I had lunch with a friend a few weeks ago, and with tears in my eyes I told her I didn't know why I was having such a rough time. As we talked, she quoted this passage from Psalms: "He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support."
She reminded me that the enemy of my soul is ruthless.
He confronts me in the day of my disaster. He kicks me when I'm down. He comes at me from all sides when I'm feeling like I'm at my lowest.
I know she's right. I've seen it. I've lived it.
While there are many Christians who blame the devil for far too much, I know I don't blame him nearly enough.
I need to get better at recognizing his schemes.
I've got to realize sooner when he's attempting to steal, kill, and destroy in my life.
I need to catch on quicker when he sends my heart spiraling with false accusations.
Because I can't fight an enemy I don't acknowledge.
And though I've been fighting, I haven't actually been fighting against the enemy as much as I need to be.
So I'm gonna be talking to the devil more than usual today.
I'm gonna call him out for the thief and liar that he is. I'm gonna remind him of the truth God says about me. I'm gonna look him in the eye and declare, "Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise."
This battle's not over yet.
And I'm staying in the ring.