We are in a battle!
Last Wednesday I was on the battlefield and I was losing the battle. I woke up that morning in a fog from allergies and sinus pressure. After medication the fog began to lift, but I was weak physically and mentally. I left home with just a quick reading of devotion and sailed into the day. Then I received an email that sent me down the road of thinking that I was not doing all I should be doing at work. I went to my second job of housecleaning. As I began to clean, it seemed as if a wet blanket fell on me with thoughts of not being good enough or valued. I felt like there was a recording by my ear repeating different negative thoughts.
I finally realized I was entertaining lies.
I know who I am in Christ. I am a daughter of the King, fearfully and wonderfully made, redeemed, forgiven, sanctified, a new creation. But right then I was overwhelmed by the schemes of the enemy, listening to the lies.
After a few hours of this I sent out a SOS text to a friend asking for prayer. All I told her was that I was feeling overwhelmed and listening to the lies of the enemy. She sent a quick text back that she was praying for me and told me to read Ephesians. And then I ran into another friend who prayed with me, and I began to feel the fog lifting. I went home and sat down with my Bible and read the book of Ephesians. My joy and peace returned.
Has this scenario or a similar one ever happened to you? It might not be an email about work. You might be weary and worn out from lack of sleep or tired from a busy schedule. It might be a social media post that sends you down the path of thinking you are not being a good mom. You may begin to compare your husband to someone else’s. Do you entertain thoughts like, he looks better, he’s more romantic, more helpful, their marriage is better? It doesn’t take much to get the old recorder started.
Are we in a losing battle? No! Is there anything we can do? Yes! As a believer in Jesus Christ we are fighting from victory. He has won the war! John 16: 33 tells us, “Take heart, I have overcome the world.” But we have an enemy, the devil, who is out “to steal, kill, and destroy.” (John 10:10)
We are told in Ephesians 6:10-18, to “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might, put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
And if you are harboring any sin in your life, bring it to Jesus. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
There are four areas of our lives that the enemy attacks us in: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual. Let’s take a look at each area and form our battle plan.
We need rest, good food, exercise and sleep. Moms, some of you may be in a season with little ones where you aren’t getting enough sleep. Others may be so busy that you eat on the go and don’t take time for exercise. We need to take care of our bodies as a home for the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Don’t let your emotions control you. Search your heart. Is there someone you need to forgive? Forgive. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and expecting it to hurt someone else. Are you holding onto anger, bitterness, or resentment? “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32. These emotions give room for the enemy to stir in your life. Let them go. Seek help from a trusted friend, a Pastor, or a Christian Counselor if needed.
“Take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) We need to clean up our thought closets, being careful what we put before our eyes and into our minds. Put on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 3:8) I pray daily for the Lord to help me recognize the lies of the enemy and to fill my mind with His Truths.
Read God’s Word and spend time with Him. “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4:12) “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) “That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)
Every area is important. This is the only way we can fight the good fight and win the battles.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6