“Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.” (Philippians 1:28, NLT)
“And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.” (Philippians 1:28, Amplified)
I want to share with you some parts of a sermon I recently put together. The title is Confronting The Enemy and I will share 3 parts of this with you over this week. The first part is Don’t Be Intimidated.
I believe we, as Christians, are to take an offensive position against the enemy rather than defensive. When you are in a defensive stance you are always fighting off. When you are in an offensive stance you are attacking. See what the enemy wants to do in your life and attack first.
Intimidate, or intimidation, by definition means: “to make timid or fearful; frighten, especially: to compel or deter.” Intimidate in the passage above from Philippians gives the same idea as someone who tries to intimidate a witness. In the criminal justice field, they call it “tampering with a witness.” This is when someone going to trial intimidates a witness to the point that they don’t fully testify against them because the criminal knows that the witness has enough evidence to put them away for a long time, so they try to intimidate them to the point that they keep quiet.
This is exactly what the enemy, satan, tries to do with us. We are a witness to Christ and His ways and the enemy likes to get us to a place where he intimidates us so that we don’t stand as a witness to Christ, against the enemy. He plants thoughts in our minds like, “God really doesn’t heal,” “God really doesn’t want you to prosper,” “God really doesn’t care about your hurts and your pain.” He likes to plant doubt in our minds where we are scared to stand as a witness and say, “This is what my God can do” because what if it doesn’t happen? If the miracle doesn’t take place I will look like a fool.
So, the enemy tries to intimidate you to the point of where you won’t stand as a witness to breakthrough. Some translations of this passage use the word “terrified.” That word in the Greek refers to the shying away of a horse that has been startled. Let me give you a little bit of history to this passage. What was happening was the enemies referred to in Philippians were unbelievers who were showing hatred and hostility to the Philippian believers. The persecution these enemies brought against the Philippians was a free pass to their destruction because they didn’t know who they were messing with.
When the enemy comes in to try to intimidate you that means you have a revelation you have that will bring deliverance to your situation and destruction to him. When you get hold of revelation about your circumstance it becomes a free pass to destruction to the enemy in your life. You will stand as a witness and bring destruction to the enemy, so he would like to intimidate you to the point where you don’t believe that revelation.
Don’t be intimidated by the enemy. Know his tactics and ways, don’t submit to them and confront the enemy!