WATCH WHERE YOU ARE WALKING!
One problem I notice in some people I counsel about spiritual warfare is that they become preoccupied with the enemy and their battle with him. It’s all they think about. Now I know we must be alert to enemy attacks and work against us, but it is Jesus we must think about and be preoccupied with. If the enemy can get us so focused on our battles with him that we lose sight of Jesus then he wins. Satan and demons want to be worshiped, they want to be recognized and dreaded. When we fear them we give them what they want, it is like worship for we give our main recognition of power in our life to them and not to God. Unfortunately we often give them more credit than they are due.
I will give you this advice, though. Do you remember when Peter walked on water? He kept his eyes on Jesus and did fine. But then he looked at the waves around him and started sinking. So he called to Jesus and looked to Jesus again and Jesus restored him. The storm didn’t stop, the water was still there, but He looked to Jesus and was safe. That is what we must do as well. Don’t focus on the problems or attacks but look at Jesus. Spend time reading the Bible and thinking about what you read. The book of Philippians is a good book to read to help keep your eyes on Jesus. So is John. Look for promises He makes to you and keep your eyes on Him.
Matthew 14:29-31 Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Ask God to show you if you are giving too much attention and focus to Satan and demons. Do you fear them and what they can do, or do you trust in Jesus? Ask God to help you have a healthy balance in these things.
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by Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer, Christian Training Organization