Have you wondered lately, “What is wrong with me? Why am I so discouraged and depressed?
If so, you could be under attack by spiritual forces of evil! The apostle Paul wrote about it in the book of Ephesians. He said,
“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.” Ephesians 6:10-12
Recently, a friend said to me, “I think I’m under the attack of the devil.”
I thought, “I think I am, too!”
Thinking about how we both had really geared up our efforts to be obedient to God’s will in our lives, I realized that Satan wasn’t taking it lying down! He was trying to discourage us both! He was trying to steal the Word and wear us down.
He was putting negative thoughts in our minds! Remember: Satan is the Accuser. (Revelation 12:10) He is also the Father of Lies. (John 8:44) He will attack your thoughts. Jesus said,
“Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word …” Mark 4:15
Did the devil attack Jesus? Yes, he did. Did Jesus fight back? Yes, he did. Did the devil finally give up and leave him alone? Yes, he did!
After fasting forty days and forty nights, (Jesus) was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Mathew 4: 3-4
Three times the devil tempted Jesus, and every time Jesus quoted the Word of God to him. That’s how Jesus fought back! Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the sword of the Spirit (our powerful weapon) is the is the Word of God. Jesus fought the devil’s schemes with the word of God. We can, too!
Let us praise and thank the Father, in prayer, for all the promises that contradict the discouragement and lies that come from Satan.
It is written, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)
Jesus has promised that if I remain in His love, my joy will be complete. (John 15:11)
It is written “God gives us endurance and encouragement.” (Romans 15:5)
By your grace, you have given us eternal encouragement and hope. (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
It is written, when I am weak, then I am strong because your power is made perfect in weakness! (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
I thank you, Father, because you are able to make all grace abound to me, so that in all things at all times, I will have all that I need, and I will abound in every good work! (2 Corinthians 9:8)
I can do everything through him who gives me strength! (Philippians 4:13)
WOW! I feel better already! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The Bible is full of encouragement and love for you and for me!
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