“What kind of books do you write?” my neighbor asked. I told her a little of what I’ve written, smirking she said,”Oh, you’re a Christian author.”
Afterwards I kept thinking of those two words, Christian author. I remembered penning words and all the life labor that has gone into writing. The hard parts of my story opened up so others could find help in their hard. The smirks from family and friends that don’t understand why I do what I do. The pressing lies of the enemy whispering I’m not good enough.
As Christian writers we don’t write for a paycheck or because our lives are perfectly put together. We also don’t write because we’ve figured everything out or because we are good enough or better than anyone else. We write because it is a calling.
I don’t recall when I recognized that I wasn’t merely a Christian writer, but that as such, I was called to ministry and with ministry comes spiritual warfare.
I’m not alone in this, you too will go through the spiritual warfare that comes with the ministry of writing. You might not be a pastor, but your words breathe life into hearts—it’s a calling that Satan hates. His goal is to steal from people, and you are depositing into them . His language is lies, and your writing is calling out truth. It’s no wonder a Christian writer experiences spiritual warfare.
In this life we will all go through hard things. Those things usually fall into three areas:
Though all people go through hard, as a Christian writer the enemy tries to use the hard places in life to steal from us or to lie to us—and most of all to distract us. Friends, the enemy would not want any of us to write about uplifting things to help others follow Jesus. When doing so, we have a target on our back. I certainly have experienced the attack of the enemy over the years and especially in this current season. Since the beginning of the year the enemy has tried anything to stop me and discourage me. I am aware of the tactics, so instead of stopping I keep leaning into whatever it is God is trying to teach me or prune in my life. Leaning into God keeps me from spiraling down in discouragement or defeat.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings….after you have suffered a little while, Christ himself will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” 1 Peter 5:7-10
“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against their enemy…” 2 Chron 20
Praising God is the spiritual warfare we are to lean into. Praise, as you know, is the giving of thanks. If you have been struggling, you are not alone. Many of us have gone through or are now going through trials. Pay attention and stand firm. Lean into Jesus and let him use this season. Together let’s rise up to the calling of penning words of truth, hope and love—to the glory of God!
- Thank Him that He lives in you and works through you.
- Thank him that no weapon formed against you will prosper.
- Thank him that you no longer have to worry about being good enough because He is enough.
- Thank him for the call to write
- Thank him for all the life labor, lessons and trials that go into making you fit for the call.
And finally, thank him in advance for open doors of ministry in your future. Stay the course, write and lean into the God who called you—He is faithful.
How can you resist the enemy in this season of your life and writing career? What does it look like for you to lean in to Jesus rather than spiraling down in discouragement? What are you thanking God for in this season?
I’m leaning in with you…