While it’s important to expose darkness, there needs to be balance. Too much focus on the enemy and not enough on Christ leaves us powerless.
If you keep looking at the devil and all his schemes, and all his ugliness, you will go crazy. I know so because I’ve done it. I used to listen to pastors who talked mostly about the devil and his tricks. While it’s important to expose darkness, there needs to be balance.
I write this because I know well-meaning pastors who make the devil and his dirty deeds the bulk of their message. These pastors talk so much about the devil that he probably tunes in just to hear about himself.
While these pastors may mean well, they end up glorifying the devil. I tended to walk away feeling very knowledgeable about the enemy, but in many circumstances seeing his schemes against me, I felt frustrated and powerless. I also noticed that these same pastors exhibited no power to stop the devil themselves. In most cases, they failed to give practical tips in dealing with Satan and his demons.
This is fruitless. Instead of spending 2.5 hours talking about what the devil is doing, there should be more talk about what the Almighty Father is doing. The more we know about Jesus and the authority given to us to combat the enemy, the more we can be in a better position to see the enemy and stop him.
Without a good portion of God, we just get overwhelmed and begin to see the devil as a undefeated opponent, when in fact, he’s already been defeated (Col 2:15).
I encourage these pastors to talk more about being filled with the Spirit, and our God given authority over devils so that we can overcome the enemy every time (Luke 10:19). Zac Poonen (a solid biblical teacher) once said:
“I used to be afraid of the devil, now I’m convinced that the devil is afraid of me!”
Ya see, God makes us strong, fearless and powerful! Knowledge only puffs us up, but love (God) edifies, strengthens and empowers us (1 Cor 8:1; 1 John 4:8). We have to keep our focus on who matters: Jesus Christ.