Excerpt from the book, Cracks in the Foundation.
Every Time I Minister or Move Forward in God, Satan Attacks Me
These words are frequently heard in churches and in prayer meetings. It is the apparent experience of many.
The devil hates Christians who seek to advance the kingdom of God. He is prowling around “like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). He especially wants to devour those who are moving forward in prayer, evangelism, leadership, and in obedience to God. It would be foolish for us to ignore the fact that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age . . . “ (Eph 6:12).
There will be a crack in our spiritual foundation if we put more faith in Satan’s power to attack us than in God’s power to protect us. If we believe that the attacks of Satan (with its negative results) are normal, then our expectation of this will actually attract those things to our lives (and will thus reinforce this lie as truth to us). Jesus said, “According to your faith, so be it” (Matthew 9:29). Those who believe they are protected will increasingly experience protection in their lives. Those who believe they will be attacked after moving forward in God (or in ministry) will increasingly have this experience in their lives.
Sometimes we overuse and overemphasize things like, “If the devil is not causing you problems, then you must not be any threat to him.” There is some truth in this statement, but it too often creates a crack of believing that difficulty is the true sign of spirituality. Yes, the devil is looking for those he may devour, but he can only devour when there is agreement with him or fear of him. As people of hope and victory, we are to speak more about God’s wonderful protection than we do about Satan’s attacks and lies. As we do so, we will increasingly see that protection manifest in our lives.