When The Devil Body Slams You
No matter how many times it happens you never get used to it. In fact, you try to avoid in every way possible. But, when the devil body slams you he usually doesn’t ask your permission. It’s like he comes out of nowhere. Doesn’t matter the time or day. Suddenly he knocks you to the ground.
Often this happens when you finally feel you’re headed in the right direction. In your heart and mind you’re trying to do what’s right in God’s eyes. You may have just experienced some major spiritual breakthrough. You’re excited about what God has in store. Then, just when you feel some spiritual momentum here comes your enemy hoping to wreck God’s plans.
Please know you’re not alone in this battle. We all deal with flaming arrows from the devil. Especially when the enemy sees we’re very serious about our walk with God. It’s then the he seeks to shake our confidence and shut down our faith. He figures if he discourages us enough we will give up the fight for what is right. So he continues to pounce just hoping to knock us back off track.
In these times you must hold on to your faith more than your feelings. Your own mind and heart can be used to deceive you. If you know God has led you a certain direction just keep taking the next right step. Expect the devil to not be happy, but expect God to reward your faithfulness. Often I too feel like I don’t know what hit me. Then, I’m reminded that the devil is going to do anything he can to shake me to my very core. It’s then I know I must rely on Christ and keep taking up my cross.
“Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.” (1 Peter 5:8-11)(The Message)