In regard to spiritual warfare, we must always remember that it’s never ultimately about what the enemy is doing. While it’s important to recognize his maneuvers, it’s important to understand their origin. If you don’t, you’ll fret when you should be standing in solid, immovable faith. The enemy never plays offense. He only reacts to things that get under his skin.
Every seasoned warrior understands that spiritual warfare is always about what God is doing – and what He is about to do. The greater the oppression, the more significant the offense; God, not Satan, is the One who has the ball. God never plays defense. If you are His child, take note. The best defense is a good offense, and God has the best in the business. Stop playing defense. It’s time to play offense.
“At best, the devil is not an initiator but a reactionary. He is always responding to God’s moves. So, if we see the enemy hard at work it is only because God, the Great Initiator, has made the first move.”
On the heals of a national election, it’s easy to mistakenly think our answers are found in politicians. The answer is actually found in the Person of Jesus Christ, and His great work. But Jesus doesn’t roll solo. He calls people like you and me to join Him in the monumental task of changing the world one person at a time. God uses the Church, and He uses Christians to change the world. The church is referred to with the feminine pronoun “she” in the Bible, as a matter of honor. In light of what’s happening in the world today, where is she — and where are you?
Colossians 4:5-6 reminds us of how great offense is played, and, brothers and sisters, great offense is what we need today:
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Most Christians fixate on the phrase “full of grace” in the above passage, and miss the part about the salt. It’s why so many of us have adopted a passive attitude toward national and world events. We’ve mistaken fatalism for faith, and think undeserved favor (grace) means we have no supernatural say in the matter. Grace cannot be properly dispensed without the seasoning of salt, which changes everything in the equation. It’s the change agent. Think about how we use salt. It preserves – and it also changes bland, distasteful things so that they are palatable. Get the point?
The objective of the conversations is to not just be gracious. The objective is to season people’s thinking so that everything about them positively changes and glorifies God. If our conversations don’t leave people thinking about God, and what is right in a world gone wrong, we aren’t using our conversations strategically. We’re missing opportunities, and we are not playing offense.
At best, the devil is not an initiator but a reactionary. He is always responding to God’s moves. So, if we see the enemy hard at work it is only because God, the Great Initiator, has made the first move. And God will make the last move, too. Don’t forget it.
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THINK. PRAY. ACT — LORD GOD, please help me to join you in playing offense. Help me to not merely be gracious, but to also be strategic in my conversations, deliberate in what I say so that it is kind and transformational. Help me to take bold steps toward speaking truth with love, seasoning what I say with salt, so that people are left thinking about you – and their lives – in positive ways that move them forward.