I feel like most of the Christians I know today are under severe spiritual attack. I have heard so many of my closest brothers and sisters in Christ say that they are just beat down by everything that has been thrown at them lately. I’ve heard many of them say (and have experienced myself) they are struggling with depression, anxiety, financial struggles, physical ailments, problems at work, difficulty in their relationships, and more.

Finding Strength in Christ

In the past few years, I have grown a lot spiritually. I began to spend daily time with God, reading His word and praying frequently. At first, it was a chore. It wasn’t something I was accustomed to. But as I studied the Bible more, my heart began to change. The Spirit would show me parts of myself I hadn’t examined too closely. He showed me areas of my life I had neglected or allowed to become too bound to the world. I became convicted to change my habits, remove sinful things from my life, and the Spirit slowly healed and re-shaped my heart.

I still have so far to go, but I’m grateful for that daily time with God. I don’t enjoy the correction – it is often painful and difficult – but when I look back over my struggles, I see God moving in those areas and I am grateful.

As I have grown spiritually, my struggles seem to get more intense. I am more prone to depression and anxiety than ever before, I’m tired, I lack energy, and sometimes I even struggle to speak to others (I stutter or mix up my words – my aunt calls it ‘word salad’). I know now that this is not just something I suffer from, it’s an attack from the deceiver.

I recently read The Believer’s Armor by John MacArthur. It went verse-by-verse through Ephesians 6:10-19, taking each piece of spiritual armor and explaining what it was and how we can apply it to our lives. MacArthur points out that we are always in a spiritual battle. As we grow stronger in the faith, the battle intensifies. But it isn’t our job to fight Satan, it’s simply our job to “stand firm” in the faith.

Ephesians 6:18-19 says that after you have put on the armor of God, you must pray always, persevere, and speak boldly. We will have suffering in this world, but God has already overcome the world (John 16:33)!

Be Courageous

I say all this as a means of encouragement. If you are experiencing this spiritual battle, then take up the full armor of God, stand firm against the devil, pray, persevere, and speak boldly. Satan has come to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He’s coming for every blessing God has put in your life – your spouse, your children, your friends, your health, your financial security, your assets, everything. We cannot be afraid, but instead we must be courageous, seek Jesus with all our hearts, and double down to live the life He has called us to live. The Lord will provide what is good (Psalm 85:12). His plans are for our benefit, and we can trust Him to provide and care for us (Jeremiah 29:11).

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

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