The Diversion

The Diversion

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. – Ephesians 2:10 ESV

Recently I found myself in the throes of anxiety. For several months, I’ve been in a very busy season. When an unexpected obligation popped up, it sent me into a tizzy. I whined, I pouted, I vented to my husband.

But the obligation was still there. After a restless night of sleep, God met me in the quiet of the morning. “You forgot,” he said, “That I will help you.” In that moment I could see that I had been deceived by the enemy.

See, the enemy told me I couldn’t handle all that was before me. If you don’t know my history, let me share with you that I used to have panic attacks quite regularly. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one, but Satan loves to remind me of that time and use it as proof that I can’t handle the future.

It’s easy to fall for the tricks of the enemy because he uses what we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch to distract us from what is really going on.  What he says seems to be rooted in reality.

In my case, it is a fact that I used to have panic attacks. That’s the reality. Now here’s the lie, “You couldn’t handle things then, so you won’t be able to handle things now.” Seems logical. But God never said I had to handle things alone. So many times in the Bible, God promises to walk with us, to uphold us, to never leave us. He says that he will help us.

That’s the part the enemy left out. God showed me that my panic attacks were due to a lack of faith that God would help me. And because of that lack of faith, I was not able to do God’s work. I was wrapped up in myself. I was distracted.

It is important to note that the enemy always has a dual purpose for his attacks. Yes, he wants to hurt us, but as followers of Christ, he knows he can never have our soul. So his second and most important purpose is to make us ineffective for kingdom work. The enemy knows that we are all called to go and make disciples of all nations. You better believe that’s not happening if we are not protected by the shield of faith.

If we do not know and profess what is in God’s word, we will be distracted by the flaming dart in front of us while the enemy is busy at work behind us.

Friends, let’s not let that happen. Let’s take up our shield of faith.

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Erica Evans About Erica Evans

Erica Evans is a wife, HR professional, and a Highly Sensitive Person. She believes God has given each woman a unique calling, but fear and discouragement can set in on the journey. On her blog, Confident, Competent & Fulfilled she writes honestly about emotions in order to propel women past them, and towards their destiny.

Comments

  1. Thanks for this reminder that we don’t have to do it alone. How easy it is to forget that God promises to help us through everything he allows in our life, because so often the fiery darts of reality blind us from the fact God is bigger than our problems.

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  2. Wow, this is really timely, especially during the holidays where people begin to feel this pressure and it makes them sad and anxious. Thank you for the thoughts and reminders!

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  3. Thank you Lisa & Cherie! I needed to remind myself too. Blessings to you both!

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