I had the most unsettling experience on Tuesday. One that I am unsure of how to describe and one that many people don’t like to talk about. I felt a deep and overwhelming sense of pressure weighing down upon me, not a physical pressure, but a spiritual pressure. A weird sense of heaviness. It felt to me as if Satan were trying to suck the joy and life right out of me. To me, it felt like he was reaching in to destroy the parts of me that bring me joy. I have experienced spiritual warfare in the past, but nothing that compares to Tuesday.
It unsettled me. It took me a while to realize what was happening and once I did, I prayed more fervently than I have ever prayed before. I called upon God to remove the pressure, I called out in Jesus name for Satan to release his hold on me, I dug into to scripture, yet the pressure remained through out my day. Through it all, I stood firmly upon the promises of Jesus, knowing He would rescue me when the time was right, knowing I could withstand the attack with Jesus at my side. I stood my ground. Finally around 4:30, I was exhausted, I prayed another prayer and laid myself down on the couch for a nap. When I awoke an hour later, the pressure was gone, removed by Jesus, and I felt joy and peace again.
Can anyone relate? I have to admit, sometimes when I am called upon by God to serve Him, there is opposition of some sort in my path. Often times as I draw closer to him, something happens. The bible plainly declares we are to expect spiritual attacks from the enemy.
(1 Peter 5:8) For me it is usually something minor, like a traffic jam, illness or the weather. Before leaving for South Africa on a mission trip I had an unexplained rash developed. Satan will use anything he can to draw our eyes off of God and where God is calling us. Satan would prefer we focus on the problems not the promises of God. As we draw closer to Jesus, Satan increases his opposition to our growth because Satan prefers we do not grow spiritually.
I know the battle I experienced on Tuesday would have been much more difficult to withstand had I not learned in scripture how Jesus protects us from spiritual attacks. How He intercedes before us, protecting us from the fiery attacks of the enemy. (Remember my post on Intercession.) I found it quite interesting that God had called me to write that particular post on how Jesus intercedes for us just prior to this spiritual attack. I was prepared because He had reminded me in advance what I would need that day.
The Bible speaks of spiritual warfare and the tools Jesus has provided for us when they do occur. (Ephesians 6:10-18) I was able to utilize each tool as I stood upon the promises of God. And when I was exhausted I knew I could rest from the battle, Jesus had my back.
How often do you read your Bible? What passages of scripture do you use to remind yourself of Jesus’ protection? Here are a few verses I find helpful: Psalm 32:7, Psalm 91:14, John 17:11,
2 Thessalonians 3:3. Choose some verses to remind you of Jesus’ protection, claim them as your own, tuck them away for when times get difficult, and rest in the true Protector.
With each sunrise and sunset, I am reminded of Jesus’ steadfast love and protection over me. As I continue to write, I know obstacles will come my way, self-made or from the enemy, but I know my hope and protection lies in Jesus Christ alone.
Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of the rains in early spring.