Have you ever heard that the enemy likes to attack in our biggest vulnerabilities? Well, he does and it isn’t very fun. Now if we have been friends for a while you already know this story so just bear with me. When I was a Junior in high school, I was heading home from dropping off one of my dearest friends, after we had visited a friend that had been in the hospital with a minor head injury. I was heading southbound on my way home after dropping off my friend, and thought I was clear to make a left turn going eastbound down in a poorly lit street. I thought I was in the clear to make my turn and then BOOM – I was rollin’! My mom’s car did a complete 180 as I rolled on top of two cars, landing on its tires facing westbound. I ended up without a serious scratch, thank the Lord, but it is safe to say I was a little traumatized (except the car, the car was completely totaled). I only had to “rest” and wear a neck brace for a few weeks. Just when I think I am in the clear of car traumatic experience one of my best friends passes away a year and a half later due to an intoxicated driver.
Lets fast forward eight years… Present day.
The enemy has been trying to use those traumatic experiences to try to attack, and attack pretty darn hard.
In the span of four weeks my car has been in the shop twice. The first time I was in a very minor accident, went for repairs and they found some damage from a previous accident (I bought my car used and check the carFAX). I had to go out of pocket for the repairs, I had my car back for about a week and then the terrifying winds hit the streets of DC. I was in Tallahassee, Florida for work when I got the call. “Sheila there was a tree that fell on your car, but we don’t think it’s that bad”. Next call comes in, “Sheila, I am so sorry for your car. Your back windshield is shattered. I will send you pictures.” *instinct thought process* “Okay Sheila…breathe…relax. do not be anxious.”
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4: 15-19
The enemy knows our pain and hurts just as much as the Lord does. In 2 Corinthians 11 we are told he tries to outwit us and we should fix our eyes on what is unseen and allow the Lord to come in and take full control. The enemy tries to attack us in different shapes and forms, just like he did to the 72 in Luke 10. We must be aware of that. I was aware of that when I got that call, I knew that unfortunately a very tangible thing made me vulnerable to be attacked by. I knew that only the name of Jesus Christ could protect me from having an anxiety attack, to become distant of my amazing group, and I am so grateful to have been with my sweet friend to stop everything and pray with me. We prayed that the Lord would protect us from the thief of joy, that He poured us with peace, and took away any distracting spirits that could steal our precious weekend together with our girls. In the words of Michelle Dobyne “oh no, NOT TODAY!”.
When the 72 followers came back from their trip, they were very happy. They said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we used your name!” Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan falling like lightning from the sky. He is the enemy, but know that I have given you more power than he has. I have given you power to crush his snakes and scorpions under your feet. Nothing will hurt you. Yes, even the spirits obey you. And you can be happy, not because you have this power, but because your names are written in heaven.” Then the Holy Spirit made Jesus feel very happy. Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I am thankful that you have hidden these things from those who are so wise and so smart. But you have shown them to people who are like little children. Yes, Father, you did this because it’s what you really wanted to do.” Luke 10: 18-21
Lord, make us like children. Fill us with Your powerful spirit to be able to see when the enemy is trying to outwit us and ruin our joy. Let us glorify YOU. Let us give you praise in all You are doing. Remove the doubts, fears and anxiety that may be lingering in our minds and fill our minds with love, joy and peace.