Writing can be a lonely task even if you’ve joined arms with other writers who understand you. As such, we are often prone to fits of discouragement which stall our progress.
One of the things we tell couples in marriage counseling is to fight the right enemy. My spouse isn’t my enemy (and even if they were, Jesus tells me to love my enemies and to do good to them). But there are spiritual forces aligned against us – those who seek to steal, kill, and destroy what God is doing in our lives.
Having recently returned from our yearly Pastor’s Conference, I was reminded how important it is to get into the Bible everyday so I can be equipped to fight the real enemy of my soul. The one who lies to me about who I am, what God thinks, or what God wants to do in my life.
The Bible tells us to examine ourselves regularly, but there is a difference between examination and condemnation. Our hearts are tricky things, more deceitful than anything else in the world. And the enemy has been studying men’s hearts for a long time. Thankfully God is greater than my heart because He knows the real truth of a matter.
And He’s gracious when I fail.
I can’t say the same thing for myself sometimes. And so I need to remind myself that I’m not the enemy either. That there’s a God out there who’s crazy enough about me to die for me.
When we stand in those truths, we can turn our cannons at the proper foe.