Whenever the subject of spiritual warfare is raised, there is a danger of falling into one of two extremes. On the one hand it is easy to become paranoid, “seeing demons behind every tree” and giving Satan far more credit than he deserves. On the other hand, it is easy to become overly relaxed and essentially treat the spiritual realm as having no effect on our lives. Yet if there is a realm in which we should be aware of spiritual warfare, surely it is in the realm of preaching. Surely the enemy would love to disrupt or damage the proclamation of God’s Word, the presentation of the Gospel, the encouragement of believers and the praise of God.
Today I am merely going to scratch the surface of the subject. Then in future posts I’d like to consider it further. First of all, spiritual warfare and the preacher. What tactics does the enemy use against us as preachers? Here are a few, perhaps you have others to add. One danger constantly facing us is that of pride, which leads to a lack of dependency on God. Then there is temptation to sin – how often do we face waves of temptation in areas of vulnerability while preparing to preach, or the day after we preach? Perhaps distraction is a tool of the enemy – things thrown in our path that keep us for the task at hand. Then there are lies, the discouragements meant to bring down our high goals with their high prayers.
I’d like to pursue this subject further, but let me ask you – what tactics does the enemy seem to employ in relation to your preaching ministry?