There is no doubt that we who are in Jesus are in a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:10-20). We have periods of respite from it, as in rest, but we can never not have our spiritual armor on, which God gives to us in Christ. We’re to be strong in the Lord, in his mighty power, and we’re to put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand our ground against our spiritual enemies, the wicked spirits when the day of evil comes.
It is important for us to know just what form that evil can take, so that we can recognize it and thus stand against it, with the power and wisdom the Spirit gives. Not that other sins or temptations can’t get to me at times, but anxiety or worry is a besetting sin and temptation of mine. I can be in what is relatively perfect peace and rest for me at least, and then all of the sudden some thought comes in out of the blue and all my peace and rest are gone, or at least tugged at with little resistance, so that it soon collapses.
Instead of buying into the point of worry, I need to step back and prayerfully consider. Usually all worries come and go. Paste whatever struggle you face in its place. It seems so real at the time, completely convincing, but give it a day or two, or usually less, and it won’t look nearly as bad, if on our radar at all. But key here is to not accept it as reality. To instead accept only God’s will in Jesus which includes God’s promises of protection, power and provision. Oftentimes God will meet us at our point of need without us having to lift a finger. Other times God may say to us like he said to Moses, “What is that in your hand?” (Exodus 4). God will give us the insight we need and the ability to follow through on whatever needs to be done. Or perhaps not done.
The main point of what I’m trying to say in this post is that we should not be taken back and off our feet when the troubling thought or temptation comes. That we should learn to see it for what it is, to see through it to the one who in Jesus promises to see us through.