Satan is very good at what he does. In fact, he’s the very best. He uses our weaknesses, our passions, our flaws, and even our talents to turn us away from our First Love. And his timing is impeccable.
It seems every time I step up to do something I feel God leading me to, there Satan stands waiting and ready to scare me into turning around. The days leading up to the day I met my husband were the days in which I experienced the most intense spiritual attacks I have ever known. Darkness, heaviness, and unfortunate circumstances all seemed to pile up at once. I understood the reality of spiritual warfare more than ever before. Satan was chasing me at high speed during those days. I became so surrounded by attacks that a dear sister in Christ felt called to come and stay with me for a few days, bringing with her a precious light and much needed prayer. And she voiced to me that God must have been directing me toward something wonderful if Satan was this desperate to get to me.
I took her word for it – fully believing that this much attack must be meant to keep me from something. For weeks I’d been attempting to visit a church I felt lead to. New to the town I was in, I was hungry for community and worship. Yet every time I planned to go, something completely out of my control prevented it. A sprained ankle, family emergencies, a poor sense of direction, sickness….it seemed like Satan was determined to keep me from this church. I thought at the time that he was just trying to keep me from growth and from being in the presence of other believers. But his scheming went far deeper than that.
That same dear friend determined to help me arrive on a chilly Sunday morning in December – giving up her own time of worship to make sure that nothing would stand in my way this time. And God, in His amazing love, allowed that Sunday to be one that changed my life forever. By the time I drove away from the church that evening I knew that I’d met the man I would marry. And that same man stood in that same church ten months later waiting for me at the end of the aisle. Finally, all the spiritual attacks made sense.
And that night I felt a peace fall over my heart and my apartment that I hadn’t felt in weeks – maybe even since I’d moved in.
Starting My Business
Fast forward three years and my love for writing and my desire to encourage women by pointing them back to Jesus takes shape in the form of a tiny business. And just as I take the final step into full-time ministry, here comes Satan with all of his secret weapons. Lies. Deception. Doubt. Insecurity. One attack after another came full force for myself and my husband during the week that I finally made the choice to transition out of my previous career and follow what I felt God leading me toward. And for a split second I’d forgotten what spiritual warfare was – it had been some time since I felt it in the air around me. So, when it came knocking on my door again, I believed the lie that I was too weak to handle it. And I almost gave up. I almost took back my decision to follow what God called me to. I almost let the enemy win.
Until I remembered that I can fight back. And that if God is for me then no one, not even the devil himself, can stand against me.
So, How Exactly Do We Fight Back?
There are three things to examine here:
- The Lord fights FOR US. (read: Duet. 1:30; 3:22; Psalm 34:17; John 16:33; Romans 8:31).
- We have POWER over the enemy. (read: Mark 3:15; Luke 10:19; James 4:7)
- God has given us full armour & weapons in the forms of truth, righteousness, faith, salvation, & the word of God. (read: Ephesians 6:11-17).
There are only two options when we face attacks from the enemy: turn around and run or stand and fight. With these three scriptural truths, rooted in who God is, we have everything we need to fight back against spiritual warfare. Fighting back comes in the act of declaring who God is and what His Word says. It takes form in the quiet moments we give Him praise and in the emotional nights when we verbally command the enemy to stand down in the name of Jesus. Fighting back is confidently picking up the armour and the shield God gives us in our fellowship with Him and walking through the battlefield, past the enemy, and straight into the land that we know God has promised on the other side.
The Victory Is Ours
There is one more fact we can carry with us through the battlefield that gives us power over the enemy: though we stand in the midst of a battle, we know that the war is already won. The enemy is already defeated. Satan sits like a convicted murderer outside a courtroom, just waiting for his hour of sentencing. And we sit as the free, rescued, and victorious warrior just waiting for our King to lead us back home. He can taunt, he can lie, he can come at us with every scheme he could possibly invent but he can never win.
When the battle drum beats. When the enemy sneaks up on us in the cover of night. When spiritual warfare comes at us in the form of attacks, temptation, loss, anxiety, doubt, and fear. When we stand on the battle field, we must never forget that we stand on the winning side. In fact, even the battlefield belongs to God. We fight the good fight. And Satan only attacks when he knows that we are accomplishing what God has set before us. The victory is ours, friend. Let the battle rage on – our King is soon coming to end the war.
If you found this testimony encouraging, you may want to check out Rock Bottom to Redemption: A Marriage testimony on the theme of battles.