New Levels, New Devils

Anyone who knows me knows I seek to be very transparent. I’m just a man like everyone else. I try my best in everything I do. Unfortunately, I fall short constantly. Right now, I’m experiencing the worst and best in my life. Please allow me to explain.

On one hand I’m seeing God do many amazing things. People are coming to Christ weekly. Church services are full every Sunday. I’m seeing God bless my obedience to His call on my life. Even within me God is doing a new work as He teaches me how to truly walk with Him. Not just work for Him.

These new levels have brought new devils. My body hurts as bad as ever. My heart hurts as bad as ever. Satan is attacking me, my wife and my children more than ever. We’re talking an all out spiritual war while I’m constantly feeling like a totally wounded warrior. My brokenness and depression can’t be hidden at this point.

Fortunately, I knew one day we would turn this corner and begin reaching multitudes of unchurched and lost people. I knew the devil would not like us invading territory he has dominated so long. Others who have done similar things before have experienced similar things. When your life starts making the greatest difference for Christ. You can expect the greatest adversity. Make sure you put on the full armor of God or you will not be able to finish faithful.

“Finally, 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18

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