“Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.” I Thessalonians 2:18
The most powerful enemy we have is Satan. He has many names, such as, adversary, the prince of the devils, the false accuser, and the prince of the fallen angels. Satan is opposing everything we as Christians attempt to do in our service for the Lord. For example, consider the following traps the devil could put in our path to hinder our love and service for Christ.
INCOMPLETE OBEDIENCE – picking and choosing what we will obey in God’s Word is not complete obedience. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Complete obedience on our part is developed by a lifestyle of obedience. This comes through learning to trust God for everything, a commitment to obey Him, and a consistent focus on the Word of God.
INNER PRIDE – once a Christian allows pride to enter the heart, destruction in one’s life will follow and result in a great fall from service. Proverbs 16:18
We must be careful as we serve the Lord not to get puffed up with pride because of the things we are doing for Him. We must humble ourselves before Him and maintain a humble spirit. James 4:10
INFIDELITY – no Christian can live a perfect life, but we can strive daily to be faithful in our calling to serve the Lord. It is a testimony to everyone around us and God honors His faithful servants. Matthew 25:21
We must be careful not to allow Satan to lure us into such traps, which results in our being hindered in our service for our Lord Jesus Christ. We must be vigilant! I Peter 5:8