The enemy revels in our hurting and in our distress. Recently, I’ve been experiencing some spiritual attack. I’ve been experiencing a lot of feeling down and I have the fear that things that have been dealt with in the past have in fact not been dealt with. Even when I know that they have. These next few months are so important for me with finishing my degree, but I have no motivation and something is constantly telling me to not bother.
If you’re not a follower of Jesus, then envision the ‘enemy’ metaphorically. The enemy might take the form of body insecurities, sexual sin or self-doubt. The same principal applies. You know the common concept: when things are starting to go well something always ruins it? Guess who.
I’ve always been extremely susceptible to finding myself in a situation like this. So today I’m going to share with you some practical things that you can do when the enemy threatens to take hold of you. Whatever your enemy is.
Tell someone // This is perhaps the most important thing you will do. The enemy wants to isolate us. But by closing yourself to others, you will be opening yourself to attack. When we tell somebody else, we create accountability. We open a little channel of light. Your chosen confident will hopefully be able to support you and counsel you through it.
Do not believe the lies // Do not believe them. Not under any circumstance. They are not true. And they are not from God. This is not an easy thing to do but it is absolutely necessary. The enemy hopes to fill us with his lies in the hope it will separate us from our Heavenly Father. The enemy knows that his time is short and he is fighting a losing battle, so he does everything in our power to uproot our faith in the Lord.
When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies – John 8:44
Surround yourself with truths // Now I’m not saying fish for compliments in a self-glorifying, unauthentic way. But consider your attributes, your gifts and your attitudes. Are you a good writer? Do you make a conscious effort to eat healthily? Have you fully recovered from your depression? Whatever it is, make sure you tell yourself. Ask others to help remind you daily. The bible is full of truths and promises that God wants to share with us and bestow on us. Build a wall of truths so tight and steadfast around yourself that the enemy has no room to get in.
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one – Thessalonians 3:3
Draw near to God // Pray. Worship. Read the Word. Write that poem. Eat that salad. Or eat that McDonalds. Tell people that you’ve fully recovered. Do everything and anything that draws you nearer to God and to the truth and further and further away from the enemy. Rejoice in your truths and do not be afraid of the lies. It will help you keep positive and fearless. You will be strong and you will find greater satisfaction in yourself.
Has the enemy been telling you something? If you need someone to talk to about what you’re going through, I’d love you pray for you. You can leave details in the comment section below or leave me a message here. Stay encouraged, friends!