Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kick 'Em When They're Up

I came home from our church’s annual women's retreat on a spiritual high.  With renewed commitments and a fervor for deeper time in prayer and the Bible, I was ready to face challenges of all kinds.  I knew life would be different, better.  No sooner had I crossed the threshold of my house than life hit me square between the eyes.  As I came through the door, all the responsibilities I had so conveniently forgotten about while renewing my commitments came flooding back to mind. 

During the following week, all imaginable problems found their way to me.  My resolve slipped quietly away and by Tuesday afternoon I was depressed and despairing at how little power I had to change my circumstances.  Just a few days before, I had given a testimony at the retreat about God’s power in my life; about his ability to take any circumstance and turn it into something beautiful for His glory.

Then I realized what was happening.  Every word I spoke at that retreat was true.  God is all-powerful in my life.  He can redeem each and every situation and take it captive for his good.  And Satan hates that.  He will do everything in his power to stop me from testifying about God’s loving work in my life.  He’s out to lie, kill, and destroy at any cost to cause me to doubt.  He wickedly delights in kicking Christians…especially when they are up.  So I change my way of thinking and look at Satan’s attacks, not as the discouragement he intends them to be, but as confirmation that I am exactly where God wants me to be.


Mindy said...

Sounds like your in good company with Elijah, who trembled at Jezebel after overcoming the prophets of Baal, and Jonah, who despaired over a vine after winning a city. You're right, there is always going to spiritual warfare right after a victory. Thankful you recognized the voice and reclaimed your territory of victory in Jesus!

Kelly H-Y said...

Well said, Cari!!!

Cari Johnson said...

Thanks, Kelly! Mindy, good to hear from you again and, YES, I completely agree. We are in a battle!


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