Commentary: 10 Ways the Enemy Gets the Upper Hand in a Church

He wants us to give up on prayer. He points out unanswered prayer, reminding us that God has at times not heard us in the past. Why would we then seek God’s presence and power today? He wants us to get puffed up with ego. In fact, this strategy is the root of the rest of these strategies. When we reside on the throne of our lives, the enemy is at least temporarily winning.

Let me start this post with a clear caveat: Satan will not ultimately win as he attacks God’s church. Jesus broke the powers through His cross (Col. 2:15), and the enemy will eventually be cast into outer darkness (Rev. 20:10). In the meantime, though, the devil strategically attacks us. Consider these ways he seeks to get the “up”per hand.

He wants us to mess up in sin.
He wants us to cover up our sin.
He wants us to get hung up on difficulties and discouragement.
He wants us to clam up in evangelism.
He wants us to bow up over position and power.
He wants us to break up.
He wants us to build up our own kingdoms.
He wants us to cloud up the message.
He wants us to give up on prayer.
He wants us to get puffed up with ego.

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