If you are determined to share the gospel with others, expect opposition from Satan. He does not easily give up his territory and will do everything in his power to destroy your witness.
There are distinct strategies, which may be called “landmines,” that Satan uses to attack the influence of believers.
Just as there are physical landmines used in war, there are also spiritual landmines in spiritual warfare that can keep us from moving forward in evangelism.
In our recent edition of the Summer Toolbox, we addressed landmines harmful to our witness. Ones that are not only detrimental to individuals, but to entire churches as well.
Physical and spiritual landmines have four things in common:
- A landmine is hidden beneath the surface. It’s an explosive device designed to harm or kill the enemy, unseen until too late.
- Landmines don't discriminate. It doesn’t matter your rank—whether a private or a general, a new believer or a seasoned pastor—if you step on it, the damage is done.
- Landmines can go off at any time. It could occur at a low point, or even after your greatest victory.
- Landmines damage not only the person who triggered it, but also your entire church. They distract from and even derail your collective outreach.Scripture gives us the fundamental key to avoiding landmines: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15–16).
As we follow Jesus, remember this: be sober, be diligent, and be dependent on Him to provide the wisdom we need to effectively reach our world with the gospel.