And he’s got you too!
Shocked? You shouldn’t be and I’ll share why.
So, I just got off of a hiatus. No, I wasn’t on vacation though that would have been a nicer way to spend my time. To tell the truth I already had my next blog started. But when this latest adventure came my way I simply couldn’t resist sharing…
What adventure you ask?
And not just any sickness. First I was off for a week with some sort of flu that made my neck and head feel like it would explode and I was super tired. Then I was fine for a week. Then the big guns came out to play! I’m talking a nasty kidney infection where, long story short, the doctor prescribed the incorrect antibiotic so the infection ran ramped through my body reeking havoc for a straight week!
I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED SO MUCH PAIN IN MY LIFE!
My kidney hurt so bad I could barely move. There wasn’t any way I could stand, sit, or lie down that was comfortable. It felt like a dull knife was being driven into my kidney and being twisted round and round and round. After a few days the chills and sweats started setting in. No matter how hot I would make a room I couldn’t get warm. I had to let the chills run their course, leading to a headache, getting sick, and then the sweats would start in. This went on every single day multiple times a day and I. Was. Miserable!
I had plenty of people check on me to via Facebook, text, phone calls,etc to make sure I was ok (and thank you to all those who sent well wishes and prayers my way!). But one text changed my perspective. “I think the Devil is attacking your health due to your blog reaching people”. (Jaw drops open here). Disbelief. How did I miss this? I didn’t tell this to anyone previously but with the onset of the chills and sweats came visions. I had the vision over and over that something was holding me down. There I was, strapped to some board with my legs and arms stretched out and I was being pulled to each corner. There was a voice that kept saying “stretch a little further and this will be over”. At first I tried fighting it but I was too weak. So I would reach my toes further toward the corners. It was as if I would reach those corners then I would be fully taken captive. In these visions i was surrounded by fire, darkness, and evil. So… when this text message came to me it all started coming together. (aka LIGHTBULB!! Proof my brain was under attack as well….just sayin’)
Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t catch a break? Like you just wanted to yell “why is all of this coming at me all at once?!” Or some people say “when it rains it pours”. It’s like one big tidal wave after another! This is what I felt like through all this sickness. I mean…even my baby girl got sick right in the middle of it all! UGH! The struggle is real, friend…no seriously!
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
So you see…we are under attack. But we must remember who is actually attacking us. And yes…he works through whatever means possible to bring us down (people too).
If you know what satan is about you know he is all for stopping whatever plans God has for good in the world. I believe, in a group of people, satan will pick out the person most FOR God and do whatever he can to thwart their mission to spread the news of a King who saves.
We have the power against the evil forces that come our way. The ability to cast satan out and crown Jesus as the Lord of our lives.
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. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17)
Suit up. You are constantly in battle. Be alert. Satan wants to knock you off the straight and narrow path. The closer you get to God the more scared satan is going to be and the more attempts he is going to make to try to stop you. Be aware of the his schemes. And know that yes, the devil may grab you time and time again but know…. YOUR GOD IS BIGGER!
More good news? I’m feeling much better and am going to continue to share the cold hard truth. I hope you are ready.