The Bible says in Ephesians 6:10-12, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The apostle here was writing to the church in Ephesus.
He was instructing them about the spiritual warfare that we as Christians, through the church, should be engaged in. Our warfare is not as the muslims would think or the crusaders of the past.
We, as the church, are not called to arms of the physical, but spiritual. The church should be a place that is dangerous for the devil.
It seems anyone can put up a building and hang a sign that says, “church, ministry or outreach,” but is it a place that feareth God and escheweth evil, Job 1:1.
The church is a place that should be dangerous for the devil. We are not to lay down and let the devil run over us, our families and our communities.
I often ask the congregation here at Highway Baptist Church, “When did God’s people become afraid of the world?”
Its dangerous for the devil when people believe the Bible instead of watering it down into symbols and allegories. Its dangerous for the devil when people follow the Bible and the principles of it. Its dangerous for the devil when people make a priority of the Bible and apply its teachings to their life.
The church should be a place of great victories for God and great defeat for satan.
The lives and homes of Christians should be a place of fruitfulness of God’s spirit and a barren land for the devil.
It is my prayer and desire that the church be a place where satan has no future.
When he attacks, we strike back through prayer. When he entices with sin, we draw closer to God. When tricks us through his wicked devices, we get smarter by studying God’s word.
The church and Christianity are caught in the crossfire of politics and social issues. Some think we are their enemy and assault us as such, but they are not our enemy.
We have but one enemy and that is satan.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
Let’s be a people who are dangerous for the devil.
Dr. Robert Randolph is the founding pastor of Highway Baptist Church in Greenville and a U.S. Navy veteran.