I recently started a bible study called “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer and even though I’m just getting started on it I can already sense that He will reveal more of himself to me through this study. I’m not sure exactly sure what He has planned for me, but I am more than thrilled to be embarking on another adventure with my Creator! One key point that I now have a fresh reminder of is the fact that the victory over sin has already been won by Jesus Christ. As we are reminded in Ephesians 2:4-5 “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace you have been saved!)” (New Living Translation) There have been many times throughout my relationship with Him where I feel as though I fail to understand this vital truth from His word in all of its amazing glory.
I say that in recognition of the fact that there are some things that our earthly minds are unable to comprehend here on Earth until we get to Heaven and have reached true perfection just like Him. However, I do believe that in today’s culture there is a significant tendency to unintentionally misunderstand His word in all of the power we are intended to comprehend it with. In my own life I have seen it happen when I am faced with seemingly impossible situations or extremely traumatic events. When I’m presented with these circumstances I find myself doing one of two things: The first being shutting down and not talking to God or anyone about my scenario. Or worse, sometimes Satan will use my weakest opportunities to his dangerous advantage by proceeding to spew his most filthy and discouraging lies into my mind. It’s quite evident that neither one of the situations I listed are good thoughts or places to be in my relationship with the Lord. I realize now that if I would immediately take my needs and concerns to God, Satan wouldn’t feel threatened enough to spew his lies into my mind so easily. This experience reminded of 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (NLT)
Granted, over the years God has significantly changed my heart and He has given me a new perspective of what it truly means to be a daughter of the King and I will be forever grateful for the way He continues to work in my life! Along with my renewed spirit, I now have a greater awareness and sense for when and where Satan may choose to attack me. Here is a prime example of what I’m talking about: At the end of this past semester I was awaiting the final grade on my research paper for English. I had been feeling great about the way everything turned out up until that morning when I knew the results would be posted. It wasn’t long before I allowed Satan and his demons to creep into my mind feeding me all their lies of self-doubt and insecurity. I knew from the moment I began feeling threatened by the lies that they were from Satan, not God. I immediately started praying and asking the Lord to protect my mind from the lies of the enemy and to rid me of the shame and doubt. Later on that day, I ended up making a very high B on my paper which allowed me to maintain an A average in that class for the semester! That night God spoke to me and said “See, my dear daughter, you have no need to worry about these things. I will take care of you no matter what because I love you and want my best for you.”
Lastly, my question for you is this: Do you spend time in daily recognition of what God has done for you? Or rather do you find yourself as I did in the example where Satan might be running at an intensely fast rate in your mind? No matter where you find yourself right now God is still there waiting for you. He is ready and more than willing to pick you up and make you into the person He created you to be! (Ephesians 2:10)
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