I’ve heard much about Satanic attacks, and even though the Bible talks about them, they’ve been so far from my experience that I haven’t paid much attention. But over the last two or three weeks, I definitely feel I have encountered them.

I was humiliated by a couple of people who showed no respect for me or the God I serve. I was treated in an evil way, dehumanized, and was left despondent for several days.

Both of these “attacks” were directly related to the writing I’m presently doing—what I believe to be one of the most important pieces of work God has led me to do. Although I’m writing my story, it’s not for myself alone I’m doing so. The book will be the sum of many years’ work. Work that will help understanding about mental illness grow. It’s another effort to increase acceptance of individuals with such issues. It will promote a world where people with such disabilities will be accepted as human beings, equal to other human beings.

My resolve has not diminished. In fact these attacks have pointed out, more than anything, the importance of doing this work. God’s work.

I’m learning that the best way to defeat Satan and those who serve him, is to joyously continue the work God has given me to do. Doing so takes away the pain and allows God to work through me, making good come out of bad.

The apostle Paul’s message from Romans 16:17-20 could be for all of us who want to search for God’s truth and be obedient to him:

And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people. But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

marja