Many times in the course of our lives as Christians, problems and difficulties arise that are deliberate attacks of invisible demonic forces in the spirit realm. Satan will use other human beings who are under his control (knowingly or unknowingly) to come against us. But we must not be dismayed or perplexed when we are confronted with these fiery trials, for God Himself will fight for us and give us the victory.
“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.”– 1 Peter 4:12
When difficult situations occur we may even wonder if God is mad at us. But, as we pause and examine our lives and the consistent obedience of our faith, we eventually come to the conclusion that many of these trying circumstances are an outright attack of our spiritual adversary – the devil. He is generally the source of these fiery trials and in Jesus’ name, we must stand against him with by putting on the whole Armour of God and remain strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
“…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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.” – Eph. 6:10-12
It should not surprise us how much the devil’s hates us for being a bold witness for God. As such, he will try to fight us any way he can – even using the people that surround us. When these same people speak evil of us, or go out of their way to make our lives difficult, or try to rob us of our peace and joy in Christ, we must remember where the attack is coming from and who is pulling their strings.
As we pray and stand on God’s promises of deliverance over the devil and every enemy that rises up against us, we can see the salvation of the Lord in due time. We can be at peace knowing that “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment [God] will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,’ declares the LORD.” – Isaiah 54:17
Relax and trust that God is in control. He has promised us to be an enemy to our enemies, and an adversary to our adversaries.
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
COMMENT from Lily: “A word of wisdom. A real and lasting freedom must be controlled by love. Freedom to do as one pleases, without regard for others or for the circumstances, is destructive. Christian liberty is freedom to love and to serve. It is abuse when it is made an excuse for loveless behavior or inconsiderate actions.”