In hockey, a sport where the role of the agitator is still prominent, a pest will often try and annoy the other team’s top scorer to distract and discourage them during the game. If an instigator can goad a star player into retaliation, they may succeed in getting that player penalized and out of the game for a significant amount of time. Having the other team’s star player out of the game, where they can’t make an impact, is definitely a win!
Ask yourself: are you a threat to Satan?
Does he stand to lose ground in the world because of your ministry, your actions, and your relationship with God?
Guess what, if you are faithfully serving the Lord, ministering to others, and ushering in the kingdom of God the answer is YES! You are a threat, which means you’ve become a target. So get ready. Satan will do just about anything to take you out of the game so you can’t disrupt his plans or threaten his kingdom.
As aggravating as a trash talker or spiritual super-pest may be, you must learn to resist and stay focused on the task God has set for you.
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
We also know from Scripture that we have been given tools and spiritual armor for this cause. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)
In many sports, athletes wear padding to protect themselves from recurring hits in the game. As spiritual athletes, the stronger our armor is, the more protected we are from the devil’s attacks and the longer we will be able to resist his assault on our lives.
As it says in 2 Corinthians, “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
Practicing our faith, affirming our salvation, standing in God’s truth, promoting peace, and pursuing righteousness are all pieces of armor we have to resist the enemy’s attack.
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