I have found that following God and His Holy Spirit is not complete without doubts and insecurities, at least not for me. To help you better understand who I was and who I am becoming, the difference between old and new me is the difference between night and day. New me places doubts, fears, anxiety, worry, and stress on God. My goal is to have a Teflon finish. With my Teflon finish, the attacks from the enemy no longer stick and go straight to God. I try to make it a game, a little like “hot potato.” When I can recognize the attacks from the enemy, I can realize that I’m fighting against another person and not the true enemy, the enemy of my soul. I give satan strength and satisfaction when his minions can set the stage. They then sit back with their popcorn and enjoy the show as they attempt and succeed-breaking down the family units of this world. The devil and his minions are no longer welcome in and around me, my family, and friends. I am not saying he was welcome before, but it’s hard to kick someone out if you don’t know they are there. He often lurked in the background. I had no awareness of how to defeat him or even that I could. The devil continues his attempts to sneak in every chance. When I let my guard down, even a little, he tries to slither his way in, but he is not getting the satisfaction of an entertaining show anymore but receiving disappointment after disappointment for the evil one these days. Jesus has defeated satan, and satan has no power other than the power of being hidden and getting power from the doubts, fears, and worries he places in us and around us. I have to wear the armor of God daily. -A humble warrior in God’s army.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV
Our father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen -The Lord’s prayer.
I thank You, Lord, for giving me this day. Thank You for this gift that you’ve placed in my heart. While this is a challenge for me to navigate, I know You are by my side and helping me every step of the way, and this is much less daunting than writing an entire book from scratch. Thank You, Lord! Praise You, Lord! Bless You, Lord! Amen.