It really is true: We must be vigilant and ever-ready to lock up those wayward, yet powerful thoughts that try to infiltrate our minds and hearts.
Every. Single. Day.
We also must remember that we can’t do it in our own power. We have to be on-guard and armed with the power of the Holy and Mighty One; the Loving and Redeeming, Sovereign One.
The Only One ~ the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Why would you share such a thing today? Your blog is just always so deeep. People don’t want to read all of these deep and intense thoughts. You need to lighten up. How are you going to glorify Jesus with all this kind of stuff? Why can’t you be light and fun all the time? What’s the point of it all anyway?”
I had a good day today as compared to all the others over this past week or two. The physical pain I have been experiencing was still there, but not as intense as it’s been the last four days. It was a relief to experience only what now seems to be my “normal” or “average” kind of pain. I am grateful for it. I really, really am!
I had a feeling this would be a good day when I woke up, as I could walk without limping. As I prayed this morning, it came to me that I might wish to ask the Lord to help me to pay attention to these little thoughts that the enemy tries to plant into my mind throughout a good day. It’s so hard to notice them on the really rough days. So I thought I would ask to use this relief-type day as a day to take notice. Just to see.
And they were there. He gave me the discernment to notice them. They came at random times. They came in the midst of a GOOD day, friends.
They are creepy. It’s hard to notice them when days are foggy. It’s even hard on the good days. But if we pray, we can see them coming. He will help us to notice them, and to combat them too.
“You still don’t feel good and you have worked so hard to be disciplined about how to take care of your body and the pain that God allowed to fill it all week long! Doesn’t He care about you? This seems really hopeless. Shouldn’t you be feeling better than this? Is this what it is coming to for you now? You are just going to be content with not feeling AS bad today as all the other days? Really?”
We must be ready. All the time. Ready with Jesus.
We must call upon the name and the power and the love and the truth of Jesus so that the creepy little lies that come into our minds and try to separate us from each other, ourselves, His love, His truth – can’t take root!
They do take root if left alone. They do eventually trickle down and lodge firmly in our hearts. They build darkness there. They build walls that are thorny and thick. They overtake, separate, infiltrate, poison, control, and destroy. They are creepy little liars and they breed.
“Maybe that person doesn’t like you already and they haven’t even given you a chance to build a relationship with them. Don’t talk to them – just leave them alone and you will be safe. Keep your head down. Don’t try to be so darned nice, already! People don’t care. You need to stop.”
It’s hard work when we try to control our minds in our own power. It’s a tough job to go it alone. It also yields really fruitless results. Positive affirmations and mantras just don’t do it for me. To me, they are ways to just fake ourselves out or do it halfway – the man-made way. If we don’t guard our hearts and minds through a relationship with Jesus first and foremost, the affirmations are nothing but little arrows that the enemy laughs at and flings right off with the tip of his little pinky.
“You know you are getting really out of shape, don’t you? You can’t give up on jogging or you will be as heavy as you were before. I thought you said God helped you lose all that weight a few years ago the healthy way. Why is He allowing that to be taken from you now when you worked so hard and even gave all the glory to Him instead of yourself in the process? I just don’t understand why He is letting this happen to you. Maybe you had better just really buck up and take control again. It’s getting pretty out of control – all of this, you know. Are you just going to lay down and take it without a fight?”
BAP BAP BAP!!!
Yes, on this good day the creepy little lies tried to take over. They kept coming and coming and coming. I am so thankful that the Lord gave me a day of relative clarity to focus upon this. I have a small taste of just how intense these attempts to draw us away from Jesus and our relationship with Him and interactions with others really are. And there were many, many more creepy crawlers than the few that I shared with you that happened today.
It was still a good day.
There can be no kindness towards our battle against taking such thoughts captive. There can be no diplomacy involved when we protect our hearts and souls from the dark and destruction the enemy tries to throw our way. No half-hearted platitudes will do the job. No phenomenal attempts of giving it all we’ve got will really work.
Only the power of Christ Jesus is sufficient to help us as we thwart the goals of the enemy.
The creepy, little lying enemy of our blessed Savior is relentless. But as creepy as he is … as pervasive as his lies and attacks are – Christ is sovereign.
Christ is divine. Christ is Almighty. Christ is right out in the open. He doesn’t creep.
He has already won. And that makes those of us who follow Him and accept Him as our Lord and Savior winners too.
“I am His child. I am one of His. He loves me and nothing that happens to me cannot be worked together for His glory and my good. I will remain vulnerable, because I have asked Him to make it so. I will open up because I know He lives in my heart and wants to be shared. I will relinquish control and accept His discipline where it’s needed. I will trust in Him to help me see when I am being dense, stubborn, or not turning to Him for strength. He has delivered me from darkness, and He will deliver me from all evil that tries to overtake me.”
I give my thoughts to Christ. I give my heart to Him too. The enemy will fight as hard as he can and I operate under no illusions to the contrary. I ask for His supernatural power to take captive every thought that tries to go against Him, my knowledge of Him and who He is in me.
He is the only thing that is truly real. He is my all.
Christ is Love. I am Christ’s child. I am not a prisoner for the enemy to hold captive. I am a follower and servant of the One True King.
“Christ is TRUTH. And I am armed.”