Sizing up the Enemy VII
Staying alert is important in war, whereas an unexpected move (such as Pearl Harbor) often brings defeat. Many passages on fighting with Satan stress the need for alertness (Acts 20:31; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:6 1 Peter 5:8), but this is a sore spot for most Christians. We might be alert at certain times, but usually we’re preoccupied by other interests. Some are so preoccupied they “forget” for months at a time that a war is going on! Satan’s forces have no other interests. While they may be surprised at times, this appears infrequent, and they seem to adjust quickly.
One time remember someone in our church reaching out to this man. The new believer turned out to be very influential, and within a few weeks a dozen others had come to Christ or were close to faith in this group of men. But Satan rapidly enticed one leader to fall into an affair and another to fall into drugs. Then he set them against each other, and within another week the group of men disintegrated and disappeared. The leaders forgot they were in a war and needed to stay alert. The new recruits were destroyed.