CS Lewis once wrote, “There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.”
A few years ago I was made aware of some realities of scripture that I had overlooked, namely that Satan is actively set against me (and others) experiencing the life that Jesus intended. Many people say, “Yeah, but Satan was defeated through the Cross.” I completely agree with that, but what would compel Peter to write these words 30 years after his best friend died on a cross: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Why would Peter say, “Resist him…” if we weren’t supposed to do that today? A few good friends and I began resisting the Evil One a few years ago. It was weird at first, but has become very normal in our every day interaction now. I would not say that we are looking for Satan around every corner or blaming every dumb decision we make on the Enemy, but when things come up we do our best to be self-controlled and alert, to resist and stand firm. Last week the opposition was heavy. My wife and I were considering a big decision of intentionally reaching out to our neighbors who aren’t in a relationship with Jesus. That work is opposed. We are considering entering into ground that the Enemy has already claimed as his, and he won’t just sit back and let ground be taken back without a fight. The opposition got really thick mid-week, so I called one of my buddies and he came over to pray. We had a long session of praying protection over our family, praying for our neighbors by name, claiming the Kingdom of God over our neighborhood, and recognizing together that Jesus has already won the war. This reaction (prayer) to opposition has become completely normal. I am excited for what the Lord has in store for our family as we join Him in His great work in our neighborhood.