Under Attack

Do you ever feel like you’re under attack? I don’t know about you, but there are some days when it seems no matter what I do or how hard I try, someone or something is right there…just waiting for the opportunity to knock me down.
The light at the end of the tunnel gets dimmer and dimmer until everything goes black.

Growing up going to church & Christian camps, Satan always sounded like this silly monster that they made up in a bad horror movie. But the older I get, the more I realize that this guy is the real deal.
While I don’t physically see him, he is there. I know this because I can be having a perfectly normal day…when out of nowhere, I’m angry about something that happened months ago.
I’ll feel good about myself, and then I’ll see a magazine cover and begin comparing myself to someone who is photoshopped.
I’ll judge a girl I don’t even know just because I’m having a bad day and dwelling on my own insecurities.
Or how about this one, ladies: your boyfriend isn’t doing anything wrong…and you’ll spend an hour searching for something to be hurt about.

All of those things sound normal and human…but they’re not. It’s the temptations of the world building up until they finally push us down. But will we let them break us?

Last night I was reading Matthew 4. I’m always amazed by this scripture…because Jesus is having a real life encounter with Satan. How terrifying is that? Jesus is fasting and doing the right thing. He was being obedient to his father. Guess what? Satan hates when we are doing the right thing. What does he hate even more? When we are obeying the father.
Satan is throwing temptation in Jesus’ face.
My favorite part of this scripture is Matthew 4:11

“Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.”

After Jesus went through struggle and temptation, angels came and ministered to him. This is why we can’t do life alone. When you are tempted, when it’s not fun to do the “right thing” anymore, when obeying God isn’t easy, who is there to minister to you?

I am seeking fellowship…because I watch myself fall into temptation and I watch as I get attacked, and I realize why it’s so difficult. We aren’t meant to be attacked and then go home alone. We are made to minister to others and to have others minister to us. We can’t fight battles alone, and we aren’t expected to. When we are tempted and hurting, we need the love of good friends to renew our faith again.

You might be someone’s guardian angel.
But who is your guardian angel?

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