Yup, one of those times again...Something great happens, you're on cloud nine in celebrating God's awesome faithfulness to you and then...bam, something just hits you from out of nowhere and you find yourself struggling to believe, condemning yourself for your hypocrisy? C'mon, I know I'm not the only one. But isn't that the way it works, sometimes. You make a decision, step out on faith, do something for God, determined to go forward and let God use you and BAM...Satan comes to knock you back. Of course, isn't that like the enemy. He's got you saying, "how can you even call yourself a christian, you messed up again, what a poor example you are because you fell into the enemy's trap again. You'll never do anything for God, you can't even overcome your own weakness." Maybe it's anger, maybe it's lust, maybe it's pride, maybe it's impatience, everyone has their own private battles, their own Achille's heel that they're working to overcome and the devil knows just where to strike his arrow at us, doesn't he. BUT, let me tell you that we still serve an awesome, mighty God. Yes, the enemy may come to hinder you and your armor may get nicked a little, but he will NOT get through to harm you if you remember who you are in God! Don't dwell in the self-condemnation that the devil throws on you. Remember who you are! You're a child of the King. Yes, the enemy may rear his ugly head and try to frighten you by his display of power, but let me tell you something...our God is GREATER! Our God is awesome and mightier than anything the enemy tries to throw at you-any temptation, any doubt, any fear...Our God is Greater! Put your christian music on, dig out your Bible, just start praising Him and glorifying His name. Read about His many promises to His children and know that you ARE a child of God if you've dedicated your life to Him. You're not perfect, no one is, we're all striving for perfection, we're not there yet. He's the potter and He's still exposing the air bubbles in our vessel, purging us of our impurities so that we can be a beautiful vessel that He can use. Isn't that what we all want? So, just start praising God and you'll soon be encouraged and strengthened and you'll see that obstacle for what it really is, an attack of the devil to try to take you out! To take you down. Are you going to let Him? NO! Throw the word of God in his face. "No weapon that's formed against you shall prosper." "I've never seen the righteous forsaken or their seed begging for bread." " God is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Find your own promise scripture and claim it. Remind the devil who's child you are and that he's not going to win. He's not going to be able to touch you or your family, try as he may. Angels are guarding you, you've got God fighting for you. "If God be for us, who can be against us." Put him in his place...under your feet and then STOMP on him!!!! What a difference you will feel and you can go on praising God, knowing He is going to guide your path. Trust HIM. Don't give in to what you see going on around you or what it looks like. Trust God to see you through and He will. He's an amazing God. Start thinking about all the great things He's done for you...all the times He's answered your prayers when you thought there was no hope. He WILL do it again. You don't have to know how or when He'll do it...just trust Him. He is a miracle-working God. You are an overcomer in Jesus. Stir up your faith. This world may be heading down the wrong path, but don't you give in to your fears. Be like Noah...even if you are the only person left, you stand. Know what you know and don't let anything take you off course. Go to church, worship God and let the word of God strengthen and encourage you. He'll show you the way and He'll never let you down. He loves you so much. Sometimes we just need to trust in Him, no matter what and remember that God is in control. So, Keep on fighting because we WIN!