Pay Attention!

“and do not give the devil an opportunity.” – Ephesians 4:27 (NASV)

Have you ever noticed the tendency of people whose lives are miserable and marked by a defeatist’s attitude to disparage and diminish the successes and victories of others?  It seems as though they will take every opportunity to tear down everyone else’s joy, because they have none for themselves.  When these people see someone else about to break through to achieve happiness and success, rather than give them a hand up, they’d rather grab an ankle and pull them back down to where they are.

That is precisely the picture of how our Adversary the Devil works.  Its his M.O. if you will.  He has always operated that way.  At his fall, although he was Lucifer, one of the most beautiful and highly exalted of all the angels in heaven, he was jealous for what he did not have and set about to exert his authority over that of God Himself.  In the Garden of Eden, it was his jealousy that turned the heart of Eve and Adam to disobey the Lord’s one restrictive command to them.  He influenced Herod to attempt to kill our Immanuel even as He was being born.  When Jesus was about to begin His earthly ministry, Satan met Him in the desert tempting Him to turn from His mission.  At the crucifixion, the Devil thought he had finally thwarted the will of God to extend grace and salvation to us all, and was again defeated at the Resurrection.  And he nevers learns!  You’d think he would read the end of the Book and know that his ultimate demise is inevitable.  But, still his desire is drag down as many as possible before that happens.

I have experienced his strategy in my own life and you probably have too.  It has always been right when I was about achieve my greatest spiritual and physical victories, that he exerts his greatest energy to hinder that from happening.  Even when he knows he will lose the war, he remains determined to grab a battle or two here and there.  Jesus warned us about this when he said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  If our Enemy cannot keep us from being saved and having eternal life, then he will satisfy himself with stealing our opportunities for a full and abundant life in Christ in this world. 

Sadly, when he wins it is usually because we have been too distracted to notice or too caught up in our own issues, and we give him the “opportunity” he needs to drag us down.  Satan wins when we don’t pay attention.  We don’t pay attention to what he’s up to, and worse, we don’t pay attention to the Holy Spirit when He directs us and convicts us.  That’s why the Bible warns us, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

So….feelin’ good about yourself?  Pretty confident that you are about to break through to victory?  Is God about to call you to accomplish something huge for the Kingdom and provide a major victory in your life?  HEADS UP!  PAY ATTENTIONListen closely only to what the Spirit of God is saying to you!  And tell that sneak to take a hike, in Jesus’ name! 


2 Responses to “Pay Attention!”

  1. 1 Jimm
    April 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I have had this on my thoughts as well; about the Evil One knowing he has lost the war. For certain he will now seek to win as many battles as possible, to take as many casualties as possible. His victories need only to be small also, thus we must be especially guarded to even the smallest details. Remember that Satan is as patient as a stalking lion as well and will be more than happy to take you one tiny piece at a time.

  2. April 16, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I have had my challenges and struggles with the Devil too. I learned to do what the word says about this. James 4: 7 Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. God’s promises never fail!

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