She sits there at her patio table with a large iced coffee at her right and a playful kitten batting at her blonde curls as they gently blow in the breeze. The sun beams down on her journal and computer and makes her freshly applied lipstick a more brilliant shade of pink. Her 2 yr old yielded willingly to her nap releasing this girl to focus on her weekly blog. A neighbor glances out their window and assumes her life is perfect, even envying her a bit...
On the inside, this girl knows her world is far from perfect, yet she's expected to sport a smile as she goes about her day. This girl has said "yes" to different assignments God has given her with true joy in her heart only to be blindsided by an enemy who is far more real than any flesh and blood threat.
When those closest to her attacked her faith and convictions she began to listen to the subtle voices in her head each day. Voices that told her maybe it wasn't worth fighting for, voices that suggested she should even seek out a doctor for depression medication, voices that accused her of not even hearing from God in the first place...
This girl is me and I would venture to say almost every other girl in the world today. Medical Science calls it a disorder but what it stems from is demonic. Many Christians stray away from the subject of demons, but we must acknowledge how real and numerous they are in order to know how to fight them. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places.
So when opposition comes at us in whatever form (finances, relationships, employment...) we must see that demonic forces are behind those attacks and to speak out loud to those demons. At the same time, we are also instructed in Hebrews 1:14 to command our warring angles to go fight for us and bring our prayer requests to pass. Just like Daniel in the Bible, our prayers are hindered by demons requiring us to stay persistent.
The devil is out to destroy our destiny and our calling and usually the more we press in to what God is calling us to, the more opposition we face. Knowing this is no big deal if we know how to fight and use our authority. And we are guaranteed to win EVERY time! That's a battle worth fighting!
And let's remember, like a sign I once saw said, "be kind... everyone we meet is fighting a battle".