War

If you know me, you know that while I may not be a quick thinker (at all), I do think . . . a lot. My mind is constantly considering, analyzing, and sometimes just daydreaming. And thinking gets me into trouble, as does the reverse (not thinking).

I've realized that for as much as I think, Satan enjoys messing with my mind.

Lately, I've felt a mental attack, if you will . . . an intensification of spiritual warfare, perhaps. It relates to some as yet undisclosed-on-this-blog details, but suffice it to say, this spring in general has seen some increased Enemy activity, and this last week or so specifically has apparently commenced a blitzkrieg. :) In any case, it seems that way. And the thoughts of some past experiences (and related feelings and lies) that Satan has been using to try to wreck the truth of what I know are hard to withstand. I was reading a random blog related to this subject today, and this sentence stood out to me:
"And I distinctly remember that it was as if these thoughts were not entirely my own."
Exactly.

I know Satan's goal is to deceive, to put a rift in my relationship with Christ and zap the joy I have in Him.
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy . . ."
      ~ John 10:10(a)
And I also know that Christ's resurrection gives believers freedom from not only the punishment for sin, but also the power of sin and Satan.
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
      ~ Ephesians 10:13
Yet, I have been realizing that I consider these attacks in a melodramatic sort of way, almost prolonging it, rather than putting on the "armor of God" and fending it off completely. One of my dear friends wrote:
". . . every day is a spiritual battle, whether we choose to fight it or not.
And when we don't fight it, we lose."
Yes, I have been feeling mentally bombarded lately. But am I fighting? Or am I using it as an excuse for who knows what and, therefore, not fighting and winning daily spiritual battles?

I know Christ has a good and perfect plan for my life. He has my best interests at heart, and He wants me to enjoy the life He offers.
". . . I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
      ~ John 10:10(b)
But Satan certainly isn't going to leave it at that. Following Christ also requires that I claim His power to overcome sin in my life and Satan's lies. It requires warfare.
"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of fatih with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all pray and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints . . ."
     ~ Ephesians 6:14-18
Still, I know that ultimately I have nothing to fear.
"Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them . . ."
      ~ Colossians 2:15
God is for me, I am on His side, and He has already won.

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