And maybe the camera quality is some kind of reflection too… because this week… has been crazy! My last post had to do with a spiritual attack I had experienced… and this week? Well this is what Z and I have to say about this week’s spiritual attacks:
It was like they just kept getting more and more intense. More per day. Waking up in the middle of the night with an intense heaviness to pray. Crazy things happening. “Discussions” happening with my husband for no reason.
There was one night this week that I was just getting upset. I felt justified in being upset but, really I wasn’t. I left the bedroom to pray and read the word. After about a chapter, I realized that this had nothing to do with what I was feeling. It had everything to do with another attack. So I went back to the room. I opened the door with every intention to tell my husband that I was feeling attacked and that I needed help and prayer.
THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED: from the time I opened the door to the time I got to my side of the bed (not a very long walk) I was already upset again and had completely thrown out my decision to humbly ask for help, replacing it with a decision to act selfishly and pout my way into an argument. An argument that ended up needlessly hurting my husband.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I take full responsibility for my actions. But I have to say that the battle to make the right choices… was INTENSE!
And all of this leading up to my husband starting a new job? This is what Z and I have to say about that:
Oh no! We are not succumbing to the pressure. By God’s strength, we as a family will STAND.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
or another version says:
Be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.
Today I mostly just wanted to share a little insight into our lives this week, but as I wrap up this blog post, here is a little bit of encouragement:
When things in your life start to get hectic, I challenge you to be alert. I challenge you to ask God for the wisdom that He promises to give (James 1:5). Ask Him to show you what is really going on. I challenge you to not get caught up in the details of that fight you just had with your spouse. Stop looking at how many things didn’t go your way in your day. I challenge you to stop focusing on the words your coworker used to offend you, and instead ask God for eyes to see the situation from His perspective.
What you will find more often than not is that there are two things going on:
1. An evil scheme
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
He is seeking to devour our marriages, our families, our christian unity, our witness, our effectiveness, and more. If we are in Christ, we belong to the Father. We are secure in Him. But there is still a lot of power and purpose in our lives that the enemy would like to thwart.
2. A holy opportunity
Genesis 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
God really is supreme. The devil has a way of puffing himself up to seem more powerful than he is. God is able to take the little power that he has- what man (or the devil) intends for evil- and turn it into good. So with every attack, there is an opportunity for us to see God in a deeper way. To choose Him even in the storm. To experience His power in our weakness.
I suspect that if you ask God for eyes to see… you might be sticking your tongue out at the end of the week too. Because really, with God as our Father- what can stand against us?
Thanks for letting me share my journey with you! Please comment below!