Written by Glyn Norman
Well, it was to be expected. Any pastor worth his salt knows that the week after you preach on unity, humility, gentleness, patience, kind tolerance and so on, those things will be tested. It has been a week of spiritual warfare. If we needed any proof that we are on the radar at Devil Central, there's been more than enough this week.
Listen to this warning from 2 Corinthians 2:10-12:
10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven-if there was anything to forgive-I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
It's interesting that Satan's schemes seem somehow to be connected to unforgiveness. When forgiveness flows, Satan finds it much harder to get a foothold. And here, also from the Apostle Paul, who knew a thing or two about spiritual warfare:
"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold." (Ephesians 4:26-27)
Anger and a reluctance to forgive are ways in which we give the Devil a foothold. I've seen both expressed this last week.
I would like therefore to ask your prayers for the leadership of this church. That we will be aware and protected from spiritual attack, and that we would be conscious of when we are the ones doing the attacking. There is no faster method to take down a church than to attack the leadership. So, I urge that prayers be said for the elders, the pastors, the staff, the deacons and anyone else with a leadership role in the church. May we be slow to anger, swift to forgive, and alert to the enemy's schemes. May God preserve his unity in this place. Amen.