I’m struggling today.
I can’t focus. I can’t write. I want so badly to write something. But my mind wanders every 5 seconds and I can’t get a single meaningful word out.
I hate this. I hate being bipolar. I hate having ADD. I hate that I have fibromyalgia. I hate that I can’t do things because my body just won’t allow me.
Satan is really working his magic today, it seems. He knows my weaknesses and is using them against me big time.
And I think I’m allowing him.
I must stop letting him win.
Satan has his ways of sneaking into our every day lives. Before we know it, he has taken our weaknesses, thrown them in our face and laughs at us as we struggle to break free.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:8-9
As long as we live on this earth we are going to struggle. We are going to face trials of many kinds. It says so in the God’s Word.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Consider it pure joy?? Is James saying we must be happy about going through trials and tribulations? Not at all. When we face these hardships, it’s how we respond to them that makes the difference. While it’s true that we can’t always control our circumstances, we can control how we think about them. As 1 Peter 5:9 states, we must “stand firm” in the faith. When we face trials we must respond to them with a determination that things will get better, that we will get through it. God has promised us this.
Satan LOVES to bring up the past. He knows our weaknesses and will go to any means possible to make us feel guilty about all the things we have done in our past.
Another tactic Satan uses is making us feel bad about ourselves and telling us we’re no good. With me and my writing, I’ll hear a subtle voice whisper “You can’t do this. You’re not good enough. Just give it up now.”
But you know what? Just push back. Push Satan back and tell him NO! Not today, Satan!
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Satan will use all sorts of tactics to get you to fall away from the Lord. And he’s so sneaky in how he does it. Sometimes it happens so suddenly that we don’t realize what he’s done until it happens.
But it’s time we pushed back and remind HIM of HIS future!
Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
****Let’s all please pray hard for the situation going on in the high school in Florida. If you haven’t heard, there’s been another school shooting and there are apparently a “number of fatalities.” So so sad.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Are you walking with the Lord daily? Are you getting your exercise in?
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
We live in a wicked world. A world full of evil. As Christians, we are going to come face to face with hardships in life. It’s inevitable. Paul reminds us in this passage that we are to “put on the full armor of God” so that we can withstand wickedness from the Devil.
1 Peter 5:8 says
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. RESIST him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Life is hard! But with God, ALL things are possible! And with God at the center of our lives, we will have Someone with us the entire journey. We’ll still come into hardships but with God on our side, we can make our way through it. 🙂