If God Gives You Influence…

By September 30, 2016Devotional, Encouragement

If God gives you influence the enemy gives you attention!

We shouldn’t be surprised when we see pastors and church leaders struggle. They are human – imperfect humans.

I have witnessed over the years – watching others and with my own experience – it’s often in the seasons where everything seems to be going so well when temptation is greatest.

Should we be surprised? I think not! We’ve been warned – and told how to respond.

Be self‑controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9

Pray for a pastor or church leader today. And, drop them a quick note to let them know you did.

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  • […] If God gives you influence the enemy gives you attention! –Ron Edmondson Pray for a pastor or church leader today. And, drop them a quick note to let them know you did. […]

  • Dan Black says:

    Great thought here. If we are doing something for God then the enemy will place a target on your back.

  • This verse indicates that there is little room for carelessness. We are being called upon to be thoroughly self-controlled and to be alert. Why? Because Satan aims to undermine our confidence, to sow discord, and to get us to stop believing and revert to carnality. These are the directions in which he will try to push us.

    We can notice Peter writing, "Whom he may devour." "May" indicates permission is given. He has the ability to devour us spiritually, but it does not have to happen.

    He also says to "Be vigilant," which means "to watch."

    All of these things—the roaring lion, the resisting, the afflictions, suffering, persecution, perfection, and strength—are related as parts of operations that fulfill God's purpose for us.

    We have to begin by understanding that Satan—despite his incredible intelligence, cleverness, and power—is still yet an unwitting dupe in God's hand to bring about His purpose. God is far more powerful than Satan.

    • ronedmondson says:

      You've made this post so much better with your comment. Thanks for being such a thoughtful person.
      Twitter: Ronedmondson

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