“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” (Ephesians 6:12).
Ever since my son was young he loved the Bible’s battle stories. Whether it was David versus Goliath or a battle against a storm, He wanted to hear how God entered the battle and defeated the enemy.
Many of us take comfort in Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Sounds simple, right? God will fight our battles. Yet, just as David had to find the courage to walk forward with a few rocks in His pocket we too must face the battle. We are still a player, not able to take the seat of a distant observer.
Multiple times a day Satan is fighting for our soul. If he can just chip away at our faith in the Lord, he will win. How does he do this?
Emotions: discouragement, hopelessness, negativity, anger, pity, and envy to name a few.
Separation from the Father: praying less, avoiding confession of our sins, justifying our actions due to pain, procrastinating reading His Word.
How we cope with pain: lashing out, using it as an excuse, negative self-talk, how we deal with side effects.
Each of these are ways Satan wins. A little at a time.
In a recent devotional by Joni Eareckson Tada she shared how a friend said that her wheelchair straps resembled bandoliers worn by soldiers who are prepared to go to battle.
We must remember that we are in a war and those of us with illness are given many extra burdens to carry through all the battles we will face. It is vital we never allow Satan those little wins without quickly going to the Father’s feet with confession and begging for His help. He will fight out battles, but we must recognize them and ask for His victorious presence.
Prayer: God p, You are fighting for me! Satan has no power against You… unless I give it to him. I confess that when I am exhausted and weak, when my illness seems to take away everything, it is so easy to give Satan a “little win” and just give into his battle for me. Help me be strong so that I can be more like You, able to resist his fight for me. Amen.
About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries, a woman with rheumatoid arthritis, and at times a battle resistor. Who has the energy to fight? She hopes to choose her battles wisely and that involves being aware of her thoughts and actions so that satan doesn’t even get a little win. Lisa’s new book, “REFRESH ME, LORD: Prayer for those with Illness” is nearly done and she is eager to get it into your hands, as it has been a spiritual warfare battle magnet.
When satan attacks us it is a very personal attack. Where or when do you find you are at your weakest? If you are willing to share, let us pray for one another so we can resist his temptations.
This song is “Stand in the Rain” with SuperChick and the lyrics may touch your heart. (I know the line about being afraid to cry because you won’t be able to stop is me!) Listen, as I think you will find some lines you may relate to as well. Despite the battle we are facing ever day, the fears, and more, we can stand firm and God will be beside us. -Lisa