Ever feel like you’ve got a target attached to your body at all times and no matter how hard you try to use your escape skills, you keep getting bombarded? Well, you feel that way for a reason. You are under spiritual attack.
Some days the spiritual attack comes and it seems to hamper you in no way, shape or form. Then there are other days where the attack is brutal and you’re left as nothing more than a shell of your former self.
Here’s what’s interesting: being under attack by the enemy, or under spiritual attack, is actually a good thing – it means that you’re up to something that he doesn’t want you up to. It means he sees you following the will of God and he doesn’t want you moving forward.
Trust me, being under spiritual attack is actually a good thing!
A few years back, my husband had been out of ministry for a few years and was making the decision to go back. I remember practically begging him not to go back. It wasn’t that I didn’t want him in ministry or at that particular church. It was more that I understood that him taking that step would mean that our family would be walking around with a bigger target on our chest than normal. The spiritual attack would intensify – beyond what we normally experienced.
It would mean that the more good we tried to do, the enemy was going to amp up his assault. I knew it would be hard. I knew it would be painful. I knew the attack would come.
And it did. And it was hard. And it hurt like heck.
And guess what? We survived and not only did we survive, we walked out better off than we ever were before.
Do you want to know how we survived? We fought back.
We recognized the attack for what it was. We paid attention to the signs as they presented themselves and when we saw the signs we pressed in to the Lord.
We dialed in to the Lord so that when he told us to move, we moved and when he told us to stay still, we did.
We were bound and determined not to let Satan win out – no matter what. Even when it seemed like going back to ministry had been the worst decision ever – we never stopped believing that God had planned the entire thing and he had a purpose for all of it.
We also held on to the fact that what Satan means for bad – the Lord will turn it for good.
What the enemy wants for bad, the Lord will use for good.
Sometimes, I think as humans we tend to focus on the enemy. We shirk back in fear of what he’s capable of. We run away from anything that might cause us pain or discomfort. Sometimes we wave the white flag and flat out give up on what it is God wanted us to do. So- Satan wins.
When we give in to spiritual attack, Satan wins.
What we tend to forget is that we have someone on our side. A spiritual target so to speak – and he already won the battle. God has his “army” too and they’re ready, willing and able to come to your rescue at any moment.But here’s the deal – you have to uphold your part of the bargain. You have to press in to the Lord. You have to pray and ask for his help.
Press in to the Lord and pray for his protection.
The Bible just doesn’t tell us to put on the full armor of God because the writer thought it sounded catchy – it’s there because it’s a warning. It’s a warning that bullets are going to fly your direction and you’re going to need to be ready so like the “too light” commercial scenario – the bullets bounce right off.
My prayer for you is that you are under attack. My prayer is that you do have a target on your chest. Because if you do, it means you’re doing something right! But my next prayer for you is that you’ll put on the full armor of God and prepare for battle – for the spiritual attack.
Nobody said this walk with Christ thing was going to be easy – and if someone did tell you that, they lied. But, if we’ll grab ahold of the power that he offers and if we’ll stay real close to him – the bullets won’t hurt as much and won’t leave as big a scar as most would think. We won’t walk out completely unscathed, but we will walk out- and isn’t that what matters most?
Go take on the day with the attitude: Come at me, Bro! God’s got my back! #ReadyToRumble
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