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Why Some Christians Experience Spiritual Warfare More Than Others

There are some believers who falsely believe that if they have a lot of faith they will not undergo any suffering, severe tests or satanic attacks. Nothing could be further from the truth! Actually, the opposite is true.

For example, in the book of Job chapters 1 and 2, God actually asks Satan if he considered His servant Job. Hence, God brought Job to Satan’s attention, not because Job was in sin, but because Job was the greatest servant of God on the earth at that time (read Job 1:6-12; 2:3-6).

Furthermore, Acts 19:15 illustrates how Paul the apostle was not only known in heaven, but also in hell! He had their attention! First Peter 5:8-9 teaches that Satan roams the earth seeking someone to devour, which also goes along with the Job narrative (Job 1:7). When we read the context of all these passages, especially in regards to the satanic focus on both Paul and Job, we can come to the conclusion that the devil’s main focus is to thwart, divert, distract and disarm the servants of God who are promoting the rule of God on the earth as it is in heaven. Heaven is the only realm in the universe where everything is perfectly aligned under King Jesus, since the devil was displaced from there (Rev. 12:7-12).

Consequently, when someone on earth wants to bring the influence of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, Satan erupts with fear and anger against them since he doesn’t want to be thrown out of another place!

This is why it seems as though a person following the will of God will sometimes have the most difficult tests, trials and resistance, as opposed to some saints who are casual seekers of God. Satan is no dummy, why should he attack a Christian who is a bad example to others and who is already deceived and in his grip? He will focus the most on those who are the biggest threats to his desire, to do a power grab from God over the earth realm! Remember: God gave Adam a commission to have His rule over the whole earth (Gen. 1:28), and immediately after that the devil came and convinced both Adam and Eve to disobey God and abandon their posts as God’s vice regents over the earth (Gen. 3:1-8).

Since that time Satan has been jealously attempting to protect his control over the earthly realm he stole through subverting Adam, including its systems of government, commerce, media, the arts, science and education. Those who attempt to bring God’s influence in these realms will most likely experience some of the highest levels of satanic resistance. The apostle Paul had a messenger from Satan follow him everywhere he went that caused riots and persecutions (2 Cor. 13:1-8), only because he was turning the present world system upside down (Acts 17:7).

So, if you are sold out for God, don’t be discouraged when you are attacked or allow yourself to be deceived into thinking that the only reason you are in intense spiritual warfare or tribulation is because you may have missed God. It may be the opposite. You are being targeted because you are hitting the divine bull’s eye! This is why Paul admonished believers to stand strong in the Lord: “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers and the rulers of darkness in high places” (Ephesians 6:10-13). Notice: Paul said “our struggle” meaning he was including himself in this struggle. Every time there was an open door for ministry he had many adversaries. This is a biblical principle (read 1 Corinthians 16:9).

Do not ever think that just because God is calling you to do something that it will be easy. Jesus did the will of God and He was crucified, and church history tells us Paul was beheaded! It’s not how many years we live, but what we do with the years we live that matters!

So, what do we do when we are in a time of spiritual warfare that Paul calls “the day of evil” in Ephesians 6:13? Paul tells us in this passage to be strong in the Lord and to stand firm; in other words, do not quit (Eph. 6:10-13).

The apostle Peter also tells us to resist the devil, standing firm in the faith (1 Pet. 5:9). Peter knows firsthand that faith in God is the key to standing firm in the midst of the day of evil because, when he denied Christ three times, Jesus prayed for him that his “faith” would not fail (Luke 22:31-32).

So, do not be afraid when you are in tribulation, because Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16:33)!

Christna Mullins

Don’t Make Prayer Stressful

 

One of the most common obstacles to prayer is fitting it into our busy schedules. Let’s be honest, we are all busy. Finding time to pray is an overwhelming challenge. Whether we’re chasing kids or chasing careers, we fill up our days with things to do. We get into rhythms and tend not to set aside time to pray. And when we do pray, we have a hard time focusing on prayer rather than our to do lists.

Stop feeling guilty about not praying. Feeling guilty leads to feelings of unworthiness and we should never feel unworthy to pray. Let’s take a look at some ways you can make prayer a habit in your daily life.

If we make praying a stressful thing that we feel like we have to do, we miss the point. Instead, try saying short prayers throughout the day at specific moments. These are prayer habits in the true sense of the words. Here are some examples:

Praying before meals
Praying before bed
Praying when you wake up
Praying in the shower
Praying in the car
Praying while you brush your teeth
The list can go on. The point is to get over your stress about finding time to pray. Choosing specific moments throughout the day to say short prayers and making those moments habits, will make the expression “pray always” a concrete action.

What is the best time of day to pray?

The best time to pray is going to vary for everyone. If you are a morning person, then set aside some time in the morning. If you stay up late in the evening, then set aside some time to pray at night. Start experimenting with various times throughout the day and stick with what works best.

 

Don’t Forget to Pray

Consider setting some triggers in place to help remind you to pray:

Set alerts in your calendar
Set an alarm on your phone
Connect it with other events (before bed, after breakfast, at the beginning of lunch break, etc.)
Place prayer books and devotionals in places where you will have the opportunity to pray
Ask someone to remind you to pray
Plan a pray date!

Start Small

We tend to think big with something so important as prayer. If we want to make something a habit, it is my belief that we have to start small and build upon what we have started. Don’t try to adopt multiple habits all at once. Focus on one habit and develop it fully before branching out to another. Over time, you will develop the prayer lifestyle you are looking to develop.

 

Christna Mullins

Tithe With Your Heart

God is interested in your money. Not because He needs your money…for He certainly does not! But because YOU need it! Since you are important to God, your money is important to God. God is interested in how you secure it/spend it/save it/share it. Immediately, some people say…don’t talk about money in church we should talk about something spiritual. That kind of statement shows a lack of Biblical knowledge & a lack of spiritual insight. Nothing is more spiritual than how you handle your money. It is the supreme test of where our heart is.

Money is an awkward conversation to have at church. We expect the electric bill to be paid, craft supplies bought for the kids, and coffee served without often putting much thought into how it’s all paid for. We all have our own budgets to worry about, but giving to God is an honor and a privilege when we have the right attitude.

Have you ever found the perfect gift for someone? Maybe a birthday or Christmas present that your friend or loved one just had to have. Do you remember being so excited to give it to them—just because you knew how happy it would make them? God wants us to give to him with the same kind of joy and fulfillment.

Giving is a demonstration of our commitment to the church, the hands and feet of Christ. Pastors, missionaries, and other Christian workers are obedient to the ministry to which God has called them, trusting in him to provide the necessary means to carry out the task. At the same time, the Holy Spirit moves in the hearts of believers to give generously and support the work that God is doing, also learning to trust God with their own finances.

As the apostle Paul says, we shouldn’t be giving because we feel like we have to or expecting something in return—what joy is there in that? A heartless gift means nothing. Your offerings, financially or otherwise, should always begin in your heart. It’s a privilege to be a part of what God is doing and it’s exciting (and dare I say a little bit addictive) to know that some sacrifice on our part can render huge results for the kingdom of God.

Jesus said it is better to give than to receive and that’s so true when you really believe in what you’re giving. Giving is an act of worship and service to God that brings glory to his name. Let’s give cheerfully knowing that our generosity is used to bless others who are in need.

Christna Mullins
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