Over the past few weeks, I’ve never faced greater amounts of adversity in my life. Some will say its coincidence, but could it be related to my seeking to give God more than ever. While I’ve seen God do miracle after miracle around me and through me, I’ve been attacked every step of the way. My body has been struck with unexplainable aches, pains, allergies, and fatigue. Freak things have happened to take me off course. Recently, even our bank account was hacked for hundreds of dollars by some online predator. I can promise you this, what I’m about to share is real and has much to do with these matters.
Many will read this as just another post or an interesting story. If you’re smart you’ll take every word to heart. None of us are exempt from what I’m about to share. If you’re a true believer in Jesus Christ you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you don’t take your faith seriously you’re likely oblivious as to what’s happening. I’m tired of seeing friends and loved ones blindsided because they never saw this coming. What I’m about to share comes out of a present battle that will not end until I take my last breath. When I went to copy and paste this document onto my blog it took several attempts. Every time I tried, it put every word in red and drew lines through every word. I could not believe what I was looking at. It was if Satan was in control of even my computer.
I’ve always believed there was a right and wrong. That in this world exist forces of good and bad. I grew up hearing about this person called Satan. Most of my life, I feel I treated him as some make believe villain who chased people around with a pitch fork. Of course, I’m basing this off of pictures many have drawn to give the devil a face. I can tell you this, what I’m about to share with you Satan does not what you to hear.
Our greatest battle in this life is not with the government or each other. Our greatest battle is with the demonic forces that attack us all in different ways. Scripture tells us to “Stay alert for the enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking those he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) Notice it doesn’t just say Satan wants to just hurt you, but he is determined to devour you. He wants to destroy your character, your hope, your marriage, your family, and every dream God has for you. He does this in more ways I than I could ever mention. The main thing I want you to know is that just as God exists, so does Satan.
Next, you have to learn to recognize the enemy. I’ll never forget a friend of mine that said, “Pastor, Satan only has a few outfits. We’ve just got to figure out what he is wearing.” I’ve learned over time how right on target this was. In reality, Satan goes about things the same way he just disguises things differently. He seeks to entice us with a lie, unsettle us through emotion, and lead us down paths that are far from promising. The more you recognize what his schemes look like the quicker you can recognize the enemy at work.
Thirdly, your best approach to dealing with Satan is not alone. You must put on what the scriptures refers to as the full armor of God. You need know God’s truth so you can confidently counter the lies Satan feeds you. You need to be led by God’s spirit, not your flesh, are you will fall prey often. You need to stay in prayer as the arrows from Satan’s bow will continue to come your way. You must surround yourself with other believers as there is nothing Satan likes more than to see anyone travelling alone.
Finally, you need to take this battle with Satan very seriously. I have learned over time that new levels do mean new devils. If your faith is growing you will face adversity. Satan will do everything within his power to re-route, discourage, depress, and destroy any head way made. Only with God’s help can you overcome anything Satan throws your way. If you try to take this battle into your own hands you lose every time.
I am personally seeking to do everything I can to live for Jesus daily. The further I go the greater the adversity becomes. I’ve learned that this battle is way bigger than me. This battle is not an event, but a huge reality in this life. As long as I’m living in this fallen world I will be tempted, tossed, and attacked by Satan who only wants to take me down. Therefore, I have to stay in God’s word, pray continually, and keep my eyes on Jesus. Otherwise, Satan will take me down alleys and roads God never intended for me to travel.
(1 Peter 5:8-9) Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
(John 10:10) Jesus said, Satan comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
(Ephesians 6:12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.