A Woman's Perspective On The Times We Live In


February 13, 2014

It's One Of Those Days

     You will have to excuse me today.  I am engaged in some serious spiritual warfare.  You see, I am unable to gaze upon the world at the moment; my Spirit is heavy with an ominous foreboding.  I don't know if you are feeling it, too, but it seems as if Satan has taken his mask off and is boldly controlling so many aspects of our lives.  What's more, it feels like he has accelerated the pace of his attack, and destruction is right around the corner.  The Enemy has been clever in drawing my attention away from my Source of Life.
     He whispers in my ear, "Do you see it?  Right is wrong, and wrong is right.  People are fighting over food on the grocery store shelves in snow-bound Atlanta.  Your weather patterns no longer make sense; it is 23 degrees with freezing rain one day, and sunny and 80 degrees, a day-and-a-half later.  More Americans are unemployed than at anytime in the last 35 years, yet your First Lady feels the need to wear a $12,000 dress to a State Dinner for the French President.  Your government is out-of-control in almost every aspect of its authority; it no longer listens to the people, and, Look!  It is purchasing sniper ammo!"
     He then shows me that all those crazy conspiracy theories that have abounded over the last few years, don't seem so preposterous anymore.  There are Facebook posts of UN troops in Texas, and announcements by Iran that it will position warships off our coast.  Churches offer nude worship services, and teenage boys kill a girl so they can "sell their soul to the devil".  (At this point, he giggles to himself over his witticism).
     He points out that I have to look far and wide to find anything positive being reported.  I counter with the fact that I know it exists, because I have been blessed to see the goodness in people -- in the desire to serve others and to serve our God.  I remind him that God's people are still here, and those who possess the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will always rise above his dominion in the cesspool of godless humanity.
     The Devil counters with the claim that God's Light no longer shines on us, but I refuse to take the bait.  I do believe God's presence is near; I do not think He has abandoned us.  He promised that He would never leave us or forsake us.  I will accede to the idea that God has turned us over, as a whole, to our natural inclinations.  And when He pulls away, well ... the Devil wins a few and you get headlines like those above.  Because I know that if we refuse to honor and glorify God, He will give us the opportunity to see what life without Him and His influence is like.  That means that those of us who yearn for Him will get to see just how strong our faith is, and if we're up to this spiritual battle.
     I must tell you that lately, I have given some ground in this duel with the Devil.  My thoughts have drifted along these lines ... I am growing weary of this world and its systems.  I'm tired of worrying about the future; I realize that this earthly existence is temporary, and an eternal life awaits me.  But the pressures of this sinful world are becoming more burdensome and impossible to ignore.  Then I get mad at myself because I know my God is so much bigger than what my bank balance is, or the news on the TV.  After all, when I am united with my King, all these "thorns in my flesh" will be forgotten and of no consequence.  I simply must endure until then.
     Then I take back the high ground, when I recover from my selfishness and ask for forgiveness of my sinful worries.  I take a stand against all the workings of Satan, and renew my allegiance to the Ruler of the Universe, knowing that I have won the victory against Evil through the blood of Christ.
     So, if like me, you find that there are days when you are feeling low and longing for a brighter future, I would tell you, "Don't despair!" We have been told that these days would exist.   But we have also been told that when the Enemy comes against us, we have mighty weapons to quench his fiery arrows.
     Just stay focused on the sovereignty of God, and His power to deliver from the strongholds of Satan; whatever yours might be.  Those of us who are Believers can expect to be engaged in spiritual warfare in the coming days, months and years.  But we can rest in the knowledge that whatever is sent against us will be bound in heaven, if we will only pray and present our petitions.  And that is what I have done today.  I know that this won't be the last day I do battle, but I pray that the days will be further apart as I shout and claim my victory over the darkness.

Romans 8:15    For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
   

7 comments:

  1. These end times are likened to labor pains. Every day we see them more and more, faster and faster, time is near. God said behold I have told you all things. The battle gets right down to our soul, seeing prophecy revealed right before our very eyes can be shocking or comforting, depending on wheather we are looking at it through our worldly eyes, or our spiritual eyes. It is sad to see the direction of the ways of the world are going, but on the other hand it is comforting to know it will be so much better soon.

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    1. Yes! My soul cries out, "Come soon, Lord Jesus!" and it is tempting to relax for a moment and contemplate that, but we must gird ourselves for the battle to come, because it is coming hard and fast! The spiritual attacks will become more frequent and with more intensity, but my weak flesh is covered with the blood of Christ and He will be the victor!

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  2. Thanks so much! I needed to hear this today. Look up, for our Redemption is nigh.

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  3. Being somewhat of a 'fatalist', convinced that our current system of government and western civilization is waning and doomed, I am enthusiastically along for the ride. I'm nearly 62, and reasonably expect to live at least another 20 years and preparing for difficulties that I know we cannot avoid, knowing full well that times will get hard...harder than we can anticipate. It is invigorating to know that you are living in the real 'end times'. How long can this all last? As fast as our moral decay is accelerating, what will it be like in ten years, twenty? Pray for the salvation your familes and lost friends and "...stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near" (Luke 21:28 NIV).

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  4. Thank you so much for putting into words of how I feel. I have felt the warfare so strong these pasts few days and have been trying to figure out what is wrong with me instead of realizing that it is not about me. I too had to repent and come back to the high ground. I have sent this article to many of my brothers & sisters in the Lord that are on facebook, so that they can stand in the gap for one another in these very hard times. Thank you again.

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  5. Pray and set a guard...

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  6. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,but against principalities,against powers against the rulers
    of the darkness of this world,against spiritual wickednessin high places.Eph 6:12.
    My pastor always told me that when satan is messing with me to know that he does not waste his time
    with folks he is not concerned with.In other words be glad that you are in God's will! satan is a punk,hide God's word in your heart and holler at the condemned every chance you get.IF WE BE FOR GOD WHO THEN CAN BE AGAINST US! NO ONE!

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