Are You Battling Demons?

FFC989DB-F60B-4FD6-A98A-ACD4050AC0F6Where do I begin with this one? I’ve grown up knowing about God’s love, grace, and truth. Of course, it can take years to grow in fuller understanding and application of such truth. I know enough about God’s word to be dangerous. However, not matter how much we know or grow we will never arrive as perfect saints this side of Heaven.
After 33 years as a Christ follower and 25 years as a minister of the gospel I find myself in the greatest battle of my life. Many know I’ve been physically down for the past 33 months. I’m not gonna lie that my health has not been trending the direction I would prefer. It’s getting harder and harder to fight with this body day and night. Most of the time I just feel flat miserable. My hardest step each day is just to get out of the bed.
Now, one might be tempted to say “Well we all deal with something.” And I would respond by saying “I absolutely agree.” But, it’s important we each see the source of our fight. I know firsthand that the devil is out to destroy me. He is hoping to knock every ounce of strength, life, and hope out of me. He knows I’m determined to let Christ make a huge difference through me. The closer I get to my breakthrough he pounces on me like I’m his most hated enemy.
All I can do is stand firm in the faith. Renew my mind with God’s words of life while satan continually feeds me words of doubt. I’m a fighter, but I have to recognize this fight is so much bigger than me. There is a host of demons coming at me from every direction. There is only one name that makes them all stop dead in their tracks. That mighty name is JESUS. The only way I make it through each fierce battle is to face it head on in the name of Jesus.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:8-11)
 
Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10)

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