First a note on spiritual warfare. There are different opinions about it within the church.
You have the guy who sees a demon everywhere, in a Starbucks cup, in the dark and at McDonald’s. Some do not believe spiritual warfare is real and so whenever it comes up they think you are nuts.
Here is the reality, the Bible is clear about a few things:
- Satan is real
- Jesus is real
- Demons and angels are real
- There is a world we do not see, the spiritual realm
- All of us who pray believe in this spiritual realm or else we wouldn’t pray
The Bible is also clear about what happens whenever you take a step in the direction of following Jesus and doing what He wants. In this case, the 30 day intimacy challenge. The 30 day intimacy challenge is designed to help couples raise the level of intimacy, bring them closer together and teach them to meet each other’s relational, emotional and physical needs. For those who aren’t married, it is designed to train them to have integrity, boundaries, allow Jesus to meet their needs as opposed to looking for those needs to be met by someone that is not supposed to meet them (ie. boyfriend, girlfriend, fiance’ or porn).
In case you realized it or not, doing the 30 day sex challenge is right up the alley of what Jesus wants in our lives, it is a step in the direction of living biblically. Now, you can live biblically without doing the challenge, so don’t misunderstand. But, when you decided to do the challenge, you also invited Satan to come and hang out in your life. Anytime, we take a step in the direction of following Jesus and the Bible, we invite Satan. We don’t invite him, but he comes anyway.
If you haven’t already, here is a warning. Get ready for the world you do not see to come and hang out in the world you live in.
If you are not married, over the next month as you try to have integrity and purity, as you try to live a Godly life, Satan will do everything in his power to stop that. He will do everything in his power to bring temptation into your life, make you busy so you forget to meet with God, he will do everything in his power to keep you from keeping your commitment.
If you are married. He will do everything in his power to make sure you do not connect with your spouse. Whether that is making you too tired, making sure the kids keep walking in, you will fight more in the next month than you did last month, you will find reasons why you don’t want to do the devotional guide together.
You are becoming more like Jesus.
So, have patience. When this happens, take a deep breath, pray alone or as a couple. Get another person or couple to walk with you (who is doing the challenge, in case you don’t know, a high percentage of our church is doing this) someone who can pray for you and ask how it is going.
And know this, the goal of following Jesus is to become like Jesus. The fact that Satan is taking notice means you are going in the right direction.