When exploring different aspects of the Christian life, you must consider that you are going to be a target of attacks. This is especially true if you are heading in the direction God wants you to go. If you’re doing what the enemy wants you to do, he leaves you to handle your own demise. Once you decide to turn away from the way of the enemy, the attacks begin. This also happens during a promotion, when God is moving you to a new level. Like my pastor says “new levels, new devils.” These attacks can come from anywhere, even your most trusted friends. The enemy doesn’t discriminate and will even use another Christian. Remember when Peter rebuked Jesus for saying that He must go the Jerusalem and be killed? Jesus quickly called him out saying “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me.” So don’t think that the only people Satan uses is your enemies. No, he can and will use well meaning people as His mouthpiece to throw you off. Stand strong! If you’re armored-up, you won’t be rattled. Remember that they are your friend, so don’t be too hard on them.
But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Matthew 16:23