Church Leadership 101: You Have an Enemy

Years ago I read a book called The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson. In the book, Neil says of spiritual warfare, “If you’re a Christian, you’re a target. If you’re in ministry, you’re a bullseye.” That statement struck me hard and has always stayed with me.

The Bible warns us, too. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” Later verse 9 goes on to say, “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisterst all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.”

So, we are encouraged to “stay alert” and “watch out”. We’ll also told to “stand firm” and “be strong”. We’re also reminded that Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are fighting this same battle with a very real enemy.

It’s important to keep this perspective as you go throughout your ministry career. You have a enemy – a shrewd, crafty and tricky, deceitful enemy that will do whatever it takes to frustrate you, discourage you, make you afraid, see you stumble and fall into sin and if he was allowed to – he’d kill you. This should sober you up and behoove you to put on your spiritual armor. (Ephesians 6:13-17)

How do serve, lead and minister with this reality going on all around you? I’ve blogged before about the supernatural aspect of our faith. We serve a God that was raised from the dead and believe in angels and demons and a real devil. I pray over our house every night before going to sleep. I ask God to let his angels stand guard over our home and protect us from evil.

What about you? How does the reality that you have an enemy effect your life and ministry? Do you think about this at all? Do you intentionally put on your spiritual armor?

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2 thoughts on “Church Leadership 101: You Have an Enemy

  1. There certainly is an active spiritual world; Scripture is full of examples and creatures. I think, however, we Christian often go about spiritual warfare wrongly. The power of the enemy is mostly to throw shadows and cloud our minds with confusing thoughts, made more likely by our having wrong motives. When we notice something creeping into us the Bible says not to let in – say, fear – we should take that thought captive and pray Scripture: "Lord God, let me not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind." Remember, too, that Yahweh is the true power of the universe, so if we are having trouble breaking through, he likely is trying to have us correct something amiss. If we pray for discernment, he'll give it, then we follow it, and the matter will be resolved.