As many of you know, a great deal of what I write walks in the message of Ransomed Heart Ministries. This ministry, along with my awesome church family, has been an intricate part of my rebirth and learning to walk with God fully, without compromise and unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 2015 has truly been the year of the Lord’s favor in my life. God took hold of my heart in the mountains of Colorado and transformed me for good, more than I had ever thought possible or hoped for. Is the transition done, no, but I now know where I stand in God’s epic story. When I see Ransomed Heart’s daily readings, which are excerpts from various books, it is a daily reminder of who I am and of the great battle and story we live in.
There’s something very substantial about giving your life over to God that simply strikes fear into the enemy. When God’s glory shines through us and we stand a beacon of light in a world of darkness, the enemy just fears us. In Waking the Dead, John Eldredge says, “You are not what you think you are. There is a glory to your life that your Enemy fears, and he is hell-bent on destroying that glory before you act on it.” The stronger we stand on the Word of God and the closer we draw to an intimate relationship with Him, the more the enemy will try to destroy any part of that relationship. Satan planned to go after what is most drawn to God’s heart, His own children. His creation. He wants to destroy that and when we pull closer to God, the more the enemy will try to strike us. We are warned of this ongoing battle. Jesus tells us the enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy. Peter tells believers that the enemy is prowling looking for someone to devour. This is an ongoing threat to the believer and the stronger your faith, the more you have to battle.
I don’t take this lightly. You can see the enemy everywhere trying to influence this world, trying to destroy the hearts of men and of God’s children. Through our pain, we can find the salvation that is in Christ, but even when we find that salvation, the pressure remains strong on us. The enemy knows the hearts of men and knows it can be easily swayed. This is where it becomes very important to stay equipped with the armor of God everyday. To be prepared to face the spiritual warfare that abounds.
Just this week, I was faced with a situation that brought a great deal of anger and emotion. Being armored up with the Father, allowed me to see this attack for what it was. The enemy was trying to take me out. It could have been very easy and still would be very easy to deal with the situation in a way full of rage and anger. This would have probably been the case previously. I stopped what I was doing, dove into the Word, and sat in prayer alone and then with my wife. I never felt stronger afterwards. Yes, I was angry, but I knew I had to change how I managed the situation and my heart. I was not going to allow the enemy to take me out in that way.
You see folks, the enemy fears us. He sends his demons into our lives on a regular basis. We have to be strong enough to recognize this, to bring the Cross of Jesus Christ between you and whatever is attacking you, and be diligent in guarding your heart from attack. Spiritual Warfare is very real and is a part of life every day life whether we choose to accept it or not. It is there. The enemy fears the heart of anyone walking with God, so will try to attack it, sometimes viciously. How you respond is your choice. As I heard Eldredge say before, we get to the life of Jesus through 1,000 small choices. Those choices make a difference on how we respond to the enemies attacks and if we choose to let it take us. Jesus always stood firm on who He is as the Son of God. Through Jesus we are now adopted into the Kingdom and can choose to stand firm on who we are in Christ. We do not have to give in. Be stronger and the enemy will fear you that much more.
“The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift up our hearts to God.” – Jim Cymbala