We live in a world created in holiness but sold under sin. Temptations lurk everywhere. The Bible tells us that the devil walks around like a hungry lion seeking whom he may devour. But before we get on the defensive, the Scripture tells us, concerning the devil, to resist Him by being steadfast in the faith! Jesus never tells us to cower before evil; quite the contrary. He says of His church, “The gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Gates are not an offensive weapon. They are for defense. Jesus is saying that hell cowers behind its gates in fear of the church which storms those gates! What a different picture that presents than that which a lot of Christians have. In spite of the devil’s lion-like bravado and his ability to intimidate and destroy those who cower from him, the good news tells us to resist him and he will flee from us as we submit to God!
Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” If we are guilty of anything, let it be of storming the gates as we take the Gospel of Christ into the world. -- Ben