2. To Paralyze You with Fear
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Fear is another tactic of the enemy. As one who used to struggle with extreme fear and panic attacks at the slightest scare, I can attest that fear kept my eyes on things that were immediate and not on God. If our lives have become riddled with fear, we will find that we are consumed with the “what ifs.” Life becomes focused on what we can and cannot control versus putting complete faith in God. Fear will keep us from taking a step of faith into a new career, praying for a friend who may reject us, and even being able to rest. God does not give us fear. Instead, His Word brings peace, wisdom, love, and a sound mind.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 14:18)
3. To Silence You from Sharing the Gospel
A Christian who hoards the gospel to themselves is an ineffective Christian. One of our primary roles as a follower of Christ is to make more followers of Christ. In fact, Matthew 28:19, would deem it to be our greatest mission. Yet, one trick of the enemy is to silence Christians. We see this in modern social media as many Christians feel nervous to share God’s Word for fear of being virtually attacked or not wanting to be associated with the “church.”
Although we cannot give the enemy 100% credit for this (truthfully, those who share the gospel in a way that is malicious, and hateful have played a role), we can see how many Christians prefer to worship quietly to not cause anyone to be offended. Yet, followers of Christ should take every moment they can to spread the gospel. When we shrink back from doing so, the enemy wins! If we aren’t being an influencer for Christ, the enemy will certainly find opportunities to influence those around us. Let us no longer be ashamed to share the gospel, by any means necessary.
“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
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