Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Unseen War

To any of you reading who are unsure about this "Christian thing," I don't mean to freak you out. But there is something very evident throughout the pages of Scripture. We are in the midst of a spiritual battle. In fact Paul tells us in Ephesians that we ultimately are not battling flesh and blood--your spouse, your coworker--we are battling principalities of darkness. Wow. Thinking in those terms really sheds light on the topic of conflict.

It makes me ask, does the enemy know who I am?

There are a number of times where God reveals in the Bible some of the happenings in the spiritual realm. And it seems that the enemy of God makes requests to God to attack certain children of God. Did you catch that? He has to ask. And it appears that he attacks those who may be a threat to his agenda. So again, does he know who I am? Or does my witness not cause from him a second glance?

In Luke 22 Jesus actually tells Simon Peter, "Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren." The flip side to the enemy's request is that God sometimes allows his sifting--but not without purpose!

Trials and tribulations in this life, whether self-imposed or a product of spiritual attack, hold with them the ability to grow your and my faith. But we have to keep our gaze upon God. In some ways, to truly experience "victory through trials," we have to allow God to "show off" in our lives. Trust Him and allow Him to work through your situation. Seek Him and His ways. Let Him prove Himself faithful to His Word.

Though there is a spiritual battle, we know the Victor. The enemy may try to distract us or even ruin our witness, but ultimately God can use all things for His good. If you call yourself His child--meaning you have accepted the sacrifice of Christ as your own--then you can trust that He will only allow that to come into your life that has passed through His hands. The result of deeper intimacy with your Creator will be worth the fight.

So keep at it, friend. Fight this fight of faith.

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