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What A Strange Thing That Happened

Once upon a time I was told, jokingly of course, that encouragement was not my spiritual gift.  That kind of hurt my feeling at the time, but after a few years of reflection I kind of have to agree with them.  There are simply some people in the Church who have the gift to encourage others.

Not me.  I have to work at it.  And I do so.  In fact, that  is one of the main purposes of this blog.  I want to encourage others to really think about what we in the Church do,  In turn, I hope that they come away from a blog post stronger in their walk with the Lord.

So, I was taken aback a bit to find myself in a debate this week with a rationalist/atheist.

Somehow they found one of my posts and decided that I would be a good person to debate how irrational our faith is.

I actually agreed with them.  From their perspective.  It is totally irrational from their view to believe in Someone we don’t see and can’t “prove”.

We went back and forth a bit until I asked myself a question.

Why was this happening?

Why after writing what is closing in on 600 blog posts would someone pick up one that I wrote weeks ago and had moved on from?

Here’s why I believe that happened.  It’s ok if you don’t, but I believe in this sort of thing.

My family and I have changed churches.  Not only have we changed churches, but we are happier in church right now than we have been in years.  We are taking it slow, but we are slowly submerging more of our feet each week.  Our lives are changing.

The enemy isn’t happy with that.

So, boom.  The enemy led someone to find a particular post of mine.  They engaged me in a way that I am not sure I have ever been engaged before.

You see, we don’t struggle with flesh and blood, but with rulers and powers and world forces of this darkness, and the spiritual forces of wickedness.

The real fight was not with any atheist that happened to find my blog.  The real fight was a battle that I could not see with my eyes.

What a strange thing that happened.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation and realized that it was a spiritual battle?

  1. November 25, 2012 at 7:26 am

    That happened to me a while back and I did about the same thing. Then a group of them seemed to attack and I ended up just giving up. Every time I posted something they came on strong. So I deleted all my posts and have not posted since.

    I guess, as I reflect, I let them get to me and will begin all over to post my feelings. But I need to add the constant arguing made me so depressed.

    Great post my friend!

    Ed

    • November 25, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Ed, what I forgot for a moment is that we have armor to protect us and a sword to fight with.

      • November 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

        I see I did also, thanks.

  2. robshep
    November 25, 2012 at 7:39 am

    2 years ago I did a post called Thanksgiving porn. It was to encourage Christians to seek freedom from porn. This week someone found the post and told me I was childish. Oh the joys of people who disagree with you.

    • November 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Rob, I suppose that means we are being somewhat successful???

  3. November 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I came to the Lord as an adult. I’d like to offer you a different perspective. While people argue, attack, and mock what you may not realize is that the Lord is working in them. It’s not just the adversary that is causing the conversation in order to attack. The Lord has to have material to work with and if people aren’t sharing their faith in conversation with those they meet, the Lord will draw them in while they are hostile and combative. They WILL hear the gospel. They will fight, they will deny, they will mock and they will scream. All the while there is a dark loneliness that screams when they are alone. There is sadness that cannot be understood. That sadness in my life was covered with laughter, drugs, parties and a belief system that is no longer important to acknowledge. I came to the Lord based on my determination to prove the Bible would have no effect if I read it. Well, I am happy to admit I was wrong. Never ignore the opportunity to engage. Let people mock. Let them rage. Let them insult. But ALWAYS treat them with value and respect. They ARE valuable to a loving God that draws them to Him when they hate Him. We love Him because He first loved us. When the darkness is more than they can bear, when the loneliness is deeper than they can escape, when the pain in their life isolates them….. your words will return to their mind. How do I know? Because I was one and the Lord rescued me.

    • November 26, 2012 at 5:11 am

      Rhonda, given that I believe in the total sovereignty of God, I can agree with this. I didn’t go full force into it, just hinted at it, was that we have the sword of the Spirit, the word of God. Where I ended it was a long reply where I basically just fired off pure “Word” at them. No response. They just kind of went away.

    • January 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Rhonda, your response is an encouragement to me. I have a son who is a young adult now. I thoroughly sowed the Word in him when he was younger, but now entertainment media has saturated his brain (he spends all day every day immersed in it. Recite a line from just about any tv show or recent movie and he can tell you what it’s from). I don’t get to see him often, but when we do see each other (like over the holidays), he loves to engage in “debate” over spiritual matters that he is presently rejecting. It drives other family members crazy. But he knows where I stand, so I know he is not trying to persuade me differently. I can tell it is his way of wrestling with the darkness that is engulfing his mind at the moment. I try to lovingly respond to him and encourage him to keep questioning and not just reject what he doesn’t understand. I don’t think he gets into spiritual discussions much elsewhere, because he doesn’t spend a lot of time around other people and those kinds of conversations are exhausting. Thank you for sharing your experience.

      • Wildcard608
        April 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

        . “I try to lovingly respond to him and encourage him to keep questioning and not just reject what he doesn’t understand.”

        If I may be so bold that sounds more like what your doing to his ideas of non-belief.

  4. November 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I’m never sure what’s a spiritual attack and what’s just the normal course of life. I do, however, believe spiritual attacks take place.

    • November 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Ricky, I agree. I don’t see a demon behind every rock or the cause of every tough week. Sometimes we are our own enemy or maybe we just have gas. But I’m correlating this happening just as we are beginning to actually be happier in church and the Lord than we have been in a while.

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