And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. - 1 Peter 5:10
Suffering seems to turn our heads towards the heavens and ask God, “WHY? Why me? What have I done? What are you doing? Why aren’t you rescuing me?”
I know because I have a struggle which I thought would just go away on its own. Instead it’s gone on for over a year and I feel like such a failure. Sure, I’ve prayed for healing but it’s quite disheartening to ask for forgiveness, will yourself into believing that God has freed you, just to fall back to the same spot the next day.
But it’s not the same spot.
When I stopped asking God for the easy way out and asked what He actually wants me to do, He told me to first of all, recognize that this is a raging spiritual battle, and call it out. That’s when I realized, yes it is, those temptations and feelings of failure mixed with condemnation do not come from God. So as a natural response, I rejected these things in the name of Jesus. I realized God is telling me to call out the lies that the enemy is telling me. Thinking that this is purely something internal in my mind and has nothing to do with anything or anyone else is the first lie. Call it out. (For those who may not understand what I’m on about; in short, satan – aka the enemy – has one sole purpose: to separate us from God by causing us to sin. He does so by lying to us, stealing from us, and destroying what is our. Our God is the truth, restores and mends. This resistance from satan is what we call a spiritual war/battle). Denying that this is a spiritual warfare is like standing at gun point saying that there’s nothing in front of you. Forget running away, you can’t even duck when the trigger is pulled.