Scaring the Devil

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
- 1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)

Have you ever read a book that punches you in the gut in the opening line? The book I'm currently reading does just that. It’s called, Kingdom Man by Tony Evans. Excusing the language, here is the first sentence: "A kingdom man is the kind of man that when his feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, 'Oh crap, he's up!’” Now I know this is referring to men, but this statement holds true for kingdom women as well. This statement begs us to examine ourselves and ask, “Do the devil and his minions shudder when you or I awake? Or does he say, "Oh, it's just so and so, no worries.”

Have you heard of the Iron Man Triathlon? It is probably one of the most grueling physical and mental events there is. The first stage is a 2.4 mile swim; second stage is a 112 mile bike ride; third and final stage a marathon run, 26.2 miles. I'm tired just typing it. The average time to finish takes 12 hours and 35 minutes.  This is not an event you wake up one day and say, "Hey, tomorrow I'm going to win the Iron man Triathlon." If you did that, you'd probably be found washed up on the shore somewhere. 

In order for the enemy of our soul to shudder when we awake we must be training like an athlete that doesn’t just want to “finish” but Win!  Timothy writes that physical training is good, but is physical training making the devil say, “he/she’s up?” I don’t think so.  Please don’t misunderstand, I believe we should all be in shape, but our priority needs to be our “spiritual shape.”

The question is do you want your life to be so effective for God’s Kingdom that the Devil is worried when your feet hit the floor? If your answer is yes, then how are you training? His daily workout regime is to pray continually, study the Bible, apply change if your actions don’t line up with what you learn, and share that faith with others in a way that inspires them.

Kingdom people, are you ready to shake up the devil? Then set your workout alarm because it’s time to get down to business!

Prayer Starter
Father God, point out areas in my life that need work and give me the desire to get into shape. I want to be a “difference maker,” one that gets the Devil’s attention. I want to be someone he is worried about, someone who is affecting the outcome of eternity.

Jim Marquis