If I Were Your Enemy

an excerpt from Jennie Allen's new book Nothing To Prove

Jennie shared these words as she wrapped up another life changing IF Gathering. I was stunned by the simplicity and truth I felt in them. Then I started reading her new book, Nothing To Prove and was struck by them again. I want to share them with you and I am dying to know what you think.

If I were your enemy, this is what I would do:

Make you believe you need permission to lead.

Make you believe you are helpless.

Make you believe you are insignificant.

Make you believe that God wants your decorum and behavior.

And for years these lies have been sufficient to shut down much of the church.

But now many of you are awake. You are in the Word and on your knees. God is moving through you, and you are getting dangerous. You are starting to get free and leading other people to freedom. The old lies are no longer adequate.

So if I were your enemy, I would make you numb and distract you from God’s story.

Technology, social media, Netflix, travel, food and wine, comfort. I would not tempt you with notably bad things, or you would get suspicious.

I would distract you with everyday comforts that slowly feed you a different story and make you forget God.

Then you would dismiss the Spirit leading you, loving you, and comforting you. Then you would start to love comfort more than surrender and obedience and souls.

If that didn’t work, I would attack your identity. I would make you believe you had to prove yourself.

Then you would focus on yourself instead of God.

Friends would become enemies.

Teammates would become competition.

You would isolate yourself and think you are not enough.

You would get depressed and be ungrateful for your story.

Or —

You would compare and believe you are better than others.

You would judge people who need God.

You would condemn them rather than love and invite them in.

You would gossip and destroy and tear down other works of God.

Either way you would lose your joy, because your eyes would be fixed on yourself and people instead of on Jesus.

And if that didn’t work, I would intoxicate you with the mission of God rather than God Himself.

Then you would worship a cause instead of Jesus.

You would fight each other to have the most important roles.

You would burn out from striving.

You would think that success is measured by the results you see.

You would build platforms for applause rather than to display God.

Then all your time and effort would be spent on becoming important rather than on knowing Jesus and loving people. The goals would be to gather followers, earn fancy job titles, publish books, build big ministries rather than to seek the souls of men and the glory of God.

And if that didn’t work, I would make you suffer.

Then maybe you would think God is evil rather than good.

Your faith would shrink.

You would get bitter and weary and tired rather than flourish and grow and become more like Christ.

You would try to control your life rather than step into the plans He has for you.

The enemy is telling you that freedom is only found in finally proving to yourself and to the world that…

you are important.

you are in control.

you are liked.

you are happy.

you are enough.

So good, right?
I feel convicted in a different way every time I process through those words.

What do you think?
What stood out to you?
What struck you?
Convicted you?

Let’s be proactive.
Let’s really process this.
Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

 

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  1. Powerful, black and white words! The Bible says that we are not unaware of Satan’s scheme’s… When we are honest with ourselves and our Savior, he gently opens our eyes to those schemes that look different in all of us. Satan is very smart, he has the inside scoop, and he will use that to rob, kill and destroy every chance he gets. But when we allow God to walk this life along with us, hand in hand, not only will we feel his unending peace, understand his unconditional love, and walk in grace but know with every fiber in us, who we belong too. That we are sons and daughters of the King! That gives me the confidence to walk along side my 16 year old daughter as her identity is being attacked and Satan is trying to destroy her…to teach her and live it out in my own life, that there is no greater lover then the love of her Savior. When she know that will every fiber…she is unstoppable and so am I!
    Thank you Christen for the incredible encouragment 🙂