Anytime you get closer to the goal line the defense rises to another level. I can feel the enemy’s attack even greater than before. There is no making sense of it except to call it spiritual warfare.
I know some of you think this is just preacher talk. But, trust me when Satan sees you making God-sized progress the greater tests will come. You suddenly experience things you never saw coming.
With no extra stress my heart has been racing. With no extra physical activity my body aches even more. And for no clear reason, I can feel a dark cloud seeking to hover over me.
To counter the lies I turn to God’s word. To bring peace to my soul I pray and give thanks to God. To not get caught up in my feelings I cling to my faith in Jesus day and night. To keep renewing my perspective I ponder all the times God has made the otherwise impossible, possible.
No, it’s not easy. But, I know my heart is pure before God. And I know God will watch over me and grant me favor.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)