Welcome again to this week's word for the week. Well, last week we were talking about your mind. This week of course there's another challenge. Have you ever wondered why the enemy attacks "you" so much? There are countless people in this world and yet it can feel like he's always against you. Your question is why. What if I told you it's because the enemy knows what it is that God has in store for you and he is fighting you with everything he has to stop that plan? Well, that is the very reason to be honest.
Give this some thought this week about Job. He was an upright man, he feared God, and he eshewed evil. In other words, Job did things God's way as best as he could. When God asked the devil had he considered Job the devil replied yes but that there was a hedge of protection all around Job. The enemy clearly understood there was no easy way to attack Job but it was clear that he had tried and failed. That is the point this week. As long as you and I stay in the will of God no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Even the enemy knows that.
We are not dealing with an adversary who is not clever. We are dealing with one who feels like if we are attacked we will cave in and forget about God. Trust me, it takes many tests before it becomes clear you won't give up on God. Those attacks are distractions. If you focus on them long enough they will literally take your mind off of what God has in store for you. It will leave you right where the enemy wants you and that is in a place where you don't trust God. You have to see how subtle the attacks are before you realize how powerful they really are. Give that some thought. A small distraction can pack great consequences. You have to have your spiritual eyes open!
Think about the things you know God wants you to do and then ask yourself what is the enemy doing to hinder you from it. You will be surprised at the methods and techniques that are used against you. How do you counter those attacks? You keep your mind and heart on God. You commit yourself to never giving up on God. You resist the enemy and you watch him flee from you. You trust God at His word. You take His word as face value. It says what it says and it means what it means. You don't allow your mind to be confused or weary. You praise God at all cost because no storm lasts forever. Can you hang in there long enough for your breakthrough is the question?
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon