The Enemy’s Target
I gave a testimony in a previous blog post, which I believe is good to do when the Lord blesses us significantly. This is a reciprocating blessing to the Lord for His kindness in our lives, and a shared blessing to others. This is a way of inviting others to share in the Lord’s blessing and I believe it helps strengthen all our faith.
As you have shared testimonies in the past, I wonder if any of you experienced attacks from the enemy?
I can most definitely see and give testimony to God’s mighty hand in my life in recent days, yet in the past week the attacks and battle was stepped up a notch. As my faith seemed to increase through the events and blessings, Satan was ready to cause it to waver with his brand of doubt, destruction, and depression. As a friend put it, “The enemy is the enemy, and he is out to attack us.” I stuck my head out in giving a testimony and the enemy took aim at it.
I found comfort this past week in 1 Kings 18, where the Lord used Elijah to defeat the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. You are probably familiar with the passage where the fire is brought to the water soaked logs, then afterward the Lord fills Elijah with the power to ran back to Jezreel on foot, beating Ahab in his chariot (I always thought that was cool!).
After reaching Jezreel, Elijah is overcome with fear when Jezebel threatens him. Fear - one of the enemy’s weapons. Doubt, another weapon the enemy uses, can also be inserted here as Elijah doubted God could be stronger than Jezebel. God lets Elijah run until he is exhausted, then reveals His glory and splendor, and even feeds Elijah! I know many of you are more familiar than I with these passages; and we have all most likely heard many teachings on these verses, but you know how God can take something with which we are so familiar and make it applicable in a new way!
I am thankful to our faithful God as He strengthened me in the midst of the attack in the same way he strengthen Elijah – well ok, not the same way, because I wasn’t in a cave and He wasn’t passing by the cave, but the results were the same.
I highly doubt the battle is anywhere from being over, but the mere fact there is a battle is encouraging. This is a great indication and a confirmation we are engaging in something way bigger than all of us. Can you see it? Can you see the vision the Lord is giving you to carry on with your mission and let not the enemy distract you? This is the vision God gives us to carry us past the pitiful attacks of the enemy.
When we pray for one another, let me encourage you to pray for strength in the midst of the battle. Pray for the vision to be larger than the attack. And, if you are reading this and thinking you are without a vision, ask the Lord to make it more apparent to you – this is a valuable weapon in the midst of the attack. I believe the Lord has given us all a vision, or a mission in life… we just need to be reminded sometimes.
I pray your mission is larger than the enemy’s attacks against you. Would you pray the same for me?
And, of course through it all, I should ask the question: Are you tough enough to be a Christian?
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