2) Acknowledge you will always be a sinner, but one who is forgiven. There is no chance in the Devil persuading Jesus to kick us out the family of God; He died for us while we were still sinners. Duh! If there is no chance in persuading God there should be no chance in persuading us. Don’t acknowledge your sin… acknowledge your forgiven sin, and tell him to go to Hell.
But what about those “spiritual lows?” Are they necessary? My short answer: no. In my life I’ve been on quite a few outreaches and overseas mission trips, where I could be in ministry mode, a spiritual high, for a whole week. What’s interesting is this: there’s no time for “spiritual lows” when I’m constantly in a state of “spiritual high.” Now by “spiritual high” I am not meaning that I spend every second of mission trips preaching. Perish the thought! But I do mean that 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 becomes the remedy for what ails the minister. For some reason, this verse rings truer on the mission field abroad, though it must be brought home: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
When you’re away from the pulpit (or any other ministry endeavor) there is no need to be in a “spiritual low” when you’re constantly in a state of rejoicing, prayer, and thankfulness.
That is the will of God, especially for the Christian leader.