How You Respond Makes All the Difference.

So there are so many ups and downs on this earth it seems. One minute I am so confident and feel such clarity in the different areas of my life. I know that God has all this stuff in His mighty hand. I tell Him all about it and know without a doubt that He is taking care of it and that I am released from the responsibility of dealing with it and I am relieved I can take it and leave it at His feet!

Over and over challenges and hardship can roll in and I am able to face them head on, stare them down fiercely, unwavering and I feel the power of the Holy Spirit on me and within me and around me and WOW…it is awesome! Then BAM…something hits..it can be something really simple and small, but I can feel that constant assault in my ear ever so  tiny and nagging over and over until I feel like I am weak, lost, alone, hopeless… I want to just get satan in a room and punch him in the throat! But that is what the enemy wants right…to get to us, to tear us down, to back us into a corner, to create doubt and separate us from our Heavenly Father. Well sorry dude, but you picked the wrong girl to mess with! I will not be shaken from my faith in the goodness of God’s mercy, His plan, or His perfections.

So what do we do? How do we respond when the enemy seeks to kill and destroy, to take our focus from our purpose of living for God’s glory and turn it back the things of the world that plaque us all daily? We cry out in revocation of the enemy and we run our little legs as hard and fast as we can back to the comfort of God’s arms and loving mercy…or at lease we better!!!! For me it looks something like this. I grab my phone, put on my praise and worship music as loud as it appropriate in my office or where ever I happen to be and I focus on the words of the songs. “Savior, you can move the mountains, you rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave” and “Hold me Jesus, cause I’m shaking like a leaf, you have been king of my glory, won’t you be my prince of peace” and I’m trading my sorrows, I’m trading my shame, I’m laying them down for the Joy of the Lord…Saying Yes Lord, Yes Lord Yes, Yes Lord, Amen!” “How Great is Our God” “I Surrender All, I surrender ALL” As these words wash through my soul I reach for my Sword!   I read His Word .  I read what He says, PROMISES, about His plans for me…they are to prosper me and not harm me ( Jer 29:11). I read that He is faithful and that He strengthens me and guards me from the evil one ( 2Thes 3:3) and I remember that the One who lives within me is more powerful that the one who lives in the world (I John 4:4) and over and over I look back at His promises and remember that I am not of this world and even though I live in this world I do not have to be bound by its chains.

I have been studying David for the past few weeks using the Beth Moore book “A Heart Like His” and it has really changed a lot about the way I view myself. David was a warrior that is true but David was most importantly a prayer warrior, and David’s true strength was his heart and the faith that he demonstrated in times of adversity. So these times when I feel attacked I also look at Psalms. David repeatedly cries out to God for strength, deliverance, guidance, and he talks about the importance of faith in Gods consistency, His faithfulness, His mercies, His promises. I am pretty sure that David faced equal to if not worse circumstances than we face today since “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecc 1:9) so if it was good enough for David, a prayer warrior whose heart was like God’s, then I am pretty sure it is good enough for a little country girl from small town East Texas.

So Lord I ask that you deliver me from the attacks of the evil one today. I ask that you remove the distractions of this world so that I can focus on you Father. I rebuke satan from me and my family and I call on the Power of the Holy Spirit in my heart to strengthen me against those who seek to harm. AMEN!

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