Sometimes your day is going well. In fact it starts off ok. You might go to church. You might sing along with praise. You might listen to the sermon, but deep down inside you know something is wrong, but you can’t put your finger on it. You can sense that something is going to happen, but you don’t know what or when or if it will even happen that day. In my last post I said that God is very smart. The devil is pretty smart too because He knows when to attack you at your weakest. When people around you who you have the most impact on are going to look at you and think, “That is not someone who loves Christ and lives by Christ’s principles.” It is going to be one of those tests, and it all depends on how you react. Now a mature Christian will have enough character in that type of situation to recognize it before it happens, but when you are still in quite the “adolescent” stage of your spiritual walk and still have a lot of growing to do, you won’t be able to recognize it. I think two of the most things that help in spiritual warfare, are wisdom, and agape (love). It takes wisdom on how to deal with Satan and how to deal with others. It takes agape to walk in your relationship with God, to learn how to love God fully, and to love others fully, and to love yourself fully. When you are not developed with a proper conscience loving yourself might be hard. If you have a root of bitterness then loving others might be hard. And this is an important warning, if you are feeling dead and dry, it is not always good to pray for God to soften your heart because He might do it with a “meat tenderizer” like Joyce Meyer says. God might try to hammer your dry, hard, steel heart, into something soft and malleable. So when you see that happen, take some time out for yourself and go to a place where you don’t have any responsibilities to people or things to do, and just sit and worship. Put some soaking music on and bathe in His Presence, and most importantly wait because He will show up. It is this daily part of waiting and marinating in His Presence that equips you when these type of attacks come.
Satan likes to make you feel like a victim, and there are days, believe me, there are days, and he has tried everything, I mean everything to get you down and make you blaspheme God, but then the devil might use your own very lips to get you into trouble and get you into victim mode. It may be with your spouse, or your children, or your parents, or even your friends. The first initial reaction is usually not the best. Do NOT let the devil get the best of you on a bad day. People don’t know when someone is having a bad day. You can’t tell by the way they look. Some people seem like they are having a bad day. Or maybe it is because every time they try to tell you something you end up fighting. It may be part yours or part theirs, and the problem is communication, and priorities. For someone a priority may not be as important as you think it is, and for you a priority might not be something that they think it is. He wants nothing more than for you to be a victim and make you doubt who God is. Once you know you are in Christ, and have the confidence assured in that faith, and are grounded in love – then nothing by means will harm you. You can go quoting scripture all day long, but unless you are grounded in love then it is not going to get you anywhere.
When you are weak, be prepared, because even though God is your strength when you are weak, sometimes He lets you go through experiences to make you draw nearer to Him and sometimes, satan takes advantage of the time that you are weak to “make a spectacle” out of you, because he hates the fact that “he has been made spectacle of”. The best way to fight satan, is not to fight him with your mouth, but to fight him, with your attitude. He doesn’t like when your attitude in all circumstances, is developed in the fruits of the Spirit, – be that love,joy,patience,peace,kindness,gentleness,faithfulness,goodness and self-control.
God has strange ways of working. One of His main ways of working is through pain. He doesn’t like to use pain, but when people hurt, especially people of God hurt, they are more tuned to turn to Him, in their time of need. Also this is part of the test and trial process. We all learn through life experiences, which is more knowledge than we can ever get in a book (except the Bible because it is the WORD of God and the main teacher on how to react on these things). Once we have actually been through something, we know that we have what it takes to get through that situation and come out on top. In Hannah Hurnard’s book, Hind’s feet in High Places, the main character, goes through trials and tests, and every time she gets through a difficult patch, she create an altar to the LORD, who in this case is identified as the Shepherd. Even in the Old Testament, the LORD asked people to commemorate altars to signify a victory and God often takes your mess and turns it into Message – [FYI: In the Message Bible – Message stands for Gospel or Good News]. It’s ok if no one can see your altars or if they are shared on a blog per say, but He always takes the pain that you feel, and the emotions, situations, and circumstances, and turns them around for good.
Sometimes after the trial or test, and you failed miserably, and you grieved the Holy Spirit, God will find a way to let you “escape” and not to bear more than what is necessary. This is because He loves you. Come on, He knew you were going to do it to begin with. Sometimes we are not even aware of the test or trial and how it is happening, so during the trial we may not have the right kind of attitude, but if we learn from that trial the right kind of attitude that we are supposed to have the next time that we go through it then we will at least be a little bit better prepared. Don’t be surprised if you hear a sermon or preach a sermon, and the very next thing you are tested in that very area in, which you were engaging yourself in.
So if you have been attacked and you don’t know what to do, and you have a battle scar and you want to know how to heal then understand this: It takes time to heal. Everyone heals in different ways. Everyone has different ways to respond to situations. Even you have different ways you respond to different situations but it will go away. God will allow you to heal. The best way to heal – I don’t know if I’ve said it before – is to do something for someone else. Find someone more weaker than you are and try to build them up through the pain that you went through. When you feel like there is no hope for you, go to a place where there is no hope for someone else, and let them see the little hope that you do have, that despite what you are going through, you can still be an example of light of Christ. It may not be to the person or in the same situation you faced the circumstances with, but reach out to someone else. It is the best way and it is one way to love your neighbor. So if you fail in one area you are not a total failure if you can use the situation to change someone else’s life, or even if you learn from it.
Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention that some days be may be more spiritually prone to attacks than others because of their spiritual significance. You can usually tell when those are by doing a little research and keeping your eyes open. On those days in particular keep your guard up and be particularly nice to everyone because on those days because what you say and do could make a lot of impact.