Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:14
I was recently sharing with a friend about how God has opened up so many doors for my family this last month or so and how relieved I was beginning to feel. Prior to this, I really had been in the darkness feeling overwhelmed, sad and discouraged in every area of my life for about three weeks. I felt as if I was being consumed and overshadowed by this discouragement and I was grasping for some of God’s bright light, yet unable to reach Him.
I had even begun to feel numb and angry which are not typical responses for me. I knew what I was experiencing was an attack from the enemy who always wants to distract us from doing what is good and right in the eyes of God. I was deeply saddened when I realized that I had let myself become hardened as I felt more broken and hopeless because of my oversize load of burdens. It was at this time that I went to God and asked for forgiveness.
Thankfully, the Lord is so gracious and kind. He rejoices when we come to Him. His forgiveness is beautiful and He has filled me with hope and joy that I could not see before. He wants to fight my battles and shield me from harm. Today, I am in a much better place as I continue to cling to His shield and sword. I know that I am not alone in my trials.
In truth, I have felt His presence and peace every moment I spend in His Word. I feel great joy singing worship songs and listening to good Bible-based teachers. When I do these things every day, I am putting on the armor of God and living confidently in His will for my life. Will I continue to have distractions that could send me back down the spiral of discouragement? Yes, but I pray that I will be quicker to recognize it and stronger to stand up to the enemy.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to lay down our oversize load of burdens and trust that you will always give us what we need. Help us to see and feel your mighty presence and peace each and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.