The Christian Life: Our True Enemy

Put On The Full Armor of God

Right now I feel that many believers are going through trials and tribulations in your own lives. Major changes are taking place, both good and bad, very possible though that the good won’t be seen for a long while until the bad has fully passed. Whether it’s relationships, jobs, mental or emotional well-being, these are difficult times especially for a believer as this world does not care about us, even if we care so deeply about those lost in the world.

This is an issue that I am convicted to write about as I have been dealing with changes in my own life, and yes I have been under spiritual attacks, especially regarding feelings of loneliness and confusion about the path I need to take in life, there are many options open to me and when I try to handle it myself, it is overwhelming to think about. I yield to the Holy Spirit to guide the way on this straight and narrow path. But the point is, these feelings do come, and it’s meant to get you to question God, or to get overwhelmed with negative emotions. When these difficult times come, you must stick to the faith more than ever.

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This verse above is speaking about Satan and his Fallen Angels, this means that the worldly people are not our enemy, they are the battlefield! This is a spiritual war for their souls. Satan attempts to bring as much of mankind down with him as he knows his fate is sealed.

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

The emotions I deal with generally revolve around the fact that I am highly empathetic, always have been, always will be. Thus I feel great sorrow for the world, for the materialistic people, the vain, the lost souls. I don’t want to see them get cast into the Lake of Fire, I want them ALL to see the truth, to submit to God, believe on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and understand the Power of God’s Grace. But it pains me because I know that most people will never see the truth, the deceptions are too strong for them. And among these lost people are family members, friends, and co-workers that I care about; whether we agree on issues or not, I want them all to be able to spend eternity with God. I’m going to share a post I wrote last night on my Facebook page dealing with this topic as it sums up my thought actually pretty nicely.

All my life I’ve been content with being alone, I never felt lonely. Yet with so much change going to be happening in my life, all of a sudden I feel like I got hit by a truck of feelings of loneliness. Despite knowing the truth of this world and sticking by it, there’s still that part of me that today is saying, “Why oh why didn’t I take the blue pill” Just be a normal person, have friends, etc. But it is what it is.

Yet I see a lot of people are under spiritual attacks recently, so I know its not just me. But dang this narrow road can be difficult at times. Rewarding yes, following my Lord Jesus Christ is amazing. But being so empathetic is awful in an evil world like this, there’s all these people that I care about, and it kills inside that they won’t know the truth, and that they won’t have eternal life and will have eternity separated from God.

I don’t even know if I have a point to this post, yet I felt like writing it out nonetheless. I’m not even quite sure if it makes sense

As you can see I wasn’t too sure if my ramblings were even coherent as I wrote it, yet I wrote what came to my mind as it was stuck on my mind. And this post got a resounding response of support, many other believers understood entirely what I was getting at. And that really helped me get through the struggle. Some took it as me questioning God’s Grace or my salvation, that is certainly not the case. I just simply weep for the lost people that we live with.

 

It is a sad truth, especially if you interact with these unsaved people on a daily basis and you genuinely care about them. But I suppose it is what it is. All we can do is warn them and plant seeds right? Just pray that they receive the truth before they draw their last breath. And in these perilous times, who knows when that may be…. You see, it’s not that I fear death for myself, I know my salvation is secured, as Grace is a free Gift from God, but for everyone else, that’s it! I mean, a tsunami could wipe out the entire U.S. eastern seaboard and overnight, tens of millions of people wind up in Hell awaiting Judgement.

We need to remember our true enemy, that is Satan and his demons. And we need to engage in spiritual warfare!

Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

We need to expose his vile works, his evil deceptions, then maybe more people can be brought to the truth, until all of God’s Elect are brought in.

Ephesians 6: 13-18

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

We must face the world with faith that God will triumph and our salvation is secured and that the Holy Spirit is working through us. We must do his Will in spiritually battling Satan’s Kingdom. Satan has a network in place that he can see our times of weaknesses, when we go through issues with loved ones, or problems with work or anything in our life. He uses these times to get at us. Just as I am going through changes and he tugged at my empathetic nature to attempt to drag me down, to attempt to get me to question my life or my faith. Thankfully he failed, I knew it was a spiritual attack. Of course that doesn’t mean it stops after snapping your fingers though, it takes time.

Satan never relents in his attacks on God’s people and the Church. So why should be relent in furthering the Kingdom of God? The answer is we shouldn’t. Of course we must spread the truth in a manner of LOVE, not hate. I wrote on this a couple days ago too. I see many spiritually lost people that are of the mindset that God hates them for who they are, and that is not right. God hates their sin and their unrepentant nature, but he loves his creations! We must show the world the power of God, the love of God, the Grace of God! The Holy Spirit works through us, the saved, as vessels if we humble ourselves and submit to the will of God. And for this we will have greater rewards in Heaven.

Again this post is more of a rambling of the Spirit, needing to get what is in my mind, out in writing. I hope I got it out in a good manner that is not too confusing. Please let me know what you think. Just as a final note, remember it’s ok to feel, just don’t let those feeling control you.

God bless!

 

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