We have to be radical against the attacks of evil. The quicker we cut them off, the easier it will be to overcome them. When the devil tried to contaminate the Lord Jesus through Peter, He did not worry about His friendship with Peter, but immediately and strongly rejected that sneak-attack. “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Mark 8:33).
It’s a good idea to ask yourself these questions about those who speak ill of us:
- Has this person ever been to the Church? If not, how can he attack something he knows nothing about?
- How is this person’s life? Is he very blessed?
- I know the pastors, but do I know the person who is writing/saying bad things about the pastors and the Church? Has this person ever helped me? Who is this person? Who is giving him these ideas?
- Look at the fruit (results). It is important to look at what God has been doing in your life since you have been attending the church. Have you seen positive changes? Are you more at peace? After every church service, do you feel better or worse? Remember that every time you hear someone say something negative about the Church.
The devil is a liar and will do anything to deceive you. Use reason against him, not your emotions, because the heart (emotions) is deceptive and wicked (Jeremiah 17:9).
Remember what we learned in the video: a virus can only enter when there is a receptive cell. Decide that you are not going to have a receptive attitude towards the devil’s viruses and that you will use your natural defences (faith) to reject Satan in a complete and radical way.
“Submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)