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We understand life will have difficult days. But as the true sons of God we also expect to live in the presence of his favor and blessing. And evil is quick to take advantage of the situation – questioning our core identity when we’re facing various trials. 

This was the devil’s tactic when the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested. It was implied that Jesus should be able to do certain things if he really was the Son of God. But Jesus had no need to play these games or to prove his identity. He knew who he was and had already received his father’s validation. 

But evil still uses this tactic on us today. And we too must remember our identity beyond our season of testing. 

For instance, it might be assumed that our jobs, relationships, and health will all be blessed because we’re living life with God. And certainly, he pours out many blessings on us. But this doesn’t mean our life will be free from heartache, pain, and struggle. 

And it’s in those challenging days that we’re tempted to doubt. Is God real? Have I truly believed? Has my life simply been a lie? Perhaps this is proof that I’m not worthy of love and belonging after all. And evil is now positioned to take us out as we continue to spiral. 

Of course, engaging in sincere questions is a good thing. But our identity in Christ doesn’t have to falter as we do. Spiritual Warfare 101 in difficult days is simply remembering and holding on to the truth of who we are. We are God’s beloved sons in whom he delights. And this remains true even when we still have much growing up to do. 

In the end, dark and difficult days bring many challenges. Hold firm to the truth of your sonship even when it seems you have every other reason to doubt. 

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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