Spiritual warfare can absolutely rock our entire world and definitely not in the good way. We’ve all been there. Life is moving along in the direction we want to go. Out of nowhere, issues pop up making us question if we are on the right path.
We can begin to wonder if it’s God telling us to reroute or is it Satan trying to destroy our plans. This is a question I’ve pondered many times on my life journey. Can you relate?
Not long ago, Lysa TerKeurst, a well known Christian writer, shared the devastating news her marriage is ending. Her husband’s repeated infidelity and substance abuse paved the way to this surprising demise of their 25 year union.
This took me back a few months to when I read another Christian blogger’s words about similar struggles and the end of her own marriage:
“But Satan – He is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:7,8). I know that writing here on this blog, put a target on my husband’s back. This alone breaks my heart for him. The spiritual warfare in our lives has been thick and exhausting.”
~Courtney Joseph, Women Living Well
This is spiritual warfare. It devours the good. Here are two women trying to serve and write about God’s beauty and power. As Courtney so perfectly describes, these ministries can put “a target” on our back or those we love dearly.
It’s enough to make me want to shut down this blog, all related social media accounts, and lock my precious family in a room to protect them. But we all know, bad things will still come. Kids will still get sick. Marriages will still struggle.
We must press on. We’re not promised a rose garden in this life. But it will be worth it when we get to the other side. That is our prize.
After refocusing this blog to sharing my health struggles, I thought I would immediately start losing weight to show what God can do. I gained weight instead…
The old me would have turned off the lights here and just chalked it up to another failure, but I won’t give up on my health or this hopefully encouraging space on the internet. These are things I know God would be in favor of—improved health and sharing His Word.
I understand completely now how Satan doesn’t want us showing off for God. Spiritual warfare can often be a sign that we are absolutely on the right path. While I continue to fight food addiction, I can show you all the healing He’s done for me in other addictions and mental health struggles like anxiety and depression.
He’s not finished with us yet and I’ll continue to fight the good fight around here. I’m so incredibly thankful to you for joining me. I know you are fighting your own battle today. Please let me know how I can pray for you.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
~Ephesians 6:10-16 NIV
This is July’s update in my Turning to Food series. I hope it shows you I haven’t given up and will be here to support you on your journey as well. If you are new here, my plan and part of my food addiction story can be found in An Addict’s Journey or you may want to check out some of the other monthly updates in the Turning to Food series.