Fervent Week 3

Well, praise the Lord!  We survived Snowmaggedon 2016!  Jonas was brutal, but we have emerged victorious!  How did your reading go?  Hopefully you were able to complete Strategy 1: Your Passion and Strategy 2: Your Focus.  Thank you for those of you who shared your thoughts and scriptures!

You know what jumps out at me as I’m reading about these different strategies?  I hate the enemy!  He is so sneaky, so conniving, so manipulative.  I just hate him more and more each day.

So, now that I’ve established that…let’s dig in. 🙂
Here’s where she introduces a way to frame our prayers.  I use something similar to her P.R.A.Y model.  I learned it from a church camp I grew up in and it’s called ACTS. A-Adoration, C-Confession, T-Thanksgiving, and S-Supplication.  Notice you love on God twice here, by adoring Him and then thanking Him.  Not until the very end do you ask Him for anything.

Some things that jumped out at me was on page 28 where she outlines the difference between “condemnation” and “conviction.”  She made it clear that GOD convicts, so we can turn things in our life around.  Satan, who is a full time accuser, condemns.  He brings shame and guilt and bondage.  Being able to realize that difference the next time I start to feel it will be HUGE in winning my battle against his tactics.

Page 51 jumped out at me where it says, “so you can see when the devil is behind the argument, the frustration, the anger, the discord, the falsehood, the insecurity, the fear.  Ask Him to help you take your attention and emotional energy off the people and the circmstances…and refocus them on the real enemy.”  This has been a real challenge for us as we rush headlong into raising, for the first time, a pre-teen.  Jesus, take the wheel.  Emotions are high as hormones rage on.  Sometimes I feel like I legitimately need to lay hands on my oldest and cast a devil out of him.  He can go from sweet to psycho in like negative 3 seconds.  As I was reading this chapter, I said out loud, “Max is not the enemy!”
Like some light bulb had gone off in my head!
A true spiritual revelation.
Thank you Holy Ghost!

I’d like to share with you a link to a powerful prayer I heard from a woman named Wendy Blight.  I heard her speak this summer and by the end of her presentation I was exhausted both physically and emotionally.  SO much knowledge and truth.  She shared with us how to pray on the Armor of God.  I try to pray this over my kids every day.  Check it out…you won’t be sorry.
http://wendyblight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ArmorOfGod.Prayer.pdf

We are gaining some serious ground here!
Realizing his tactics of our demise will empower us to target him and send him running.

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Next week dig in to Strategy 3: Your Identity and Strategy 4: Your Family, both BIG ONES for me personally.  As you read Strategy 3, look for ways that the enemy has attacked your identity.  Is this your Achilles heel?  Has he crept in through innocent ways and caused comparison to overwhelm you?  One way he used to get me was through Facebook.  Oh boy.  Facebook is not a bad thing.  We don’t need to “bind Facebook in the name of Jesus” but YES, it can be a tool the enemy uses to shape your identity as you compare yourself with others on your newsfeed.  It can ruin a day, a relationship, very quickly.
Be specific.  Where has the enemy targeted you in shaping your identity that is contrary to what God says about you?

Strategy 4 is beyond major for me.  I’ve already mentioned that we are going into new waters raising our first pre-teen.  The enemy has a MAJOR field day with the tender relationships in our house because of the tone that is set by raging hormones.  On page 78 she tells us to “GET SPECIFIC” about how and where the enemy is attacking you in this area.  Call them out.  Get prayer for them.  Lay them before the cross.  Is it with your spouse?  Your children?  Or other family relationships?  Share them if you will so we can bind together in the name of Jesus for our families.

Share your responses and thoughts in the comments section.  I love hearing what’s on your mind.

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I’ll be praying for you all this week!
I am so thankful for you all and I pray a blessing over your life in Jesus name!

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