It’s Time To Take Back Ground – Are You With Me?
“What if what we need….is to go back to remembering who God is?”
The weight of that question laid over us like the blankets cocooning us against the howling Lake Michigan wind.
Huddled like teens away at camp, the questions from deep within bounced back and forth between us.
With tenderness we held the holiness of the ponderings leading us to the question we believe was God-breathed.
Who is God? Really? Not the version the world creates. Not who others tell us He is. But who He is as revealed by Him!
We know God. We walk with Him. But He is infinite and we forget. Or worse, we harbor lies deep in our souls that we don’t even know are there. Lies like God isn’t good all the time. Or I have to take care of myself because God might fail me. Or I need to prove myself because I have to earn God’s love.
There are so many lies that bury themselves inside our hearts without us even realizing it. That is until we find ourselves in a situation that requires complete and total trust in God. And we have to go back to remembering who He is.
When we focus there, everything begins to change.
What if the answer to our biggest challenges in life is found by one simple practice or discipline? Actually, I now believe it is.
Lord, You light my lamp;
my God illuminates my darkness.
With You I can attack a barrier,
and with my God I can leap over a wall.
Psalm 18:28-29, HCSB
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.
Psalm 18:28-28, NIV
Friend, it’s time to take a stand. Time to take back ground the enemy has taken from you. No longer will you allow him to bully you. No longer will he use fear tactics, depression, anxiety, or diagnosis. No longer will he use your pain as a weapon against you. No longer will he use your illness against you. No longer will he use your insecurity.
Nope. He’s done. You know why? Because God is bigger.
It’s a simple truth we know but forget to live into. For too long we’ve allowed the devil to speak too loudly. Why do we listen to him? Have we forgotten he’s a liar?
The enemy tells us God’s not good.
God is good.
The enemy tells us God won’t catch us when we fall.
God tells us He will never leave or forsake us.
The enemy tells us to protect our hearts because no one is looking out for us.
God tells us He bottles up our tears.
The enemy tells us no one sees or understands.
God tells us He’s numbered the hairs on our head. And the stars he calls by name. Yeah, He sees alright.
Take that satan, you liar!
God has been showing me for a year it’s time to go on the offense.
Too often we wait to start fighting when the weight of the world feels it may crush us.
So God woke me early one morning, only a few short weeks after I sat huddled like a teenager with my friend at a writer’s retreat. He woke me with His Presence and His Words. His Holy Spirit began to pour out over me, and I experienced a time with Him like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. And now I finally get to share it all with you.
I have a few questions for you:
- Do you find yourself facing problems, grief, difficult people or situations and feel it will swallow you right up?
- Do you find yourself walking under the whispers of insecurity, doubt, guilt, shame, or fear? (You aren’t alone)
- Do you feel distant from God?
- Do you wonder how others hear from God and you don’t?
- Do you simply need a heart renewal and revival?
- Are you hungry for that which sustains?
You are not alone. It’s time to illuminate the darkness.
I have written and created a devotion just for you.
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