Any time you make a decision to place a portion of your life under God’s government, it should come as no surprise that the enemy of your soul isn’t happy about it.
Here at Nourish The Dream, we’re typically talking about business. If you’re like most of our subscribers and readers, you’re pursuing a dream that involves business success, entrepreneurship, business ownership and/or financial progress—at one level or another. And in that context, we all spend significant time acquiring skills, seeking out Wisdom and dealing with very “natural” problems. This makes it easy to forget that the battles we fight are indeed spiritual ones in their very essence.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.” (2 Corinthians 10:3 NKJV)
We all need to be reminded from time to time that we have an enemy who very much prefers to assert dominion over us in order to keep us from being effective.
And here’s another important reminder: the enemy is strategic. He always attacks you in the area(s) you are most vulnerable. He loves to target the places in your life where you have been weak in the past.
Why? Because he is a bully. And that’s what bullies do… they pick on you in places they feel like they can convince you you are weakest.
But like all bullies, your adversary puts pressure on your weaknesses because he himself is insecure.
In fact, it is his own fear that drives him to try to keep you down in the places of your life where you are making progress. What’s he afraid of? Losing a foothold in your life.
When you place an area of your life under the government of God, the enemy sees this and knows that you are making progress. Sometimes he can see progress even before you can see progress. And this is why he aims all of his energies at convincing you that no progress is being made.
Blindsided by the Enemy
Let’s take financial progress as an example. If you make strides toward truly “humbling yourself” and allowing God to act on your behalf, permitting His Kingdom to produce results instead of striving, worrying and taking on inward burdens, satan will unleash every assault he can possibly muster.
That’s when you’ll find yourself facing a surprise financial crisis: An unexpected bill, a notice from an attorney, a call from a bill collector, a deal apparently going sideways, a lawsuit or some other sudden situation will develop out of nowhere. Sometimes it’s more than one of these at a time.
When you see a whole bunch of this sort of thing piling up all at once, take notice. It may just be that an onslaught of the enemy is a visible sign that you’re on the right track. In other words: take it as a compliment. Be encouraged.
When this happens, what you do next is critical. It’s not the time to start seeing yourself defeated. More importantly, it’s not the time to start speaking defeat. Instead, it’s time to interpret this stuff as exactly what it is: a signpost on the road to success!
What I do in situations like this is go back to the Word of God and see what it says about my situation. If it’s a financial situation, here’s a list of Scriptures I might dig out and give my attention to:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:6-8 NKJV)
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV)
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV)
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV)
It’s certainly tempting to stare at the mounting evidence that things are going the wrong way. It’s also tempting to talk about all the things that are adding pressure to your situation.
But did you ever notice that Jesus didn’t talk about the issues he was addressing supernaturally? Instead, He spoke to the storm (Mark 4:39), He spoke to the illness (Luke 4:39) and He taught His disciples to speak to the mountain that represented the situation that needed to go from their lives (Mark 11:23).
My challenge to you today (or on any day you see an attack mounting) is to see yourself as God sees you: victorious over the challenges you’re facing.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
(2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV)
Is it a fight? Yes. Does our natural thinking tend to go the opposite direction? Absolutely. But is it worthwhile to engage the battle with supernatural weapons? You better believe it!Tags: Business, Entrepreneurship, Fear, Kingdom of God, peace of God, success, supernatural, Wisdom, Worry