So, my sister has been visiting me for the last few weeks and I tell you they have been interesting. The enemy has tried to create a wedge between us as our lives have changed, but has been unsuccessful, praise God!
Last week we found ourselves sitting at the table recounting an event from a few days earlier, unveiling the crafty plans of the enemy. She shared that when someone had offered her a ministry opportunity, she thought I had been jealous. “I totally was!” I exclaimed. It made no sense because I had already been asked to do worship at the same event, but the enemy had whispered in my ear, “Why can’t this just be your moment? Why does she have to do everything you do?” I won’t bother you with the rest of what he said. It wasn’t true and it didn’t work.
The enemy works in darkness, shadow and deception. As soon as we expose his work to the light, it crumbles. The prayer I’ve been praying for the last several years has been for God to make the traps of the enemy transparent. He has been so faithful in this. So often in the last few weeks, I have seen the enemy start working just when I thought I was about to lose it. The fact that I recognize it’s him makes me even more determined to press into what God has for me and helps me to fix my eyes on Yeshua once again.
Shortly after this conversation with my sister, we were reminding each other of all the amazing work God had done for us in the last month. As she was telling a story, she jokingly turned to look over her shoulder, “Satan, is that you?” We almost died laughing, but the fact is that joke has gotten us through some really difficult times.
If we were able to recognize the enemy’s voice as it sowed lies into our hearts and quietly built up strongholds in our minds, we would be a lot less oppressed by his work. The end of that joke involved us plucking hypothetical Satan off of our shoulder and stomping on him. Yeshua has overcome the world and all who believe in Him overcome the world. Greater is He who is in me than he who lives in the world.There is no power in heaven or on earth greater than God.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
– 1 Peter 5:8-11