As many of you here know I have been battling a great spiritual depression. I've felt so far from God these past couple of weeks and finally I understand why. All throughout this battle it did not occur to me or any of you that the devil was doing his work on me. He works behind the curtains to make sure no one notices him, and I sure didn't. But God has given me someone in my life who discerned this for me and encouraged me I still was a child of God. Satan used my sin and self-reflective attitudes to my destruction, and caused me to doubt my salvation among other things. But now I truly believe it has been the devil's work this whole time. He has been the one bringing me down with all my weaknesses, tearing me apart from God. Why do we as a church largely ignore the devil? He is the one who brings us down, but God is the one who brings us up! This depression I have been facing has not been my sin (which is also from the devil) but from the devil convincing me I wasn't good enough, when God was reaching out all along. 1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.