Here is a little picture into my mind.
(Yes, on some days you might not want to venture there--but today it's safe--I promise!)
The past couple of days I have noticed a stiff breeze while I was riding my bike. At certain points in my ride around the neighborhood I thought, Wow, I can't believe the wind is blowing so hard. And every once in a while there would be no wind at all. I thought, Well maybe God is sending a little extra wind to give me a better work out. And of course I thanked Him for it. ;)
Today once again I got on my bike for my ride. It is beautiful, sunny and in the 70's. Flowers are blooming everywhere and birds are singing. God is busy being creative!
As I rounded the second half of my first lap- I once again noticed the stiff wind. But as I looked up to the trees I did not notice any movement. Strange, I thought. And then I looked down at the flowers and saw no movement. Now you scientific people put you logic aside for one minute and follow me on a spiritual trip.
The Bible tells us that we battle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in the heavenlies. Walking on the ground at a slow pace does not cause such a noticeable stir in the air. Just like a person who is not really concerned about move forward in their relationship with God--does not concern the devil or his forces. But, when we start moving forward with a little more force--the territory that has been their dwelling place--well, it starts to be impacted by our movement. When this happens --we start to feel the resistance of things that we never even noticed before. Starting to get the picture?
The faster we move the greater the resistance. Now sometimes just like we take pleasure in the wind, if we recognize where our spiritual resistance is coming from and why, we can praise God. Because by the very resistance its self------ we know we are moving forward. So you see just like the wind gives me a better work out on my bike--thus making me stronger, spiritual resistance can also mature me and give me stronger spiritual muscles. You would think Satan would realize what he was doing and stop----but nooooooo! He probably keeps it up because 90% of us give up when we encounter the resistance. We figure the pain and hassle is not worth it. Do yo want to get stronger? Do you want to get in better shape spiritually?
THEN DON'T GIVE UP! Weeping endures for a night but JOY comes in the morning.
Get back up on the seat of that bike--listen to the voice of the Spirit guiding you and work those muscles girls!
That will preach!
Go With Jesus!