Hello Fervent ladies! How are you doing?! I don’t know about you, but the sunshine has me itching badly for spring. I am SO glad that fat little groundhog did not see his shadow! C’mon spring!
How are you all doing? I hope you are gleaning as much as I am from these readings. I feel a holy confidence each time I’m faced with an attack of the enemy. Not only am I able to identify his schemes, I am able to label them and pull out my best defense, God’s word, to send him running. I’m so thankful.
Let’s get started with Strategy 5: Your Past. I mentioned last week that even if you don’t have a crazy or trauma filled past, that doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to struggle in this area, and it doesn’t mean that God can’t use you. You may think, “Ah, I don’t have a testimony. God didn’t deliver me from drugs or an abusive relationship, etc. There’s nothing special about me.” That’s not true! God can take anything and make it a beautiful testimony. Just like the enemy can take anything and abuse you with it. I LOVE on page 98 where she says, “His glory comes from creating people of purity and spiritual passion who once did things like that. Like we’ve done. Like you’ve done. Like I’ve done.” So whatever he accuses you of, turn it around on the enemy and say, “Thank you for reminding me of ALL that God has done for me. And for reminding me of how wonderfully deep God loves me!” God makes ALL things new. Such a beautiful truth.
Strategy 6: Your Fears. Oh boy. I think this is a big one for all moms. We check on our babies and watch them sleep. Sinking low to watch for movement behind their closed, sleeping eyelids or for the rise and fall of their backs. We read books and articles online for how to best care for these little people and our prayers are ones of protection over their lives. Even as they get older. They may change, but sometimes our fears for them never do.
Risk is a scary venture.
Jason and I have taken risks before.
Some proved to turn out for our benefit.
Others…not so much.
But from each experience, we’ve learned so much.
I love this quote:
I could literally cry thinking about God speaking this over us.
Fear puts us in a prison.
A prison that only we have the key to.
The enemy has us here, recycling fears of a child dying or of failing or of looking ridiculous, or no one showing up, or… or… or. He has no authority to keep us there.
Yet here we are.
Fear; it’s not of God.
He’s behind us, pushing us, nudging us, encouraging us…to, like Psalm 34:8 says, to taste and see that He is so, so good.
When I decided to share my blog with people after over two years of just keeping it to myself, I was terrified.
I was afraid of what people would think of me, if anyone would read it, if it was a waste of time. The enemy’s voice was so loud in my mind.
I have felt such freedom since I decided to share my blog. So, whether or not people read it, Christ has set me free through it!
I have felt a deliverance from my own prison of what people think of me.
A confidence that can only come from Christ.
Next week, we tackle Strategy 7: Your Purity and Strategy 8: Your Pressure. As you read Strategy 7, think about ways that the enemy distracts you and where God may be calling you specifically to be holy. Is there an area you are struggling? She says on page 123 that “Separation. That’s what sin creates.” Is there an area where you haven’t fully handed over to God? He wants us to. He has SO much for us.
Last, Strategy 8, Your Pressures. Oh my. We put so much on ourselves. Here we learn that a “good thing can quickly become a god thing.” Do you take a Sabbath? I challenge myself and you to simply take a rest. We deserve it. God wants to spend time with us.
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