I was at a point in my walk where I blamed God for all the wrong that was happening in my life. My anger at God had caused me to walk away from my calling and distanced myself from Him; from the one person in my life who had never let me down. My life had become about going through the motions of a Christian, but I did not have the intimacy. I felt empty and dead inside. It was as if God had abandoned me to this life of chaos and loneliness.
Until we realize that we must release control of our lives over to God and that we can do nothing but through Him, then our lives will feel as though we are walking in the wilderness. For some of us (me), the thought of having no control in our lives is unfathomable. Thoughts of how we will survive or function and a million other crazy thoughts begin to surface. An analogy I like can be found on the Disney movie Ants. The harvest line is moving along until it disappears and then everyone panics.
The enemy will get in our heads and make our lives seem chaotic. Only when we allow God to move in our lives and take the reins, will He lead us to path of peace and tranquility. Yes, there will be some hardships because the enemy doesn’t want us to succeed in life. The devil is more than happy to let us mope and give in to our flesh than to vanquish him and his minions back to the pits. But, our God is greater, as the song goes.
Living a fulfilled life for Christ requires us to put forth more effort because we are fighting a war. It is an unseen war of demonic spirits trying to influence us through our flesh, which acts like a child throwing a temper tantrum, our family and friends, and many other obstacles that will try to steer us to the path of darkness.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV
President Theodore Roosevelt said “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
If we continue to fight the good fight as Paul said, then we can only increase in the strength and love of Christ and our spiritual fight can become easier because our armor is on and our faith is in abundant supply. We must not give up and give in to the demonic influence that makes us see God as the reason for our trails. Our trials are there to make us strive to have a stronger walk, build our faith in God, and to see what we as a person are truly capable of. In our weaknesses, He is truly stronger and therefore, we become stronger. Some of the battles are of our own making because we strayed from the path, but God is always there to redirect us.
Sometimes, the natures that He has put into us for the Kingdoms use, rebels against our spirit and we stray off the path towards the way of the flesh. Only when we disciplined our flesh and exercise our faith will the demons flee in Jesus name! Be blessed!