Beware, Christians: The Devil Never Sleeps

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist | 8/30/2013, 4:40 p.m.
This one is from back in the day. They say the only sure way to get Satan’s attention is to ...

This one is from back in the day. They say the only sure way to get Satan’s attention is to begin to turn one’s life over to Christ.

I’ve heard many a preacher say a person’s lifestyle is but a gateway for the devil to access your world. Supposedly, as long as you engage in the things and enticements of this world, Lucifer has no need to spend any energy dealing with the struggle to obtain your eternal soul. Life’s trials and temptations alone are enough to sentence anyone to an afterlife void of the Lord; which, if you didn’t know, is the quintessential definition of hell itself. I mean as we navigate our time here in the physical world, sometimes we lose sight of the obvious. A life without purpose, without direction, a life without faith is a life wandering aimlessly on a highway headed straight to hell.

Let’s agree that the devil does not have to work to gain access to a life lost to the pleasures and passions and addictions the world offers all of us. He can merely set up a toll booth and collect unsuspecting souls as they stagger by.

You know when you’ve partied so hard that even the light of the next day doesn’t clear your head from the stupor of the night before. What I’m suggesting is that some of us could at least make the devil sweat a little bit while he tries to manipulate our life’s circumstances. On the other hand, a life dedicated to purpose, fraught with integrity and anchored in faith instantly becomes a target for Satan’s ammunition. Believe me. I’m trying to put him to work every day by appealing to the Lord to allow me to do His will as opposed to my own.

The reality is that Satan is coming for anyone who tries to hear and respond to God’s Word. “Some people are like seed along the path, where the Word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the Word that was sown in them.” (Mark 4:5).

The question is, if you know this, then what are you doing to arm yourself against this inevitable onslaught? “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14). The point of all this is to let you know as a believer, you have a neon sign hanging over you that brightly shines in all the kingdoms of this world and the next. It alerts any and everyone around you of the true mission of your soul, which is to honor God.

For the record, Satan cannot stand the thought that your love of God supersedes his ability to wreck your world. You see I’m told he also loved God dearly once. He came, however, to love himself more. If he has his way, you and I will come to love ourselves more than we love God and then basically it’s over. Remember my toll booth analogy? “For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach and their glory is in their shame. But our citizenship is in heaven…” (Philippians 3; 18-20).

I sincerely hope and pray that you recognize the next trial and/or temptation headed your way is but a speck on the windshield of your life; a mere splattered piece of nothing standing in your way on the road to the Promised Land. Any other consideration of it would be a mistake and an insult to God.

May God bless and keep you always.