Are you experiencing the greatest attack of Satan in your body, emotions, or your family? Don’t just lay there and take it. Now is the time for decisive action.
Even though I am fighting my way back from the most grueling health issue of my life…I have learned how to turn this attack from Satan into an attack on Satan.
Anyone who knows me can’t imagine me lying in bed for weeks. Being bedridden is the perfect torment for me. In the dark of night, Satan tried to torture me with thoughts of paralysis and even death.
Then the Holy Spirit instructed me to boomerang the attack onto Satan. How do I do that, I wondered? What I heard next was extremely difficult to accept in my condition—then the presence of God overshadowed me. Here are the truths God worked into me through this test:
Fact: Satan attacks you because he is mentally deranged. His attacks are impulsive and not well thought out. He risks more than we can imagine when he touches a child of God. His life story is nothing but a string of attacks that backfire.
That is not a comfort when you are facing the cruelest attack ever. I am certainly not going to trivialize suffering and loss. Believe me, I have a deep respect for the havoc he can raise, and the pain he can cause.
Fact: By following the Holy Spirit’s instructions we can make the devil’s attack on us an attack on him. The message Bible has a good rendering of Philippians 1: 12 “I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered.”
Look again at this phrase: “the opposite of its intended effect.” How can that mean anything but the attack on Paul turned into an attack on Satan.
When that prison door slammed behind Paul, it was a dark moment. He had no idea how long he would suffer. He didn’t know if he’d ever get out alive. Knowing Paul’s heart, his greatest agony was watching this ordeal shut down the ministry.
You can well imagine what images ran through my mind having to stop about our tent meetings and so many other things we are doing.
Here is what the Holy Spirit taught me to do:
1. I gathered up all of my strength, pointed at Satan and rebuked Him. I said, “this attack is now an attack on you!” I confessed that God now owned the situation. I declared that I was being healed no matter what my circumstances said.
2. Next, I confessed to God that my season of being healed—no matter how long it took—would be a tool of the Holy Spirit for growth, strength, and a greater fighting spirit.
3. But it was the last lesson I learned that was the most significant. I learned to seek my Father for no other reason other than He is my Father. I had no idea how much of my past praying was dominated by requests for greater power, or more provision, or for revival. Noble requests all, but now, in the presence that flooded my room, they seemed so secondary. Being near to Him meant everything.
Now, in the midst of all of this, I live in a level of trust, power and clarity I never would have gained except through this great test. The devil will pay, for the rest of my life, with the lessons I will have learned in this difficult season. That is why I say with Paul…” I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” -Romans 8:18