Out of my ordeal, comes a defiant message of victory. Many are asking me how I am doing. The answer is, even though I am in pain—I still can’t walk very well—doctors have no idea what’s wrong with my hip, spine, and leg…I am excited.
Why am I so excited? Why am I praising God out loud? I am not glorifying suffering or sickness. I believe we have total victory over them. I know I am receiving my healing through the prayers of many. It’s just that I have discovered something about my affliction that excites me: Satanic attacks are the breakfast of champions.
Satan is paying me the highest compliment. Martin Luther said, “Satan only attacks those he fears.” Many of today’s teachings have it backwards. They think they are being left alone because they have great authority. Actually, they are being ignored because they do not pose a threat.
I remember in high school football the one thing you didn’t want was a clean uniform. If there’s no mud on you, it’s because you are on the bench. The same is true in spiritual warfare. If no one is trying to lay a glove on you—you are not dangerous to darkness.
Early in my ordeal I did not understand. Like so many who bask in nights of miracles and the outpouring of God, I was not prepared to have it come to a screeching halt. I had nights of shocking pain—that no medication could touch. There was no position that didn’t hurt. Sleeping was a joke. At times my soul was so vexed, I wondered if I would lose my mind.
Now I am overtaken by an even deeper revelation of spiritual warfare—a revelation of the breakfast of champions. This can totally revolutionize the way you fight and endure an affliction like mine. It begins with a simple admission:
God did not do this to you, the enemy did. But, God will capitalize on it, in a way, that will make the devil wish he had never touched you. Here are the two devastating outcomes—for the devil—after he attacks you.
- This suffering in your soul will transform you into a healing gift for others. Listen to Paul: “What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.” -2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
What God puts in your soul to comfort you during this trial becomes a gift for others. You emerge from this trial a more advanced healer—a more diverse and useful vessel.
Every minute I lay here, I feel my compassion for others deepen, and my resolve to see miracles intensify. I can chafe against the process, or I can have let patience have its perfect work. But there is a second benefit to come out of these attacks.
2. The weapon that was supposed to kill you, will end up a weapon in your hand. Goliath charged David with a sword—not just any sword—but a legendary sword. For Goliath that weapon had one goal—to kill David. The last thing the giant ever imagined was being beheaded by his own sword, and to have his prize possession become David’s sword.
Haman was hanged on the gallows he built for righteous Mordecai. Daniel watched his enemies thrown to the very lions they meant for Daniel. Likewise, the fiery furnace incinerated those who had the 3 Hebrew boys thrown in it first.
Lucifer put Paul in prison in order to stop him. He did not stop Paul in fact, he soon realized it was his worst mistake ever. Paul said in Philippians 1:12 “I want you to know that the things which happened to me have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the Gospel.” That is the greatest understatement of the last 2,000 years.
Every time Satan attacked Paul with imprisonment, Paul wrote another letter. Until the collection of his writings became more than half of the New Testament. How massive of a mistake was that for the devil?
So beloved brother and sister in Christ I am excited and full of peace. Not until heaven will I understand why I am enduring this great test. I know I am being healed. But I also know something much greater—Satan will regret the day he attacked you and me.
Paul must have written this verse over breakfast: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”-Romans 8:18