So dead on about culture. Take up the cross, not the scepter. Be aware that we were told we’d be aliens and stop acting like it’s a shock to us that people who don’t know the Lord live like they don’t know the Lord. And then be the grace that He’s given us.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”—Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Knowing the world his kingdom would inhabit, Jesus instructed his disciples to be as innocent as doves and as wise as serpents (Matt 10:16). With that in mind, I sometimes think about what strategies our enemy might use to undermine the church’s effectiveness.
Here’s three things I’d do if I was him:
1. Diminish the Spirit’s Influence
This is kind of a no-brainer. Jesus’ game plan relies on the Spirit’s supernatural impact to be manifested through the church. Enfeebling the church would be as simple as encouraging them to rely on their own ability.
Maybe I’d make…
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