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When Your Faith is Under Attack

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Sermon shared by Brian Atwood

February 2006
Summary: Victory strategies from Jesus when your faith is under attack.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
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prey. Sitting still, the spider looks like a piece of dried leaf or foliage until a meal walks by. It will also crawl onto another spiderís web and tap the threads, mimicking the actions of a trapped insect. When the host spider appears, the Portia devours it. Deception is the Portiaís primary tool.

Satan is like the Portia spider in that deception is his primary weapon of choice. One of his favorite ploys is to get you so sidetracked by your emotions that you are ready prey for his attack on your faith.

Why should you trust in Jesus more than in your emotions? Why is this a good strategy when your faith is under attack?

Did you notice how Christ knew every detail about Peterís denial? Jesus said, "Peter, before the rooster crows this day, you will say three times that you donít know me."

Christ is aware of the attacks on your faith even before you are. You canít possibly be going through something alone when He is aware of your circumstances. God canít possibly be uncaring if He is concerned enough to pay attention to the details of your life. Jesus informed Simon Peter that the attack was coming. Christís awareness of the attack on Simonís faith was in detail.

There isnít a single detail of your testing that Christ doesnít already know about!

One of the most well known attacks on a manís faith was the assault by Satan on Job. Like Simon Peter, Satan requested permission from God to launch an assault on Jobís faith. While Job was fighting through his battle he said this about God.

Job 31:4 (NLT) He sees everything I do and every step I take.

Job was struggling but he knew that God was watching and caring. God sees every step you take. He knows every thing you struggle with, every difficulty you face.

The Bible also says this about God.

Psalms 37:23b (NLT) The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Circle "every detail." There isnít anything about your life that God doesnít know about and there certainly isnít anything that He doesnít care about. The Bible says He delights in the details of your life! He gets pleasure knowing about every single thing that goes on in your life.

Deb and I have had this ongoing discussion about details during our nearly 29 years of marriage. When weíre having a conversation she usually loves to tell about things in detail and I, on the other hand, like to get to the bottom line. I want to skip the details. Thatís probably a guy thing. But she forgives me and loves me anyway and I try to work on listening to more details. But because Iím human I fail.

God doesnít fail. Heís always interested in the details. He wants you to know that you can trust Him by telling you that He is watching every detail of your struggle. He knows that the attack on your faith is difficult. He knows more about whatís going on than you do Ė just like Jesus knew more about the struggle Simon Peter was facing than Simon knew himself.

Since He is aware of every detail, why doesnít he jump in right away and stop the assault on your faith from even taking place? Instead of saying, "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to test all of you as a farmer sifts his wheat. I have prayed that you will not lose your faithĒ, why didnít Jesus tell the devil to leave Simon alone? Why doesnít Jesus stop the attacks on your faith since
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