At an Elijah House Seminar once, I was spilling my troubles to one of the coordinators with a ready ear. She prayed for me with the comment, “It sounds like you’ve raised your head on the battlefield.” Never having heard this before, I asked her what she meant. Annie went on to explain to me that when a person steps out and does something, like a ministry for the Most High, it is sometimes like they become a head taller on the battlefield than everyone else so the enemy can easily see them above all the others. Consequently they get shot at more often.
By shot at I mean they will be attacked in the spiritual realm. When I look back on my Christian walk I can see this happening constantly. But it is only in the areas lacking in us that Satan can attack. That is, areas of sin, whether ignorant or not. Hence why it is so important we purify ourselves and rid our lives of unrighteousness. Does anyone remember the eye of Sauron in Lord of the Rings? Whenever Frodo weakened and put on the ring, that eye would swivel around and zero in on him. The Dark Riders were dispatched immediately and without fail. The less we weaken and fall into sin, the more Father is able to protect and bless us.
Nor do we have to have some big name ministry to attract Satan’s attentions. It could be as simple a thing as praying more often and earnestly, witnessing more zealously, studying our Bibles more diligently, or becoming more obedient to Father’s will. Let’s face it, the vast majority of Christendom is sitting back living their lives in pursuit of their own pleasure, not doing a lot for Yahshua except attending church on Sunday and saying an occasional Our Father. Just as I did for the first 31 years of my life. Satan does not worry about nor come against these people. And I don’t think Yahshua is going to come FOR them either. They may just have to prove their mettle on the fiery blade of a guillotine.
Know this: when a person becomes a Christian they enter a battlefield. There is no way around, over, or under it. The enemy is Satan and his forces of darkness, for he is the god of this world. Since Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden of Eve when they gave dominion to that old serpent, the devil, that’s been the name of the game. No matter how we may hate it, we do best if we get used to it. And learn to love the battle. Anybody see Braveheart? As William Wallace said, “Yeah, some of you may die.” Well, every man dies (whether physically or to self), not every man really lives. He said that too, at least in the movie.
For those who are serious, buying a book on spiritual warfare should be a prerequisite. I like Rebecca Brown myself. Watchman Nee and Jesse Penn-Lewis are also recommended. There are a lot of new ones I’m not familiar with. Becoming a spiritual warrior in these last dark days is an absolute necessity. It is incredible what can be done with the invisible armour and weapons such a warrior is given for his use. I’ll leave you to read about them in EPHESIANS 6:10-20.