I want this blog to be a safe place, to give encouragement, and to share what is on my heart, praying that it can help or provide something for someone else. I heard a song this morning and wanted to pass it along with this word.
Something I’ve struggled with in the past (and still do at times) is spiritual warfare and fear. At times it felt crippling. The enemy was trying to bury me in darkness. BUT GOD. He is so much greater than any of that. Because he sent His son to die on the cross for us, the battle against Satan Has already been won. We don’t have to be afraid because His perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Because he died for our sins, He’s given us the gift of salvation and eternal life. (John 3:16) I am so thankful and never want to waste an opportunity to share that with others.
The enemy told me I wasn’t worthy. That I was unloved. That I couldn’t do it, wouldn’t make it. That I was a poor wife, not a good enough mom, a disappointing daughter, a lousy friend and my business was doomed to fail. And if you keep listening to the filth and lies he puts into our minds, you start believing it. And for a long season, I did. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) Don’t let him in. Put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) Speak truth and scripture and life to yourself, in your home, and over your family.
And honestly, it’s a lot easier for me to encourage you in this area than to live it some days. But, a sweet friend once told me that when we shed light on something, so much good can from it. We are a puzzle piece in someone’s story and if we do our part, God not only does a work in our lives, but in someone else’s as well. What if you didn’t do your part?
If you are feeling like it’s always one thing after another, that some days it seems hard to breathe and the weight of the world is laid heavy on your heart, give it to Jesus friends. He’s always there. He’s willing. He wants to take it from us. He doesn’t want you to fight this battle alone. He wants to silence those fears with his perfect love. He wants to calm your storm.
I try to control my life but I am not in charge. He was and is and will always be the King of the World and over my heart. I’m nowhere near perfect. Just a sinner saved by Grace. I fail. I make mistakes. But I know who I am in Christ. I am loved. I am known. And I am washed in His blood.
I believe that Satan knows the end is near so he is working double time to bring anyone and everyone down with Him. Five seconds on the news is more than I can handle. It hurts my heart and brings tears to my eyes. Lets fight friends. We can be the one someone else needs for encouragement. Sometimes it just takes accountability to get back on track. Life is hard. It’s messy, and we are all constantly going through a battle.
I hope this benefits someone. Even if it’s just one. I feel silly (and unqualified) to speak this over anyone but felt led to. And if there is one thing I am working towards, it’s being obedient.
Prince of Peace by Hillsong:
“Your love surrounds me
When my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror
There Your voice will roar
Come death or shadow
God I know Your light will meet me there
When fear comes knocking
There You’ll be my guard
When day breeds trouble
There You’ll hold my heart
Come storm or battle
God I know Your peace will meet me there
(Again and again)
Oh, be still my heart
I know that You are God
Oh fear no evil
For I know You are here”