Yesterday I knew what my post was going to be about today: the next abomination God hates in the Scripture passage we began to look at yesterday. But this blog is where I share what topics and Scripture the Lord is dealing with me. Yesterday I highlighted that the Lord hates pride (haughty eyes). I’m speaking God’s truth, and shouldn’t be surprised that I’m being attacked. “Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.” (1 Pet 5:8-9)
Keep in mind that our enemy is deceptive and uses others in our lives to throw his fiery darts. Here’s the truth: this morning my feelings are hurt which has caused me to become over-the-top angry. For two days I have called three friends; I’ve left messages asking for a return call. They don’t answer the phone, they don’t return my call, they don’t even text back and say anything like “not now”, “not in the mood”, “I don’t want to talk with you”, no response at all. Okay, that’s what is happening in my physical realm life.
But as I’m talking to God He reminded me that my “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens” (Eph 6:12). So while it feels like it is my friends who have decided to gang up on me by ignoring me in unison, God’s Word tells me that it is satan and his minions who are aiming to attack me in order to make my testimony for the Lord irrelevant.
Yesterday I quoted my dear friend Shar, who is now home with Jesus: “It’s either the truth of God or the lies of the devil. There’s no middle ground.” The lies of the devil tell me I can’t trust people that I love. You know, sometimes it’s true that I can’t and shouldn’t. But the enemy is working hard right now to divide the nation, our communities, our friends so that we make the choice to be alone, which is where we are most vulnerable.
But God’s Word states: “For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor 10:3-5)
My battle is not with my friends; my battle is with the evil one. On my own I cannot win this battle, but the Lord is ready to give me His armor and fight for me if I resist the devil and depend on the Lord. “Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Eph 6:10-11)
I would like to ask all who read this post today to please lift me up in prayer. “Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” (Eph 6:18) And if you would like, please let me know how I can pray for you. Because I’m not in the world for my benefit, but to share God’s love and hope.