There are times when life flows easily but most of the time, hurdles and inconveniences crop up. Most is just a part of the tides of life. But sometimes satan does try to trip us up.
When we are wanting to grow as followers of Jesus, inevitably, the enemy will try to block our progress. But that progress, without the enemy, would be far less.
Spiritual warfare is a gift, not a curse. When we encounter struggles, hurdles, or even conflict, it is ALWAYS AN OPPORTUNITY to mature and grow in trust and fellowship with Jesus.
Currently, I’m having trouble with a tenant. This is unpleasant, but it is an opportunity too. Because I can learn so much from adversity, as unpleasant as it is.
For example, I’ve learned I don’t argue well. When someone attacks me, I immediately revert to self defence. Instead of drawing out someone’s flaws when they attack mine, I defend myself. Jesus did not defend himself and when persecution comes my way, which in these End Times, it very well may, I must be able to be resolute and not fearful, calm and not antagonised.
This is a BIG weakness in me. I get emotional! Best to walk away, but if it is right to stand my ground, I need to learn to ignore an attack on me. It’s the enemy’s tactic to throw me off balance.
We need to be aware that as the LORD is sovereign, even adversity in our lives is within His plans and purposes.
So, when we face a struggle, it is good to use the Word of GOD and pray. This is spiritual warfare and there is a place for it. But at the same time, we need to ask Him, “What are you showing me in this?” “What is your lesson to me?” “What do I need to learn through this situation.” Because GOD and His purpose is in everything we face, and when we face it with Him, we face it in strength.
I am learning detachment. When the accuser lies about me, I get emotional. I must not. In adversity, strength comes from fearlessness, and fearlessness comes from confidence that the LORD is at my side, is within me, is my cheerleader and is my sovereign. In Him, I can do all things, with a hopeful heart.
Shalom… the peace of GOD which passes all understanding, is within and around us, when we allow it to be. Draw near to Yehovah, and He will draw near to us. The enemy won’t be far behind, but we can embrace adversity knowing it is a tool the LORD permits in order to make his children strong.