The Spiritual War Around Us

Summary: There is an enemy out steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), but God has given us the authority and power to defeat the works of the enemy in our every day lives

Today, I was out canvassing  for the pro-life organization that I work at and an peculiar thing happened right around lunch time.

I had driven to an area that had a few houses left in the area that I could finish before lunch. As I began to log in to the app, it would not log in. Now I had heard from the supervisor to either turn the phone off, restart it or delete the app and reinstall the app.

After trying all these things, none of them worked. I began to think something spiritual was going on. The atmosphere felt a little off so I decided, “What the heck?” Lets see if there is a spiritual attack behind this.

After taking authority and power that God gives us over the enemy (Luke 10:19), I went to try the app and it logged in right away!

Victory in Jesus! Praise God! I was able to resume work and enjoy my lunch shortly after.

I felt so encouraged that instead of letting the enemy mess with be that I was able fight from a place of peace!

I will be the first to admit that I am still learning in spiritual warfare, but when things “go wrong” in life, I am learning to ask the question, “God, what is going on in this situation? Thank you for revealing what’s going on.”

I hope this story encourages you in your everyday walk with God.

Have an excellent evening!

 

The River of God

Yesterday a friend and I went kayaking on the Little Miami River. It was the first time I had been kayaking and it was such an amazing experience, especially with the high water!

There are so many ways to see the character and nature of God on something like a kayaking trip. Here are 4 takeaways from the trip.

Soon after we began the trip there was a branch of the river that split off and then came back to the main part.

So once I got caught in the current the kayak and I got swept right into some brush and I fell into the river.

Now my sandals fell off as well and I saw one floating down the river. About two hundred yards later, both sandals were caught by a log! Even though I slipped, God still had my back (or feet in this case!)

First lesson: (Psalm 37:24)

“Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”

How amazing is it that both sandals ended up right in the same place?!

As the trip continued, my friend and I noticed a large tree whose roots were exposed by the river, but the root system was so deep and wide:

Second Lesson (Jeremiah 17:8)

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.”

God wants us to be so rooted in our identity in Christ that when a challenge comes we can co-labor with Him for solutions and not be moved by circumstances.

I mentioned the river was high so the kayaking was pretty effortless outside of guiding the kayak. The current carried us down the river.

God desires for us to abide in Him.  In this case, the river represents God. My friend and I could have hurried through the trip, but then we would have missed out on enjoying the beauty.

Third Lesson (John 15:5)

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Lastly, there was a section where the wind turned on us and the water began choppy. We actually had to paddle through.  This reminds me of how we our co-laborers in Christ. We cannot just expect God to do everything, while at the same time we can’t do it on our own. We were invited to co-labor with God. What an honor!

Fourth Lesson (1 Corinthians 3:9)

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

Between the lessons and great conversation with my friend, kayaking was an amazing experience to learn about the goodness of God! Thank you Jesus!