Undoubted Grace

Self-Care Devotionals: Ready to Win the Fight of Your Life?

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

I could not believe his audacity! It was a Sunday after a pretty rough week. I was standing at my stove, mixing what was sure to be an amazing meal! Fresh rosemary, ground turkey, fresh basil, pasta noodles steaming. This sauce was going to be fantastic! I’d had a day full of moments where God was reminding me I was exactly where I needed to be. I was all set to curl up on my couch, with one of my favorite teaching Pastors on the TV and crochet.

And that’s when it happened. The most obnoxious intrusion to what was an otherwise peaceful evening. A thought that was so far into left field, it almost tripped me up. You see, I was thinking over a hard conversation I had recently made, wondering if I had made the right decision (It was a God decision and I knew he was pleased) but there was something, a low-light reel in the back of my mind, trying its hardest to get my attention. Little glimpses of past insecurities threatening to surface.

What was this intrusion? It was a simple thought, but it touched one of my deepest insecurities. The thought? “You shouldn’t have done that. You aren’t one of the pretty girls who can say whatever you want. You should’ve been more reasonable.”

I was floored! Like seriously??? What a low blow! How dare he use this against me? But this is the enemy we deal with! This is his M.O. His grand plan. To find you when you may be vulnerable and take his shot!

How does he do this? Well the bible says he roams around like a lion, looking for whom he can devour. If you can imagine the stalking lion, hungry for his next meal, watching a herd of antelopes, trying to find one to corner and attack. This is the same way the enemy operates.

Does he read our minds? No! Because he can’t read our minds. He has no idea what we are thinking, what plans God writes on our hearts, but he is opportunistic, and he has been watching us.

I don’t say that to be eerie, or scary. But it is truth. He is an enemy and this is a war we are in. He is on a mission to steal from us and that which he can’t steal from us, he wants us to sacrifice to him. He watches our habits, our proclivities, our desires, and then uses them against us. Habits like, (and this is transparency) — there’s a thought that I have when I cook, because I love cooking. It often crosses my mind that, “I can’t wait until I can cook for my husband, and my own family.” Which is a lie. While I really do desire a Godly marriage and children of my own, I can WAIT on God to provide me with the desires of my heart, to prepare the man he has for me, and to reveal me to him. But this simple “harmless” declaration has been used as bait for me on a multitude evenings, leading to a pattern of thoughts and actions that often leave me curled up, feeling alone and defeated. While I can’t say that I have always been successful in realizing these nighttime breakdowns are a direct attack of the enemy on my life and my hope, I can say this time I was prepared.

What was so different about this attack you may ask? Well I was tired of it. I had literally had enough, and when the thought hit, my spirit immediately recoiled against it. I believe in my heart this is because my mind has been so completely focused on what God is doing in my life and what he will do, my Spirit man was full and both the Word of God and the enemy’s lies cannot hold ground in the same space. The Word of God will win EVERYTIME!

Victories like this build faith. I am learning that to grow my faith for the big things, I have to see the little moments day by day where Gods faithfulness towards me is realized. I must be diligent in asking him to reveal to me those places where he answers specific prayers. And like a good Father, he withholds no good thing!

I know you are probably wondering why I went into such detail on being alert to the enemy’s schemes. Well I believe with everything in me that this is the time where the generation is going to take a stand, and the promises of God are upon us. We have been waiting, poised, in preparation for the day when we will take our stand, and move to take ground for the Kingdom of God. We will move and take the land. In all areas of business, health, finance, homes, ground will be taken for the kingdom and the wait is over. We’ve been hidden, but we will be hidden no more! This declaration is empowering but also sobering, because as we take ground, the enemy is going to fight even harder against us. We have to be prepared to fight, with the specific quickened word of God. We must have our promises and purposes written before us, and not be dissuaded by anything but the direct direction of God our Father.

I am beyond excited about this year! Why? Because I feel in my spirit that this is the year that visions, dreams, and goals will be realized! My spirit is nearly jumping out of my chest in expectation, for what God is going to do for everyone in the coming year! The wait has been long, and God has been preparing each of us in our own way, but the transition will be swift, and it’s going to blow your socks off!

Are you ready for the WIN of your life?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for victory. Thank your for the truth’s that you speak over my heart. Thank you for your word. Lord I ask that you would remind me that everything works out for my good in your timing. Help me to be steadfast in fallowing your will and listening for your voice! I praise your name! In Jesus’ name, Amen

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