The last few weeks have been hell.
Okay, maybe that is a little dramatic. But seriously, it has been one blow after another since the She Speaks conference last month. It’s not by chance. I have a clear understanding of why my family, my friends, and myself are being attacked right now. I am writing today to tell you, I am not scared. I am not scared of the devil.
You see, I went to She Speaks knowing that God was calling me to take that next higher step in my life. I knew He was asking more of me, I just didn’t know fully what that meant or how that road would look. I expected to come away from the weekend with a clear vision and plan for where God wanted me. Instead, I walked away with a clear understanding that God wasn’t asking for my opinion, He was asking for my obedience.
Here’s the thing about experiencing “anointed appointments” and taking that next step God is calling you to . . . the aftermath sucks. Sorry for the blunt wording, but it just does. As I departed the parking lot of the Embassy Suites I could feel his presence. Not God’s presence – but Satan’s. It was as if one second I was surround by Jesus and all my Jesus girlfriends, and then instantly that bad piece of burnt popcorn creeped in. The weeks following that moment have swarmed my life with hurt, anxiety, grief, loss, and heartache. Satan has been on my case 24/7!
The thing is, I know his schemes. I went to the conference expecting some resentment from my enemy to follow. I was ready for a battle, but not a war. And this month has been full-out war. I know the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. And I also know that Jesus came that I may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). As the struggles started pouring in I committed myself to stay in His Word daily. One passage of Scripture was all I needed to read, over and over again. Ephesians 6 gives us a powerful message:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
The apostle Paul knew better than anyone the wars that rage when you give your life in service to Christ. To often, we go to a conference or have some spiritual mountain top experience and then as we return to our daily lives things settle down and get back to normal. When we return back to our routine lives, Satan is content. But when we return committed and begin to take action on what God has revealed to us, Satan starts to get the jitters.
It’s easy to sit in church and talk about spiritual warfare. It’s another to live in it. I want to encourage you today, no matter what the enemy is throwing at you, put on the full armor that God has given you. Put on that armor and then stand up strong in the power of the Holy Spirit. There is power in knowing who your enemy is and acknowledging what he is up to.
Be strong my friends. Find joy in knowing you scare the socks off of Satan. Fight the good fight. And finish every day well.