Have you ever noticed that when your relationship with God deepens, the enemy tries to take you down? That’s what happened to me his past week when I found myself in a spiritual battle.
I had been deepening my prayer life and relationship with God when out of nowhere, the enemy attacked me with his arrows of lies. He told me I am not a good wife, friend, sister and daughter. He tried to plant jealousy in my heart along with insecurity, fear and doubt.
The arrows flew fast and hard. “You’re overweight,” he said. “You were not kind enough to your husband yesterday,” he continued.
One after another, the arrows headed straight for me. I tried to dodge them but they came faster. My mind clouded and I could not think rationally. The walls of his lies were closing in. I could see no end to this attack.
Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes.
Priscilla Shirer says in her book Fervent, “In spiritual warfare, as we detect enemy activity and deploy the various pieces of armor, our prayers need to be fervent and specific, strategic and personal, tied to the specific needs arising at the specific occasion.”
I opened my Bible and read. I prayed. I recited scripture out loud for the enemy to hear. With my armor on, I strategically prayed to destroy the enemy’s plans. Those arrows of lies quickly fell to the ground – useless to do any harm.
This battle with the enemy is not a one-time thing – it’s lifelong. He wants me stuck in a cycle of fear and insecurity and to keep me from accomplishing the plans God has for me.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)
But thanks be to God. He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I don’t have to fear though. I have already been given victory through the blood of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for me – for you.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)
The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
And I don’t have to fight this battle alone. I have access to the one who is greater than the enemy. And so do you.
This week, I’m linking up with these great ladies:
Good Morning Monday | Monday Musings | Motivate and Rejuvenate Mondays | Sharing his Beauty Monday | Intentional Tuesday | RahRah Linkup | Tell his story | Testimony Tuesday | Wedded Wednesday | Woman to Woman Wednesday | Woman With Intention Wednesday | Faith Barista | Thought Provoking Thursday | Faith filled Friday | Fellowship Friday | Grace and Truth | The weekend brew | Susan B. Meade | Still Saturday