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By Mark - 23 Aug 2011

In Reference to: 28 February 1993 - THE ENEMY ATTACKS US WHERE WE'RE THE WEAKEST

I am experiencing this in a major way currently. I returned to a life in Christ about 2 1/2 years ago after a life of drunkenness and material pursuit. I was very successful and was able to amass quite a few things of this world. No wonder I never felt the pangs of his temptation before…I was living and doing exactly as he wanted even though I thought I was basically a good man.

Now I lead a God centered life, lead small groups at my home, am very active in church, am very active in my AA group, leading meetings and sponsoring other men. I am finally leading the kind of life that I feel God wants me to live, and now, for the first time in my life, I am becoming victim to severe financial issues in my business. I have been struggling with this for several months now and after reading this sermon, can see what is going on.

First, I am not blind to the fact that we are in as severe an economic climate as we have ever been, but after some deep reflection, I am clear that I have a major weakness with personal financial security. The fact that I have worked so long and hard not to have any issues actually proves this point. The Enemy is attacking me at my very weakest.

The other night, I found myself saying “I was better off drinking and living the way I used to. I never had any money problems”. Fortunately I caught myself and dismissed the idea quickly, for that would be exactly where he wanted me to be. In that place of weakness, he was ready to drag me back down to the depths. I was able to stand, but not without an enormous amount of struggling.

Reading this sermon tonight and several other scripture verses, I now find that I am already feeling stronger because I know that I have to be the one to take up the Sword of the Spirit and hold fast to the Lord. I cannot just pray to God for things to get better. I have said many times tonight, “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world”.

I know that these attacks will continue as long as I am a threat to the Enemy and if I am living the way God wants me to, I will always be a threat. Today, it almost got the better of me and reading the Word of God has renewed my steadfastness. I also know it may get worse before it gets better, but what does it matter to gain the whole world if I am to lose my soul.

Thank you for this sermon.