This topic has been on my mind for the last couple of days because as we have been working on things in preparation to return to Ch*na we have hit roadblock after roadblock with no end in sight. We also hear of other peoples struggles and trials in their lives and ministries while they are serving God.
Ephesians 6:12 says who the real enemy really is. They are not of flesh and blood! "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
If you really think about this verse that is a very wicked, dark and evil enemy. He does not want us to have the victory. He will throw out every stumbling block possible because he does not want us to succeed in serving Jesus. He does not want you or your ministry to succeed!
The rest of Ephesians 6 tells us how we can have victory. Satan is very powerful but compared to God's strength and power he doesn't even begin to compare. God has given us what we need to protect ourselves from the enemy.
Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
We have all this armor available to us and we need to be wearing it, all the time! Satan is looking for any weakness in the armor, lets be keeping this armor on! Keep on trusting in Jesus and do what He has given you to do! If you are at a point where it feels impossible and there is nothing you can do but trust in Jesus and rely on His promises to you then you are in a good spot! Keep pressing forward and continue to trust in Jesus! Has He ever let any of us down?!! He is worthy of SO much praise!
So, rest in Jesus and keep pressing on!