“Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him” (I Samuel 18:12).
Satan envies and fears most those who have been with God in prayer and are determined to stand up and fight in faith. Satan fears even a small army of those who are girded up in faith for a fight. He cowers before those who are up on their feet and ready to resist. And because he fears you, his design is to neutralize your fighting spirit.
The devil does this by trying to flood your mind with defeating, distracting, hellish thoughts that breed mistrust and questions about God’s power. He will scream into your mind and spirit, “It’s no use fighting any more. You are too weak from your personal struggles. You are never going to be an overcomer. The powers of hell are just too big to overcome. So, you might as well relax. You don’t need to be so intense about the battle anymore.” (Remember the acronym I gave you? T.I.S. Thoughts, Ideas, Suggestions).
Many times Satan will plant a thought in your mind that attacks you at your weakest spot. You might be making a stand on a particular Word that the Lord has given you, a particular promise that you need to apply faith on. He will come up and try to make you give up or waiver from the Lord’s promise to you.
Remember Job’s experience. All hell seemed to come at him, and then his wife comes, and in her grief cries, “Oh, curse God and die.” You know Satan must have had his eyes peeled on Job right then! He must have been watching to see the effect of that attack.
“Curse God and die!” His wife didn’t say anything when all the wealth was lost or when all her children died, but now, watching her husband suffer put her over the edge. “It would be better for you to be dead than to be in such suffering. The God you have served must have forgotten about you.”
Does that sound familiar, to you? I hear people say, “God can’t be the ‘God of Love‘ if He is going to let someone suffer.” “When the Bible says that God will ‘rescue you out of all your troubles,’ that’s not what it really means.” “Obviously God has abandoned you.”
Is it a dangerous thing to fall into the hands of God? Can He be trusted? Why would God stand back and allow the enemy to bruise His children? “Lord, it isn’t supposed to be this way.”
Others will ask you why you keep praying, “You know God’s not listening to you.” “You’re forgotten, you’re nobody. He doesn’t care about you.” “You were better off before you met God.”
You should know by now that Satan specializes in lies, confusion, desperation, and depression. He will move into your greatest weakness or need and throw his worst in your faces, then sit back to see what will happen.
This is all a distraction! Satan’s entire strategy is to get you to take your eyes off the victory of the Cross. He wants to turn your focus onto your weaknesses, your sins, your shortcomings—and that’s why he turns up the heat of your present problems and sufferings. He wants to make you believe you aren’t strong enough to go on. But your strength is not the point: Jesus’ strength is!
The fact is, we are all going to be in a fight until we either die or Jesus comes back. We may be given seasons of calm, times of reprieve. But as long as we are on this earth, we are engaged in spiritual warfare. And there is simply no end to these battles. That’s why Paul says Jesus has given us weapons that are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. We have been equipped with weapons that Satan cannot withstand: prayer, fasting and faith.
The time has come for us to get our focus unstuck from our current afflictions. We must take our eyes off our trials and fix them on the Captain of this war. Jesus holds the key to all victory and he has promised us: “I have supplied you with every weapon needed for battle. And I am ready and willing to give you strength in times of weakness.”
If you are becoming distracted and feel like giving up, stand up, wherever you are and shout: “No! I may not know everything that is going on, but I know my Lord is good! I will stand strong, I will overcome. I will cling to the Rock of my Salvation and I refuse to quit!”
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