Struck Down But Not Destroyed

Life’s been rough the last several months.

And yet it’s been good. My husband got into medical school (yay!); five days later we packed up our belongings and moved to a new town; three days later we flew across the country to visit family; we returned to a new home and new city, continued unpacking boxes, worked over full-time,  and traveled every weekend in between.

And somewhere within all of this excitement, my body crashed and my emotions plummeted. For a girl who is orderly and routine-driven, these changes came fast and hard. It affected me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I felt depressed, agitated, and confused. I cried everyday without reason and my body felt sick nearly all the time.

And no, I-am-not-pregnant.

It’s been a battle. And I’ve felt more like a helpless victim than a courageous fighter. The attacks came relentlessly from every direction and I’ve been unable to get up between the punches.

I know that talk of spiritual warfare can make people uncomfortable. But I’m about to go there. So if you feel uncomfortable, feel free to exit the browser now…

“Do not overestimate the power of the enemy, and do not underestimate the power of God.” -Pastor Jon Courson, Applegate Christian Fellowship

The tempter (Satan) came to Jesus after He had fasted forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. Not when He was strong and feeling capable of spiritual warfare, but when He was weakest. Friends, we must expect the same.

The attacks came in my weakest moments, masked within the chaos of life events. It wasn’t until my husband prayed over me recently that I realized what I was fighting against. It wasn’t an emotional breakdown; it wasn’t just stress; it wasn’t just change. It was demonic. It was powerful. It was persistent. And with the name of Jesus, it fled.

Friends, we are in midst of a spiritual war. The attacks extend beyond the spiritual and hit us in the physical life we live. Jesus combated Satan’s attacks with the Word of God, and that is our weapon too. So stand firmly in His Word — meditate on it and submit to it! Do not surrender to the attacks…surrender to Jesus. In His Name there is hope, and in His Word there is victory.

The battle is not over. Pray for me. And know that I am praying for you.

Fighting the Battle

A few months ago, I attended Thrive Conference with my church and heard a man named Karl Clauson speak on Spiritual Awakening. One word: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! He recently posted a blog entry regarding the daily spiritual battle we engage in, and I found it to be so well said and so vitally important for us to remember, that I am posting it on here…

Our mind is a war zone! The battle we face every single day is real (Eph. 6:10-11). Evil wants to beat us down with regret, shame and his unique ability to mock us mercilessly. I believe that the only ones immune to the constant onslaught of accusation and deception from Thrill Killer (Satan) are those so marinated in pride that they are no threat to the kingdom of darkness.

There is one weapon against these attacks that trumps all others…God’s word (Eph. 6:17). So how does this work? Read it, rehearse it and do that over again. The reason God makes multiple references to hiding truth in our hearts (Psalm 119:1)…is because walking in the truth implies the need to standing strong against the lies.

Listen, Satan is ruthless. He takes no prisoners (John 10:10). If you’re tired of getting hammered with lies and brutal attacks on you as a person…get into the word today and get the word into you!

Karl is the founder of an organization called Lifelane 180. To view his blog, click here.