Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world
1 Peter 5:8 NKJV
In the famous words of Suga Free, “If you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready!” If you are not familiar with him then please, do NOT google him. Let’s just move on!
Over the last couple of months I have been very straightforward with God about what I desired to see change in me so that I could have a more peace and joy filled relationship with Him and the people around me. It wasn’t until last week that I noticed that the prayers, focus in Scripture, and application of these Scriptures in my life had caused the very things I prayed for to be physically manifested in my life.
I was overjoyed! As I ministered to others I had an opportunity to share my testimony with a few people. It went something like,
“I was feeling this way and now I am feeling this way because I allowed the word to work in my life by doing this…”
Not that I’m being secretive, that is just the template of how I was able to share the glory of God while helping others find a way out of their slumps.
A couple weeks ago a familiar Scripture came up in my studies, 1 Peter 5:8 (written above). I automatically assumed the attack would be something in the area that I had struggled with previously so I put up my guard with those things and kept it pushing. The enemy found his way around that and went for something I wasn’t paying much attention to…ok, he went for several things I wasn’t paying much attention to.
While the hit may have come in a different way than I expected, I’m so glad that my God loved me enough to warn
me that the enemy was on his job and that I’d better be on mine! The same ways I was ready to handle what I thought would be attacked could still be used to annihilate him over on this end.
I had to remind myself that Christ came that I may have life more abundantly and wasn’t no devil in hell going to take away the contentment, joy, and peace I felt in that moment (John 10:10b). That was until yesterday! Lol. But only for a second!
Now don’t get me wrong, I had a wonderful day in the Lord and church was awesome. It really was. But my God, every little trigger that has ever sent me off the deep end in life (a little over dramatized here) was pulled yesterday! From the moment I left my house for the 8am service until about 8pm that night.
The good news was that God made me very aware early that morning that these little things were distractions and to keep my peace. But it reminded me of that agitating little kid on the commercial bothering their sibling by poking their finger in their face tauntingly chanting, “I’m not touching you, I’m not touching you”. Although I fought to take heed to the warning from earlier that morning, I felt myself cracking lol.
For about 3mins in my day, after the 1,987,234 time that fool said, “I’m not touching you” I broke down in thee most random tears ever. It caught me off guard because I hadn’t had a breakdown crying moment in a significant amount of time and this little air poke was very insignificant. Although it really was no big deal in the grand scheme of things I can be a little dramatic at times. So, I initially thought the worst, “Oh no all those hours of prayer and reading the word, down the drain. I’m back at a low point, blah, blah blah” *cue more dramatics.
Then a moment of clarity came and I was able to say, Hey! Mel, get it together! The enemy would love for you to think that you’ve fallen into some pit of despair over frustration, but now you must do what you have been doing the last two months. Turn that frustration over to God, complete an action that will help you recognize you’ve done it (like saying a prayer aloud, pointing out that I didn’t go postal on anyone like I could have, or reciting Scripture that validates the moment I’m in while forcing me to step out of it and back into God’s grace), and move the heck on with the day!
I was only able to do this, because I prepared for it every morning while spending time in prayer and in the word. When I’m not doing these things, I don’t recover as quickly. I was ready, so I didn’t have to spend much time looking for answers to help me once the mini attacks began. I already had what I needed.
While that wasn’t the last time I had that stupid finger pointed in my face, it was the last time I let it affect me negatively.
Again, I repeat, we have to stay ready…
Equipped with the word
Wrapped in prayer
Ready to employ the word that we have read and the directions given to us while in prayer, and
Overwhelmed with the encouragement from self and others at all times.
We never know how the enemy is going to attempt to make us feel trapped or defeated but we have to be so firm in the word that when he does try we quickly stand up and walk in our true authority. Even if you have a moment where you feel like you are falling apart, take a deep breath, get it together, and walk in the authority that you have within! It was just a moment. Keep going!
Keep your guard up, not by living in fear, but by trusting God and filling up on the word so that when it’s needed it pours out and does the spiritual fighting for you while it leads you to take the actions necessary to put some works behind your faith! No Scripture is a waste of time! Even if you don’t get what you’re reading the first time you read it. That thang pops up right on time, I’m telling you. So fill up even when you don’t fully understand why you are reading something.
So today, before I stop typing, I encourage you to:
1) Be aware, you’re in a war for your mind…Guard your heart (your mind, thoughts, intentions) above all else because it truly directs the course of your life (Proverbs 4:23 NLT).
2) Don’t ignore your emotions completely…Identify them and then give them to God. Exchange those negative feelings for the truth of the word and walk confidently in those truths (2 Corinthians 10:5-6).
3) The word can and will save and change your life in the moment! It encourages! Let it! God says, come to Him for all things. Let Him free you and secure you, your peace, joy, strength, finances, family, friendships, etc. (Matthew 11:28-30).
Be sober, be vigilant, and live in the abundance that God promised you! Stay ready! It makes the battles a whole lot easier to win!
Spend time with God today! Build your arsenal! That way you ain’t gotta get ready, it’s already done!
Have a blessed day!
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