The enemy knows that God is at work in our lives. He wants to derail you, to get you off track.
Samson vs. Joseph
Samson was miraculously born. The only recorded prayer of Samson was at the end of his life, and it was for revenge. He married Delilah despite his parents’ advice simply because she pleased him.
Joseph, on the other hand, struggled constantly, from childhood. He was even thrown in prison for doing the right thing. But finally, he was placed in a high and honorable position.
David – “a man after God’s own heart” – but still he messed up, eventually. After he rose from grieving over his dying child, lost because of his own sin, he went and worshipped. (2 Samuel 2:12)
What have you been exposed to? What have you been put through? How many people have been hurt in a church and left and never come back? Whatever you have been through, whatever you have experienced, worship the Lord.
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10)