"Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." -1 Peter 5:8
Have you ever started something you know God had called you to only to be met with extreme resistance? "Why is this happening to me?" we might ask. "God, all I'm trying to do is serve you!"
What we may not realize is that we have an enemy that is "hell bent" on deterring us from our mission.
Things will happen in life. Problems and issues will arise, and the demands of life will continually try to dissuade us what God has called us to do? So how can we push through?
Being aware of our enemy is the first step. Expecting resistance will better prepare us for that resistance, and secondly, developing a plan to tackle the resistance when it comes will also help us in defeating it. Reading the word, prayer, worship, and speaking life and truth over situations that we're going through are tools that can help us to be "more than conquerers" in Christ. (Romans 8:37) I know a businesswoman who is continually listening to good preaching (even while she sleeps!) to re-program her brain to overcome. We also need to manage our time and emotions well, such as being aware of fatigue and stress.
Are you aware of the resistance in your life? Pray today and ask for the Holy Spirit's help in defeating that resistance. (John 14:26)