War.

Lord, I love you.

-but you put so much before Him.

I know you have called me.

-but you’re letting Him down.

I know you have made me.

– …and this is how you thank Him?

I am beautiful in your sight.

-but not like them.

I live to follow you.

-but what if that’s the wrong way?

You equipped me.

-but you don’t know enough.

You have cleansed me.

-but you’re still filthy.

I want to focus on only you.

-but I won’t let you.

You reveal things to me.

-but not the way that He does for them.

You have changed my heart.

-but you don’t care like you should.

I’m thankful for what you have given me.

-but you don’t have what you want.

Your timing is perfect.

-but it could be a lot better.

You have made me worthy.

-but not good enough.

You’ve surrounded me with people who will help me.

-but they will think you’re crazy.

I know these battles are real.

-It’s just all in your head.

You have given me the body to help carry my burdens.

-You just want attention.

You give me strength.

-but you’ll get tired.

You are worth living for.

-but who would really miss you?

Lead me where ever you want me to go.

-Somewhere comfortable.

I can do all things because of you.

-but someone could do a much better job.

You will use me to bring people to know you.

-but it won’t last.

You have given me a voice.

-but I won’t let you speak.

I am loved.

-but that can change.

I have confidence in you.

-but you fear me.

I know your truths.

-but my words are more realistic.

Lord I know I hear you.

-but you can never be too sure.

I have authority.

-but you’re weak.

Father, you give me peace.

-You can’t escape me.

Lord, take over my mind.

-I can’t be silenced.

 

ENOUGH!

 

This conversation may appear alarming for some and very familiar to others. Many of us have grown so accustomed to the constant taunting of the lies that follow our declarations of truth and we give up altogether. James 1:2-3 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” When battles come our way do we stand strong knowing they will not prevail, or do we forfeit and do what the enemy would love for us to do, which is doubt and ultimately surrender to his lies?

Doubt becomes poisonous. Further down in James 1:6, it says “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” This tossing by the wind is where the enemy has free reign to mess with our minds if our faith is not based on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:24-27).

This solid foundation in Christ enables us to stand strong against any and everything. We are not strong by our own abilities, but it is the Lord that gives us strength to endure each and every storm and to do the will of the Father despite the trials that are to come. In addition to strength, we have graciously been given authority by our Lord and Savior. This power is dwelling within us (Romans 8:11), and when we boldly embody this truth there is absolutely NOTHING that can stand against those who He has called.

From the very beginning, scripture tell us that Satan will bruise our heels, but we will bruise his head (Genesis 3:15)! We will crush the enemy just as Christ has already done! Yes, we will be tried, we will be tempted, we may even be beaten up a bit but we have the victory! This victory is all because of the authority of God who raised Jesus Christ from the grave! The one who defeated Satan and took the keys of death and Hades (Revelation 1:18)!

Needless to say, Satan has been defeated, overcome, and stripped of ALL power! His lies only have the ability to rule over our lives if they are not combatted with the word of God and the authority of Jesus Christ that has been given to us (Luke 10:19).

I can’t stress the reality of these words enough. These are not just words on a screen or an empty suggestion.

There have been several occasions where I have become exhausted from constant attacks from the enemy. Years ago while I was battling depression in college, I would hate being left alone with my own thoughts due to the pain it would cause. Unfortunately, my solution to this torment was not God but it was sleep. This was the only time that I didn’t have to face my thoughts. Instead of standing against the enemy, I let him and his demons have their way with me. Each day I would wake up dreading the day, and sometimes not even making it out from under the covers. As of late, my thoughts have seeped into my dreams and I no longer had an escape. I couldn’t ignore this spiritual battle any longer. I truly believe God wanted me to stop ignoring the spiritual battle by running and creating my own solutions and instead come to Him. I knew nothing about spiritual warfare, let alone how to combat it.

The Lord literally taught me how to fight. He showed me who I am in Him. He made His truths known to me. He introduced me to the warrior He created me to be. No one and nothing else could have saved me from the darkness I was drowning in but Jesus Christ. The same God that did this for me can do this for you.

I pray that you fight with me, for the sake of those around you; that others will come to know Jesus Christ and the child of God that He has made it possible for us to be.

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Post by: Courtney Tarpley

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