I am so excited about what I’m about to share with you in my letter today. This is going to be really helpful to you — it’s filled with common sense about what you need to do to keep the attacks of the enemy OUT of your life!
But first, let me ask you how Denise and I can be praying for you this month. This is not a cliché statement. We genuinely want to know how we can pray better for you! Every day — every morning and every night — I spend time praying for our friends and partners. Every day when I wake up and when I go to bed at night, the Lord hears me talking to Him about you and my requests for Him to move mightily in your life. That’s why if you have a specific prayer need, it would be great to know it. It will help Denise and me and our team pray specific and focused prayers for you!
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But today I want to minister to you about being on guard against spiritual attacks because as you grow in your spiritual walk, attacks on your life may begin to escalate. The adversary doesn’t want you to grow. Spiritual growth in your life equals real trouble for him and his dark kingdom. He would much prefer that you remain infantile in your spiritual life so that you can inflict on him no serious damage.
Satan is well aware that your growth in God’s Word and in the power of the Holy Spirit poses a grave threat to his domain. So he may attempt to make a preemptive strike against you to slow down your growth. Do not be surprised by such strikes!
In regard to these kinds of attacks from the devil, the apostle Peter said, “Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Peter 5:9).
These attacks are attempts of the adversary to drive you back from your land of promise. He doesn’t want you to obey God’s Word and experience blessing. This is exactly why the writer of Hebrews told his readers, “But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions” (Hebrews 10:32).
I want you to understand that a fight nearly always follows illumination — revelation knowledge of God’s Word and His will. That’s why it’s so important for you to realize:
- An attack against your finances is not unique.
- An assault against your body is not unusual.
- A strike against your church is not an oddity.
Satan comes to challenge you when you are gaining new ground. He strikes with an unrelenting force to shove you back into spiritual despair. He wants you to retreat and back off from the frontlines of battle! But by knowing ahead of time how the enemy works, you will be mentally prepared to deal with such challenges. Your knowledge of how and when Satan attacks will equip you to deal with these assaults more intelligently. So it’s also important for you to realize:
- These attacks normally come when you least expect them.
- They usually come from a direction you would have never dreamed of in a million years.
- They are specifically designed to catch you off guard and to take you by surprise.
If you are mentally prepared and alert to the way the enemy operates and to the potential of an attack, you have already eliminated half the battle. Mental preparation removes the element of surprise. This will always give you the upper hand against the enemy.
This is what I want you to understand: As long as you do nothing for God, you can be confident that you will not face this kind of opposition from the enemy. However, when you begin to do what God has called you to do and you start experiencing a measure of success, you must stay mentally alert and aware of his tactics!
Remember that the violent winds that swept in to destroy Jesus and His disciples came at the very moment when Jesus’ ship was headed toward the shores of the Gadarenes (see Mark 4:35-41). Once Jesus reached the shores, He was going to cast a legion of demons out of the demoniac of Gadara. This would be one of the greatest miracles of His earthly ministry. Satan knew that Jesus was going to perform this miracle, and he knew he was about to lose a prized possession — the demoniac. Therefore, the enemy struck with all his fury to abort the miracle-working power of God.
In the same way, the devil loves to strike Christians today when they are about to come to the shores of their own “Gadara” where the miracle-working power of God will be loosed in the lives of the people involved.
But be confident that no matter what attack the devil levels against you — whether he attacks the church leadership, assaults the church finances, or causes strife and discord to erupt among church members — “…greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Satan hates the Church of Jesus Christ, and he hates you! And when you are illuminated and are determined to do God’s will, you become a menace from Heaven that has invaded territory once secured by the domain of darkness. To discourage you and stop you from making further inroads in this earthly sphere, the devil may make an effort to attack your progress.
But stay on track and stay in the fight! If you stay the course and let the power of the Holy Spirit work through you — and if you stand firm on the promises of God’s Word — no attack will find success against you. That is what you are promised in Isaiah 54:17, which says, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…”!
If you feel like you’re under some kind of attack and need spiritual support, remember we are here to pray and intercede with you. Call us at 1-800-742-5593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Denise and I and our team feel a spiritual responsibility to undergird you with fortified prayer, so please be sure to let us know how to pray for you. And please do the same for us! We really cherish your prayers, and we are so thankful for your faithful support of our ministry.
We love you and thank God for you!
We are your brother and sister, friends, and partners in Jesus Christ,
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