And now abides faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Once the enemy sees that your faith is not moving – he begins to attack your capacity to love.
Yesterday I touched on one of the first things which the enemy attacks, our faith, once he realizes your faith increases under attack he moves on to your capacity to love. He begins to remind you about people who hurt you, left you, offended you, etc. You begin to sense that your heart is wandering from God and into bitterness, anger or nostalgia.
Bitterness: Harshness. Sharpness of taste; lack of sweetness.
Anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment.
Anger: is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong.
Nostalgia: a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
The enemy will make you feel like you are missing out on something, and that God is holding out on you. That God has forgotten about you, and simply over looks you. I have been battling with these attacks recently, and I constantly have to raise a standard against the enemy because the word of God is my sword and my faith is my shield. I advise you, if you are not certain of God’s love in your life, or battle with feelings of unworthiness this is a place where the enemy will pick on your scabs.
Another way the enemy attacks our capacity to Love, is by telling us that we do not love God enough, that we are not doing enough or being good enough for God’s favor and blessing to touch us. I remember battling with these type of thoughts a few years ago, and it was something I had forgotten until I overheard a conversation which I was meant to hear. This is the place where the enemy comes through the mask of works and religiosity to steal our peace, as if God’s love is something earned. People who stay in this place do not ever know God, they remain in a a self involved place and consequently develop cold merciless hearts, towards themselves and towards others. This is a very dangerous place to be. This always reminds me of the book of Galatians.
Then there is the discontent attack. Where you focus on what you need rather than focus on appreciating what you have, and what God is doing by faith. The enemy comes at us to steal our peace and our joy, because without these we are on the defense not the offence. When we are on the offence we are able to protect ourselves, while being on the defense makes us busy in doing (nothing) and justifying our actions (even while we are in the wrong). We cannot see life objectively, and seldom are we able to see the truth of the matter- which is that we are beyond blessed.
My tactics against discontentment, for my entire walk with God is one scripture and a mouth and a heart full of praise.
I love God because He shows me who I am, who He created me to be, and He tells me what seeds were planted by Him and which ones were not. I love God because He is so funny. And so faithful. I love God because I don’t have to worry or stress. He keeps showing up and I don’t have to depend on myself. or fight for myself. I love God because He bought me with the blood of JESUS, and He made an investment in me.
I love God because He is with me, even when I’m far from Him, He finds a way to talk to me and put me back on track. I love God because He is so BEYOND, that He intimidates me but He challenges me and I love that.
I love God because He took me from the pit to the palace, He set my feet on solid ground. I love God because He listens to my prayers and my crazy thoughts. I love God because He supplies all my needs. But I love God the most because I didn’t know Him before, I knew about Him before, but who am I that God would think of me.
Dear God, I know that you are the one fighting against all these mental battles in our moments of weakness. I know that some battles are for us to wrestle, and some are for us to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Thank you for your wisdom, and discernment. Thank you for your word God, I am forever grateful, because your word is life. You word is my strength, and I love you for it. I pray for all my loved ones to reach these levels of love for your word, and even more than I if it pleases you. Remind us Lord, that if we do not have it, WE DO NOT NEED IT! In Jesus name, Amen.