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As I continue in the Christian walk, I grow in the faith and learn about things in the faith. I understand more about the primacy of God. I understand more what our lives are to be lived for and I grow in that faith and in that personal relationship with God.
Hebrews 5:12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!
I think most Christians, many atleast are babies in the faith. I don’t think I’m any big man or powerful soldier for Christ myself. certainly not, I’m weak, it’s only Christ within me that gives me strength.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
I’m starting to believe now, with that said, that it appears – by way of observation and experience that the more we stand up and step out for Christ the more the devil attempts to attack. I’ve heard it said, if you aren’t being attacked by satan, it’s probably because you are no threat to him. Satan is happy to leave the sunday Christian alone because that sort of Christian isn’t causing him any grief, that Christian isnt fighting any battles for Christ against which the devil would feel inclined to fight.
I thought that can’t be true really, there are lots of powerful Christians who are happy with money, marriages, all good things, blessings from the lord right?! The more I look into honest Christian lives though, the Christians who I look up to and respect, the sincere ones who speak up when something isn’t right (as opposed to silence in the name of tolerance), the more I see and find out about the trials and troubles they’ve experienced – including broken marriage, death in the family, financial troubles.
If you are truly living out loud for God, I do believe now it’s highly likely that you will be feeling resistance to that, even push back and trouble and where it hurts most (family, marriage, past sins and baggage rearing their ugly heads). Satan loves the complacent Christian and attacks the conquering Christian. This isn’t a comfortable thought to be honest. In a way I’m inviting satans attack on me and my family when I live for Jesus Christ.
That invitation and action is readily demonstrated in Iraq where Isis purposely goes and kills Christian families for not renouncing their faith.
I’ve heard it said, if you aren’t experiencing push back from the evil one, you may need to evaluate where your Christian walk is. The more I live, the more I see this play out as truth. Sobering but I am not afraid.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold
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