuck in traffic? I'm afraid good pastoral counseling would include getting up earlier and buying new tires. 

While not dismissing the reality of Satan's never ending harassment toward the Christian, Satan would be pleased to be known only as the cartoon character sitting on your shoulder and holding a pitchfork. His purpose? To persuade you to disobey the angel on the other shoulder. While comical, it's dangerous to have such a low view of Satan.

There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan. - C.S. Lewis

The devil has one purpose…to oppose any advancement of God's kingdom. Satan is a fierce enemy of the Christian and his nature is to steal, kill, and destroy. He is organized and strictly opposed to any prayers or labors on behalf of the unreached and unengaged. 

The scriptures are clear - expect direct opposition from Satan when you decide to engage in the battle to reclaim these people groups for God's glory. The Lord may have called you to pray, go, or send others. If so, do not be surprised at the trials that have come since that commitment. When God has your heart, the devil wants your mind…to abort what you have started or to bring discouragement and depression.  

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal. 6:9)

Your wounds are temporary. Look again to Jesus and know these trials have come because of your faith…they are intended to leave you with scars that mark you as a disciple of Jesus.