First, it should be pointed out that there is a way to get the devil to leave you alone. You don’t have to get the 23rd Psalm tattooed on your forehead. You don’t have to memorize anything. You don’t have to rub chicken grease on your face and do a special dance. It’s much easier than that. All you have to do is nothing.
Never speak up to share a biblical worldview on a controversial topic.
Never move towards hurting people.
Never allow the gospel to do surgery on your own soul.
And most important of all, never share the gospel with someone in hopes of getting that someone to repent and believe in Jesus.
Stay away from those types of things and the devil is sure to leave you alone. Much like the way that you drive by the flattened skunk in the middle of the road, Satan will pass on by you, smiling with assurance that you are already dead.
The Christian life here on earth is not primarily focused on getting the devil to leave us alone. It’s about continuing on our mission in victory and obedience despite Satan’s attacks. If you care anything about loving Jesus to the point of actually doing what he says, you can count on Satan’s fiery darts coming your way. As they do, here are a few things for you to remember.
1. Remember God’s Power
In Matthew 4 Satan comes at Jesus pretty hard. For a while it’s a back and forth battle but then it all comes to an end with one short sentence. Jesus said, “Be gone, Satan.” Satan left immediately. The same voice that spoke those words is the same voice that spoke creation into existence (Colossians 1:16) and is the same voice that prays for you continually (Romans 8:34). That’s why Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10 to be strong “in the Lord.” Not in ourselves. Not in our rituals. In the Lord.
Christian, your strength is found in the One who has already defeated your enemy. Fight like a winner.
2. Remember Your Victory
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13 (ESV)
You don’t have to keep getting knocked down by the same temptations and fears. They are guaranteed to come your way. But, in Christ, you will withstand the evil day. In Christ, you will stand firm.
Christian, your victory over your enemy has already been secured. Fight like a winner.
3. Remember God’s Truth
There’s a funny thing about truth. Nobody likes it until it confirms what they already like to believe. Real truth doesn’t work that way. In reality, Jesus is the standard by which all other supposed truths are measured. He is not a way, a truth and a life. He is the truth (John 14:6).
Christian, as you stare down the lies of your enemy, remember that Truth is on your side. Fight like a winner.
4. Remember Who You Are
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)
I’m glad that Paul did not say to put on the breastplate of self-righteousness. In Ephesians 6:14 he just calls it the breastplate of righteousness. Ultimately, it’s not your righteousness that will deflect the fiery darts of your enemy. Only Christ’s righteousness can do that. And he has given his righteousness to you (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Christian, Jesus has given you his indestructible armor to stand against your enemy. Fight like a winner.
5. Remember The Message
People think that spiritual warfare is burning Ozzy records and invisible angels doing karate moves on each other. In reality, the peak of spiritual warfare is when Christians share the gospel. Satan is blinding the eyes of unbelievers to keep them from seeing the truth of the gospel and his blinders are not easily removed. There will be a fight. But that fight will not be won through our weakening of the message. Too many Christians and churches have settled for offering cups of water to drowning men in an effort to be relevant. The greatest need of blinded men is the gospel of peace as seen in Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
Christian, the message you have been given, as unpopular as it may be, is a very important one that cannot be changed to appease the crowds. Fight like a winner.
6. Remember Your Weapon
Paul calls it the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). It’s the only offensive weapon in his famous list of spiritual body armor. Just as you would never consider going to war without a weapon or with one that you are not familiar with, you are insane to enter into each day’s war without hearing from God through his word or simply by relying on something you read when you were a kid.
Christian, God has given you a weapon and he wants you to use it. Fight like a winner.
7. Remember Your Connection
The greatest measure of our arrogance is our prayer life. Prayer is another way of saying, “I can’t do this. God, will you help me?” A lack of prayer is another way of saying, “I’ve got this one, God. I’ll let you know when I need your help.” A lack of prayer is also a fantastic way of drawing a giant bullseye on your heart and mind, showing the enemy exactly where and when to attack.
Christian, maintain frequent, sincere communication with the One who has secured your victory. Fight like a winner.
8. Remember Others
You’re not the only Christian being attacked by the enemy. Your brothers and sisters on the front lines in schools, pulpits, foreign lands and office buildings are facing it too. And they need your prayers. Pray for your pastor. Don’t just support missionaries with your money. Pray for them too. It doesn’t matter how strong you are in the faith, if you are on the front lines there will be the temptation to abandon your message. Paul asked for prayer that he would not do this. If he felt the need for such help from his brothers and sisters, we can be sure that we need it too.
Christian, Satan’s offensive is a large one so pray for your brothers and sisters as they pray for you.
Fight like a winner.