Behind Enemy Lines

behnind“So I find this law at work: although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.” Romans 7:21

As followers, Satan comes after us with more force than he does non-followers. We are a direct threat to his kingdom and he looks at us as an infectious disease, which if not contained or eliminated, would spread throughout his kingdom (the world).

When I started my walk over 2 years ago, I thought the choice to follow God would be an easy one and that I would be immune to attacks from Satan. I was never so far from the truth. The truth was that once I made that decision, I was behind enemy lines; I was a walking target for fiery darts saturated with unforgiving flames. They were relentless. These past two years have been the absolute best and worst of my entire life.

I’ve often asked myself how my enemies could do so much evil and get away with it: why do I have to try to live right and suffer in return? In my experience, I have learned that Satan does not need to go after his own because they are already doing his work whether they know it or not. Ignorance is bliss for some and that is where Satan likes them to be; destroyed for their lack of knowledge. Although it is Satan’s mission to try to attack and manipulate God’s people to lose faith- (one of the key foundations of keeping a relationship with God alive), it is God who also goes after His people to get them to turn from their wicked ways. Most people, in retaliation, do not know that they are fighting a battle that has already been won on cavalry and that Satan cannot do anything to us without God’s permission. Often times I have found that when God lets Satan loose, it is to test our faith or to bring us to a higher dimension in our walk.

So why do bad people get away with things? They don’t. Perception is a main weapon of the enemy, by making things look worse than what they really are.  The devil will have you so focused on how a situation looks that you cannot see any further than that. We are told time and time again that the righteous walk by faith and NOT by sight. The eyes can be very deceiving and most the time, we make a big deal out of nothing. Satan has us believing, “they’re evil and getting away with it so what’s the point in you going through all this hell trying to live right and end up suffering the most? You might as well do what they’re doing.” Those words can quickly become our validation when you are in your emotions and your judgment is clouded by anger. He wants you to do his work so that you will turn away from the Will of God. Even in our weak moments we have to remember that he is a liar, the father of lies and that there is no truth in him. If he tried to get the right hand of God, Jesus, to bow down to him, what makes you think you are immune? The enemy does not take a day off or a break and neither should you! Sometimes when things are going well for us, we think that we can skip a few days from the word, from praise and worship, from prayer and from fellowship. That’s nothing but the devil. He wants you to think the battle is over and that you can start laying down your weapons. The war is never ending and the last thing a solider wants to do is lay down his weapons in the middle of combat. That is the perfect opportunity for the enemy to throw a devastating blow! He wants you to become comfortable with sin. A true follower of Christ does not feel comfortable in sin. So while those particular people who you view are “getting away with bad things”, continue to operate in the will of your God and know that they’re not pulling anything over God’s eyes. “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out in the open” Luke 8:17.

Recently I grasped the meaning of Matthew 7:13 which read “Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  There is a reason that only a few go down that narrow road. Our Christian journey is not easy, comfortable, or appealing at times and there will be times you will have to take the higher road when you just want to be carefree like everyone else. You will be hated on, talked about, slandered, and insulted and have to take it with humility. “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed…and if you suffer as a Christian praise God that you bear that name” 1 Peter 4:14. In your times of tribulation, remember that God is still God, nothing gets past him, and that those who suffer according to Gods will should commit themselves to their faithful creator and continue to do good!

“And if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” John 15:18

-Be Blessed

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