Pastor, you are being targeted. It is no secret that if the enemy can take you out, many of your followers will also be taken out.
In Matthew 26:31 Jesus informed His disciples that they would scatter when He was attacked: “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ He was referencing the prophecy in Zechariah 13:8 which detailed His brutal death. He was also telling them that none of them would be there for Him in His darkest hour.
If you are a spiritual leader, make no mistake; the devil is zeroed in on you. He has you in his crosshairs.
Should you be afraid? No, but you should take some precautions:
`Surround yourself with a prayer covering – both from yourself and from other people. This needs to be more than casual. Intentional and strategic prayer is needed.
`Don’t take unnecessary risks: don’t go where you don’t belong, stay away from the things that tempt you, avoid people that pull you the wrong direction.
`Maintain your spiritual disciplines. It is in prayer and meditation and fasting and the Word that you remain strong.
`Stay accountable. While solitude is important, too much time alone is unhealthy. Be close to your spouse, your family and your friends.
`Stay close to God – it is in Him that you are secure.
There is a target on your chest! Don’t underestimate your vulnerability and don’t undervalue God’s protection.