Truth As Far As I Can Tell…
James 4:7 – So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
“What do you mean?” I asked my friend, Ken. Ken Stephens was an experienced Methodist minister who served a church a few miles down the road from mine. He was patient, faithful, and wise from years of ‘fighting the good fight’ in the Lord’s Kingdom.
Ken and I and a number of other pastors in Forsyth, Georgia were planning a community-wide mission event. Unfortunately, we had experienced some minor setbacks in our plans. It was nothing major, but enough to make some of us less experienced ministers question if we were doing the right thing. Was God trying to tell us we were off track? Were we doing the right thing?
“It’s the green light.” Ken repeated. “When Satan sees the Church working together and doing the will of God, Satan feels threatened. He doesn’t like it. So, he tries his best to disrupt and discourage God’s people. But that’s the green light for the Church. It tells us we are on the right track. We are making the Devil nervous. So we’ve got to press on. The Devil’s telling us to stop, but God’s giving us the green light to go ahead.”
I never forgot Ken’s advice. Whenever I know I am doing the right thing, I don’t let Satan discourage me with his minor disruptions. Now, I just see these as the green light. They are confirmation that I am on the right track. If Satan is fighting us, it is only confirmation that we are on the right track. So I pray for God to chase the Devil away and I ask other prayer warriors to join with me, knowing if we resist the Devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7).
Satan cannot stand against us. Through Jesus, we have already won the victory. Of course, I’m no expert and certainly don’t claim to know everything, but that’s the Truth as far as I can tell…