Dealing with Spiritual Warfare

viseLast week was a difficult one for me spiritually. To be honest, the last two years have been tough. Ever since we learned in March 2016 that our son needed major back surgery, my life has been filled with one pounding after another. I have no question that this is all spiritual attack. What I do question is when it will ever end!

The purpose of this blog series is not to whine about my problems. Instead, I want to give you a snapshot into what spiritual attack looks like in the life of a believer so you will recognize it when this is happening in your life and so you will have some tools to fight back.

I’m going to give you a glimpse into my life from last week, which you might find amusing since it’s not happening to you. I assure you that none of it felt amusing as I was living through it! Also, I am only sharing one snapshot. I had already been enduring spiritual attack from multiple directions and in much more difficult ways before these events unfolded.

My husband felt strongly about my not participating in a ministry-related endeavor, which is my job that I have no question that God has called me to. I prayed for God to show me how to balance submitting to my husband in everything while being obedient to God’s call in this ministry. I awoke the next morning with a milder version of my husband’s cold. When I tried to print an email on my personal computer, my email program crashed. I tried to fix the program and got a new error that I couldn’t find a solution for online. After I repaired the program, I ran into software registration issues. Once those were resolved, I got the email program open, but when I opened my last backup, none of my electronic to-do list had been saved – I lost a year’s worth of electronic to-do’s that I rely on in my personal life, despite backing them up multiple times.

I logged into work, and anything I tried to print came out illegible. Then, my work computer froze up. I could only “unfreeze” it by unplugging it, and it made scary sounds when it booted back up. After work, I received a package for an electronic device I had been waiting for. I set it up, and it simply stopped working. I decided to drive to a local store that is two miles away to exchange it, but that turned into an 8-mile drive because the main road was closed down for an unexpected reason, and I had to get to the other side of that road to get to the store.

None of what I just wrote about is earth-shattering, but the succession of one obstacle after another can be very frustrating and distract my attention from what God has called me to do, which is the point of spiritual warfare. I had a choice to make – would I allow this series of frustrations to steal my joy and peace?

To be continued…

[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace with her head in a vise. Courtesy Bitmoji.]