You will be tested. Like Jesus’ desert trial, the enemy comes, probing the perimeter. He knows your story, knows where the weak spots are. But this is our training. This is the spiritual equivalent of, “Take a high guard, like this. Strike from high. Like this. Do it. Blade straighter. Leg back. Bend your knees. Sword straighter. Defend yourself.” This is how we develop a resolute heart. We make no agreements with whatever the temptation or accusation is. We repent the moment we do stumble, repent quickly, so that we don’t get hammered. We pray for strength from the Spirit of God in us. We directly—and this is the one thing so many fail to do—we directly resist the enemy, out loud, as Jesus did in the desert. We quote Scripture against him. We command him to flee.
By the time it’s over, you’ll wish a few angels would drop in and minister to you as well. I pray they do.
And that’s the memo.
By John Eldredge from Fathered by God