Have you ever been rolling along in life thinking that everything is going just tickety-boo when suddenly – WHAM – you are rear-ended or blind-sided?
Recently, I posted a blog entitled “Confession” in which I shared the many reasons for my happiness, giving God thanksgiving and the glory for each and every one of them. Just a couple of days later, I received information that my former husband had made some very hurtful and untruthful statements about me to his co-worker. And I learned this just a few days before I was to see him, for the first time in several years, at my son’s wedding! Talk about WHAM! I felt liked I’d been punched in the stomach as all the old feelings of hurt and betrayal swirled to the surface once again. This was replaced by “righteous” anger (tongue in cheek) and I was looking to do some serious slapping up side the head.
Well, I gnawed on that bitter bone for a couple of days and then realized that it was literally making me sick. I asked God to take away the hurt and the anger and replace it with His peace and forgiveness – and of course, He answered with His matchless grace and mercy. I was even able to leave the gun and sharp knives at home when I went to the wedding (more tongue in cheek), and stand beside my ex for speeches and photos, complete with smiles. God is good!
I have often noticed that after I have been publicly praising God and giving Him glory, “something nasty in the woodshed” jumps out at me and “WHAM” tries to bring me down, in effect, to make a lie of my confession of faith in God. However, I know where these attacks come from and who is the author of confusion, strife, and sorrow. I have written of it before and I will repeat it here: we, as Christians, have a deadly enemy. That enemy hates the children of God and actively seeks ways to destroy us and our testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.
Joh 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy.
I believe that the more we step out in faith and the more we testify and promote God and His Son, the more the enemy wishes to destroy us. Therefore, I believe that it is important that we prepare ourselves ahead of time for the battles that are sure to come. Be alert and knowledgeable of the devices of our enemy. And most importantly, fill your mind and spirit with God’s Word and His promises. Wrap yourselves in His Word. God’s truth will be your armour and your weapon. The next time the enemy tries to “WHAM” you, “BLAST” him right back and then “shake the dust off your feet” in his face. Remember, we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. Amen!
1Pe 5:8 Be sensible and vigilant, because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone he may devour;
Eph 6:13 Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
1Pe 4:12, 13 Dear brothers, do not be surprised, as if it was something strange, if your faith is tested as by fire: But be glad that you are given a part in the pains of Christ; so that at the revelation of his glory you may have great joy.