Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Spiritual Battle of Writing

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28


He doesn’t like it when we sit down to write. Our spiritual enemy’s mission to hurt God’s children and keep hearts blinded to the truth, is thwarted when we write for God. We may grow weary with writing and rewriting, but what we’re really doing is preparing for battle.

Satan delights to hinder God’s work. I’ve experienced his tactics. Have you? Even this week as my family works to release a magazine on spiritual warfare, we have gone through our own spiritual warfare. Satan will try to hinder God’s people from sharing the truth. Although we have a skilled enemy, our Lord Jesus Christ is a more powerful commander, and He has called us to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12 NKJV). Are you faithfully serving at your post? Are you allowing any part of your writing or enthusiasm to diminish because of spiritual warfare?

In His Word, God has given us an example of how to resist Satan’s tactics and discouraging whispers. Nehemiah had set his heart to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, but certain enemies in the area taunted him and the workers. Nehemiah’s response can be our response when Satan and his forces try to hinder God’s work.

The God of heaven Himself will prosper us;
therefore we His servants will arise and build,
but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 2:20 NKJV

Our confidence is in God.
Do you see the confidence in his words? Not in himself, but in God. Nehemiah identified Who they were serving—the God of heaven Himself—and who they were—His servants. So the enemies of the Jews had no right to hinder what they were doing for God. The principles works for us too.

When our spiritual enemy tries to hinder our work for God, we can answer in a similar way. God Himself will help us, and we are His servants. Satan has no rightful place in our lives to make us afraid and no authority to influence who we are or what we do. So don’t let him win.

When you sit down to write, don’t let the enemy have any place in your mind, heart, or life—in how you think, in your desires and what drives you, or in any part of your relationships, work, ministry, and dreams. Satan can never indwell a believer, but he will do what he can to hurt us and God’s plan for our lives and for others’ lives. Keep your heart close to God, and stay under the shadow of His wings (Psalm 91:4). Remember why you’re writing, and keep fighting the good fight. The story isn’t finished yet. There’s more work for you to do. 

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Katy Kauffman is an award-winning writer and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies, a ministry which seeks to connect people to God through His Word. 

She has taught the Bible to women and teens, and has two published Bible studies for women, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory and Faith, Courage, and VictoryShe is an editor of the new Refresh Bible Study Magazine and the designer of Broken but Priceless: The Magazine. She makes her home near Atlanta, Georgia.

25 comments:

  1. Amen Katy. I put on the full armor. Words can be war against the evil one. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. Dressing in the armor of God makes us ready for spiritual battle! Thank you for your comment, Cherrilynn!

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  2. Thank you for writing this Katy. The timing is perfect. I recognize the battle and need to be stronger and more confident in my response. Thanks again.

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    1. You're welcome! I am glad it was good timing, and I pray that God will help you to be victorious.

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  3. This is so true, Katy! Thank you for calling it what it is and reminding us to be confident and ready. Praying for you as you publish your June issue.

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    1. Thank you, Danetta! I could tell that people were praying, and I really appreciate it. The issue is sent now! Praying for you and the battles you are facing.

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    1. Thank you, Carole, and may God bless your writing.

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  5. Great reminder to remember that it's God who prospers us, Katy. So many times it's hard to see past the temporal and remember that there's a spiritual battle. Thanks for the good word.

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    1. That's true, Lyneta. We have to be aware of what's going in the spiritual realm too. Thank you!

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  6. What a terrific post, Katy! Thank you for sharing this encouragement. I've definitely felt under very direct attack when I write at times. Thanks for the reminder to fight the battle and stay strong under attack. Hope your issue gets published and God uses it in big ways!

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    1. Thank you, Jerusha! God blessed us finishing it today, and I hope it blesses other people. The articles we compiled are great, and they helped me! I hope you stay strong and keep writing for God!

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  7. It is great to remember that God has our back. Often He knows who needs our writing before we finish. That is inspiring and scary. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. He always takes care of us! That's a good thing to remember - there will be people who need to hear what God's given us to say. Thank you for sharing that.

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  8. It's so easy to allow Satan to discourage and defeat us. One verse that is my rock is 1 John 4:4: He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world. I forgot this truth over the past few months but I'm blessed that God has brought it back into my mind. With His strength, I can move forward. Thank you for an encouraging post, Katy!

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    1. That's a perfect verse to go along with this post. Thank you for sharing that, Sherry, and I'm praying God guides you and your writing and that you keep sharing His life-changing truth! Thank you for your comment today.

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  9. I'm encouraged! The struggle has been real. Thank you for writing this.

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    1. Terri, I am glad you found this encouraging. May God help you as you write!

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  10. Very timely and helpful post Katy! The battle is painful and wearisome at times but I'm learning the reward is well worth the effort. Thanks for the reminder:)

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    1. Erika, you brought up a good point. There is much reward that comes with perseverance. All the good God can do through our writing. For others, and for us too.

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  11. Katy,

    Thank you for your encouraging words:) Satan loves to defeat Christians especially when we are doing something we believe God has called us to do. I do love though when the Lord sends comforting confirmation as we act on His call.

    Sorry I did not sit down and talk while we were at the BRMCWC. I ate lunch with your parents and enjoying seeing them again.

    I am proud of you. Keep up the good work. May the Lord bless your writing and efforts this year. Blessings! ~ Judy

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  12. A encouraging article for those who struggled writing their thoughts on paper. 1 Timothy 6.12 is one of my favorite verses, it's an ongoing battle IF we keep our sight on Yah (God) who will provide the necessary tools to overcome any barriers. May YHWH bless you for sharing your "gift of writing".

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    1. Thank you, Humberto. God can help us to overcome whatever barriers we face as we serve Him and depend on Him!

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