They warned me. They said the more I help at church and the more I get involved in ministry, the more complicated life would get. I wasn’t about to let that scare me away.
They said to be ready.
They said the journey would be difficult.
They said the enemy would rise against us.
And they were right.
God gives us dreams and passions so we can pursue His purposes. The end goal is to make disciples and bring Him glory. Yet by heeding the call, we make ourselves a target, and while some people prefer to believe Satan isn’t real, the Bible is clear that he is active on this earth.
Jesus warned that there would be trouble in this world (John 16:33), yet we know that God is greater than Satan (1 John 4:4), and He give us the power to defeat the enemy (Luke 10:19). We can’t ignore our calling just because we may have hardships or setbacks. We can’t live in fear of the enemy and what he might do. We must be strong and courageous, like the Bible tells us. And we must be obedient.
So how does a person prepare for these attacks?
When I first talked with God about how to ‘be alert and of sober mind’ (1Peter 5:8), He warned me that I needed to learn more about my enemy. So I bought some study materials.
And I was surprised by one thing: Satan’s most vehement attacks are not with negative circumstances, but against our minds. He plagues us with doubt and confusion. He creates conflict in relationships and causes division between believers. He is called the father of lies, not the father of making bad things happen. The battle is less about life situations, and more about how we respond to these situations.
Satan is deceptive, cunning, and has a specific strategy designed for each of us.
This is why the Bible admonishes us many times to stand firm.
1Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
How does a daughter of the Most High God stand firm in her faith?
A few months back, I wrote a little bit about how to resist the enemy.
But it’s time to go deeper. In a series of posts over the next several weeks, I’m going to share several ways we can stand firm and defeat the enemy each day. We must:
- put on the armor of God
- be constant in prayer
- take care of our physical body
- maintain a proper focus each day
- remain fully surrendered to God
- guard our heart and mind
As we delve into each topic, we’ll see how the enemy tries to sneak into each of these areas to distract and destroy us. But we can’t let him win – we must remain strong in our faith and our calling!
We have to be at the top of our game – we can’t let anything move us. The world needs us.
“The attacks on your life have much more to do with who you might be in the future than who you have been in the past.” Lisa Bevere, Girls with Swords