We are half way through! Can you believe it!? This book has so many wonderful truths I feel like I can’t read it slow enough. How have you been doing? Are you finding it difficult to squeeze in the readings? Or are you having a difficult time stopping?! Either way, hang in there! I found it is good to pace myself so I can simmer in what God is speaking to me that week. When I’m reading a good fiction book I find I finish reading it only to have forgotten chunks of what I read! I guess I get to reading so fast, I miss key information. We aren’t in a race, so soak it all in! If you are finding it difficult to get reading at all, maybe you haven’t started with Chapter 1, don’t beat yourself up. This study will be posted on my blog until Jesus returns or the Internet crashes! Feel free to come back to it in the future, maybe in a time or season that you feel you are ready. If you have started, and are behind, pick up with us this week! No condemnation!!
Let’s get going. This last week we focused on Strategies 3 and 4 which tackled our identity and our family. Can I just say, that reading these two chapters made me so angry! It’s like a spotlight was shown on all the small, seemingly insignificant ways, the enemy tries to destroy us. But they are far from insignificant. Satan wants us to think they are insignificant. He wants us to brush them away like annoying little gnats, complain about how annoying they are, and really do nothing about them. The fights between our family members, the thoughts of irritation, the moments of self doubt, and the ideas of discontent all add up to one big victory for the enemy in the war he is waging against our heart, mind and soul.
There was so much goodness in these two short chapters, but here’s what I gathered from Strategy 3:
“If he can get you to believe his lies, you won’t feel equipped or entitled to stand up against him” which will cause me to be less effective in my “influence as a wife, a mom, a friend, a daughter, a sister.” Every facet of my life is affected when I believe the lies of the enemy and not the truth of what God says about me.
Each time I believe that I’m not good enough, not smart enough, I’m a terrible mom, a lukewarm Christian, an inadequate wife, fat, lazy, a terrible friend…I am sealing my own coffin. I am less effective and the enemy has won. All of those things I listed about myself are contrary to what God thinks about me, don’t line up with His word and are lies from the enemy. Because, “NO MATTER what is against you, it is no match for the power and authority He’s given you access to.”
Why do we keep allowing the enemy to have so much power in our lives?! It’s a mystery. One that must be stopped.
Strategy 4, Family, is an area where the enemy is really working hard on in my life. As I was reading this chapter I physically shouted “YES!” multiple times to the book!! on page 74 she says “He (Satan) targets our role as wives, targets our husbands, and targets our children. He brings dissension, infuses tension, unravels our sense of peace with disunity.” Um, can I say especially right before church?! And our favorite, days when Jason is getting ready to minister. Oh, boy. Nothing like a knock down drag out fight right before we are to walk out the door to church. One can’t find their shoes, one spills cereal all over the place, two are fighting, I can’t find the keys, the dog gets loose…it all adds up to a nuclear meltdown. So much for preparing our hearts to receive what God has for us. Satan has us defeated before we even get started.
On p. 77 she points out”…when the nitpicking turns into bickering; the bickering into outbursts; the outbursts into rude, below the belt unkindness and bitterness; the bitterness into slow, seething pullbacks of silence and isolation” which leads us to “all of you going to your own rooms-disconnected, disjointed and fragmented.”
I encourage you to check this video out. It was sent to me by one of our participants and it is SO good! It is Lincoln Brewster’s “Made New” and it goes perfectly with what we’ve learned this week. My prayer is that we can identify the tactics of the enemy so when we start to feel overwhelmed with his lies we can combat them with God’s truth!
This week we will read Strategy 5 Your Past and Strategy 6 Your Fears.
Even if you don’t have a tumultuous or storied past, that doesn’t mean you get off scot free from the enemy in this area. He can take anything from your past and use it to kill, steal and destroy you. I’m encouraging you to each time your past, whether it be something you’ve done or something you’ve said in anger, to apply Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 to it and allow God’s healing and grace to remove that situation.
In Strategy 6, Your Fears, take some time here and allow God to minister to you about even the smallest of fears that you may be carrying around. I love when she says that when the Israelites were crossing the Red Sea, God told them ‘Do not fear!’ He didn’t tell them, ‘Do not feel fear.’ “He knew they would feel fear, but He was telling them not to wallow in it.” So good. Is there an area where you feel overwhelmed with fear? The unknown? The probably never gonna happens? God has much to give you in this chapter. Savor it like a good meal. He’s here for you!
Ladies, as always, I have much love for you. I am so grateful for the comments you are sending me. Please know that I am covering you all in prayer each day. I’m praying that the Holy Spirit is speaking to you and is giving you new revelation about areas God wants to set you free. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and prayer requests if you feel led to. Here’s to a victorious week!