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.
A war designed to stop me from pursuing my calling. Stopping me from encouraging women to find hope, joy, and contentment through an intimate relationship with Christ. The objective of this spiritual attack is to convince me that I do not have the time or energy to spend on my writing and speaking ministries, and my small group bible study.
This year I decided it was time to get serious. I recorded my goals, defined what tasks need to be done to reach my goals, and began completing the tasks. An aggressive yet realistic plan.
Perhaps my efforts were seen as a threat. A threat that enemy forces could no longer tolerate without taking action. Attacks are taking place to prevent me from achieving my goals, strategies that are common to all of us.
The four Ds; Distraction, Dissension, and Debilitation.
I was talking with two other small group leaders, and we agreed to take a week off of Facebook. I have also intentionally avoided turning on Fox News. What a drain, it not only takes time to consume all this material but, it was occupying my thoughts. It was dragging me down and wearing me out.
The week is over, and I do not miss Facebook or the hours of news I successfully avoided.
As I write it out, it seems so obvious that this is all designed to interrupt me. I can’t believe it works so well.
Also, I have had responsibilities of helping out my parents. My older sister is out of state and offers advice and emotional support, and my younger sister helps on the weekends. However, because I live less than ten minutes from my parents, and my schedule is flexible it makes sense for me to take on most of the responsibility. I have been taking my parents to and from doctors appointments and hospital visits, acting as an advocate, helping my Dad learn how to use his wearable medical technology, and helping out around the house. Perhaps this is the beginning of a long-term shift in our relationship; it is hard to tell. But I easily become overwhelmed.
Also, I have the emotional wounds caused by loved ones, intentional or not; they can drain me just the same. The enemy wants me to think the wounds are life threatening requiring intensive care, yet they are only flesh wounds. A bandage of a prayer of forgiveness and perhaps a healing conversation is all that is needed.
Emotional warfare has proven debilitating in the past. I need the Lord’s strength to march successfully through this scrimmage. Jesus gladly offers to carry the stress as I perform the daily tasks. When I trust Him, it is a manageable load. Recognizing that the opportunity to serve my parents is a precious gift for both my parents and me, transforms the burden into a blessing.
Time to Fight, Time to Pray!
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. Ephesians 6:18
I am not strong enough on my own to defend against the enemies tactics of distraction, dissension, and debilitation, but when I seek God in prayer and rely on His strength, I am properly equipped and dressed for victory.
Priscilla explains, “In spiritual warfare, as we detect enemy activity and deploy the different pieces of armor, our prayers need to be fervent and specific, strategic and personal.”
Lord give me eyes to see that dissension is just an evil scheme designed to interrupt me. I pray that my sons will learn how to resolve disagreements on their own. Help me avoid the distractions that waste my time, and consume my intellect. Give me strength to serve my parents and may I always cherish the gift of time with them. Teach me how to pray fervently and specifically and may my prayers be strategic and personal.