“It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.” ―CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Warning: What you will read below may sound crazy and illogical to most people but I tell you, it’s not a work of fiction. Just disregard this post if you don’t believe in the devil.
I have always known that the devil – Satan, is real and he is our greatest enemy. I also know that the devil’s agenda is to kill, steal and destroy as many people as possible so I don’t have any doubt about his existence.
This is also the reason why I consider Screwtape Letters as one of my most favorite book of all time because the book has really given me a concrete picture how spiritual battles really take place in a believer’s life. It aptly describes the ways and means of the devil in tempting and deceiving a child of God.
Though I am really convinced of the devil’s existence, I admit that I haven’t really taken him seriously in the past. Either it’s because I have a shallow understanding of his presence and strategies or he just simply don’t consider me a threat to his agenda so he doesn’t spend too much time on me, so I don’t have a first-hand experience of his attack.
It was only this year when I became fully aware of the devil’s work in my life, when I have also started getting serious to do the ministry that God has entrusted to me. I started this year full of hope to truly do the Lord’s work only to find myself frustrated and disappointed in the end because the situation becomes more and more difficult. I also shared my sentiments to my leader but she just told me that that’s the way it is because the enemy is also doing double time to distract us.
Then I got encouraged again, after our church’ national cell leader’s summit last April so I was determined again to fullfil my commitments to the Lord. Then, life happens again and I ended up feeling frustrated and discouraged again. As you can see, it has really become a cycle. I don’t want to remain that way so I really wanted to break the cycle, but even if I want to break it, I don’t seem to have the strength to continue and get out of my difficult circumstance.
Praise God that I came across with this article and I learned that I am under spiritual attack. It was only after I read the article when I have started to understand what is actually happening to me. I also thought of sharing the article to my friends at church and their responses and reactions tell me that what’s happening to me is also common to most of us. One brother even told me that he has also experience the same after the summit. So I am now convinced that the devil has started keeping his eye on me.
But so what if I learned that the devil is real? Well, it reminds of the truth written in Ephesians:
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.
It was really a comfort for me to know that what I’m going through is a battle that’s supposed to be won in the spiritual realm. It’s also an encouragement to know that what’s happening to me is not necessarily my fault after all. The greatest lie that the devil will tell us is that we are a failure and I tell you, it’s really paralyzing once you believe in that lie.
Praise the Lord that I am now aware of the real situation so now I know what strategy to use. Our greatest weapon against the enemy, of course, is prayer. And I believe this is what God is really teaching me at the moment – to become more and more prayerful. Because without God, we cannot really stand against the devil’s attack.