Under Siege

I just had a revelation about something.

Earlier this year I moved to Denver, CO and have been without a church home. Every now and then I would read a Bible passage or an Our Daily Bread devotional or turn on some Gospel music or stream a sermon, but only every now and then.  A few months ago, I started visiting churches because I started to feel spiritually drained and lost. I started to read a little more, stream more services, and listened to more Gospel music and around the same time a coworker turned on me like a rabid dog.

I always knew her actions were the work of a demon spirit – the devil, but didn’t understand or know why the attack was occurring. But until recently, and I mean today, I hadn’t put two and two together. I had been out of church for almost 6 months and I was slipping away from God.

Picture Satan kicking his heels and saying another one for the my kingdom.

Everything was going splendidly at work and when I decided to start looking for a church – it happened. She didn’t turn rabid all at once. It was gradual. The hostility increased and about three weeks ago it came to a head, which is about the time I began thinking about joining a church. I started attending Bible study, reading and studying a little more and enjoying getting back into the life of Christ.

I find it interesting, but more disturbing because when things came to a head, I almost joined but held myself back and on Monday my coworker was in full rabid mode.

Well Satan, I must congratulate you – you got two birds with one stone. I didn’t join and your good and faithful servant was in full attack mode. However, I am determined that the only victory that will be had over  me is that of God. He and only Him is and will be the supreme ruler over me.

Remember Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:23,

Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me.

And, I, too, echo that sentiment.

I have been praying for her off and on, but this weekend was the first time I took a hard and close look at how I was praying for her and what I was praying for. I came across Matthew 5:44 when I was looking for something else,

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Okay that’s not going to be easy I thought. And it’s not, but I did.

Prayer changes things, right? It may not happen today or tomorrow or next week or next month, but it will happen. So, I’m going to keep praying for her and if you feel convicted feel free to pray for her and me, too.

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