My Own Worst Enemy

Monday

“Keep and protect me, O God, for in You I have placed my trust and found refuge”.             Psalm 16:1 Amplified Version

Often, it is not the world “out there” or the dark spirit that is set to destroy us that does the most damage – it is ourselves.
We are our own worst enemy.
When I get tired of “myself” and need a Savior, I ask Jesus to rescue me. He is there in a nanosecond and surrounds me with His love, grace, mercy and power.
If you are needing rescue from your own worst enemy, join me and pray:
“Jesus, keep me from getting wrapped up in myself and not seeing what is going on in the lives of those around me.
Keep me from being obsessed with myself.  Obsessed with what others think about me, how I look, how much I eat or don’t eat or whatever. When I am so focused on myself, I don’t see or hear others. 
Keep me from over-analyzing every single word of every conversation trying to dissect every word and how I should respond differently.  When I do this, I completely miss what You are doing all around me. Help me to listen well and hear what others are really saying.
May this be the last moment today I think about myself. May my focus and energy be to worship and magnify You. May my eyes be open to see what You are doing and how you want to use me there. Help me to celebrate how different we are and yet how very similar as human beings. Help me to think more of others than myself. 
Help me to uncover every moment of joy you have prepared for me.
Keep me from me and hold me close to YOU today.
In Your Powerful Name, AMEN.”

Past Tense 

  

The challenge you are facing is present tense. 

The change, the transformation, that needs to happen is future tense. 

But God’s promises are past tense. 

For a timeless God who is the same, yesterday, today and forever, the use of past tense is on purpose. 

To God, the fight is over.

To God, your battle is won.

To God, you are walking in victory.

What began in the garden was finished at the cross and is brought to triumph through your surrendered life today.

You may feel like the enemy is too powerful for you. It is. You are not meant to fight them, you are created to worship the God who already has. Past tense. 

You may feel like the foes that are rising up to defeat you are too strong. They are. You are not meant to overpower them but to surrender to Jesus Christ who already has defeated them. Past tense.

“He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭18:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If you can get just a glimpse of how God sees you today you would rest securely in the shadow of His saving arm and recharge your spirit in the shade of His vision for your life. 

God wins.
And because of the Cross, so do you.

You have been rescued.

May your present tense reflect the truth of God’s past tense. 

You Are the Enemy

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To the enemy, you are the enemy.

Lisa Bevere said this at the Women of Faith Conference I went to a couple of weeks ago,

“If you are anointed by God, you are hated by the enemy”.

Don’t be surprised at the attack that is happening in your life right now.

Maybe the depression that creeps and consumes has more to do with spiritual warfare than life circumstances.

If you are a Christian, a Christ follower, a disciple- than you are the enemy to the enemy.

You have been marked with a target:
saved, redeemed, sacrificed for.

If you are growing, pursuing God’s call on your life and pursuing God, than the enemy would like to discourage you from continuing that.

To the destroyer of your soul, you are the enemy to be destroyed, the adversary to be defeated.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (‭Ephesian 6‬:‭11-12‬ NIV)

I know we don’t often think of spiritual warfare this way, but maybe we should. Maybe, we would stop feeling sorry for ourselves, recognize what is happening and fight back with the power of God.

Maybe, when you can recognize that you are the enemy of the darkness, you can become the warrior of the light that you have been redeemed to become.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭8-11‬ NIV)

When you live as a child of the light, you become the enemy of the darkness.

Rise up and shine bright.

Go forth and fight fiercely.

Reach out in God’s love and destroy the works of the enemy in the Name and authority of Jesus Christ.