Read His Words Before Ours!
Lately I feel like I am running.
I am running away from storms, only to get stuck in another one.
I think I can figure out my problems on my own without God.
His timing isn’t working for me, so I take back what I’d laid down at His feet.
“Since, you aren’t doing this fast enough… or the way I want. I got this, Dad.”
I think my ways are better because I can see them, yet I spend my nights worrying.
I try to map out the solution to my problems in my head, yet everything spirals out of control, ending in chaos.
But God calls me to His battle plan, one without chaos.
If I would just breathe in God’s Word.
If I would just be still.
If I would just pray.
I am not God, so why do I try to control what is His?
Instead of running away from things, I could run towards Him. I could pick up the weapon at my fingertips, Scripture.
God’s Word is a mighty sword, Ladies!
Do you know the power God’s given in His Word?
Have you read it, meditated on it, prayed it, and placed it around your home?
It’s powerful when you memorize it, using it to push the enemy back.
Submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you! James 4:7
The Spirit brings you His peace through it!
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6
About a year and a half ago, my husband and I decided to take in my father-in-law, who was being released from prison. I thought God was leading us to do this, however, we continued hitting roadblock after roadblock.
We had wanted to give him the chance to be around his grandchildren. My own father didn’t have a dad growing up, because his father had also been in prison, so this connection was a big deal to me.
Eventually, upon his release, he was able to get a house across the street from us. We loved on him, helping him in any way we could. However, somewhere down the line, tension became obvious, and a wedge was built between us. Many hurtful things were said and after months of this, I fell to my knees in my bedroom. I cried out to God, because I didn’t know why this was happening or how to resolve the conflict. I had obeyed His voice, why was I being hurt? Why was God allowing the pain, the wounds, not to heal?
It took months to get to the point of humble brokenness before God, realizing that obedience to God doesn’t equal pain-free happiness. In reality, Jesus promises conflict and persecution for following Him!
In the world, you will have tribulation, but take heart, for I have overcome the world! (John 16:33)
And for my pain, He used it to bring me closer to Him, and closer to truths that would set me free. With tears streaming down my face, words not being able to come out of my mouth, I opened my Bible to Galatians 1:10:
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
It was a convicting moment, as I considered Paul writing to the Galatians, begging them to see that he wasn’t preaching the gospel for man’s approval, but for God’s. Paul was being obedient to God’s calling and suffering as a result, but the suffering wasn’t the point because God’s glory was worth it!
In my family conflict, I had been trying to please man and caught up in my own pain, rather than listening to God’s battle plan of truth.
It was in that moment, when the Holy Spirit realigned my heart with the truth of Scripture, that I picked up God’s Word as my sword. I placed sticky notes with His Word all around my house, so whether I was doing dishes or getting ready for my day, I would be memorizing truth. I decided to fight against the real enemy, Satan, and not my family.
In order to rise up and wage war for my family, I first had to fall to my knees, surrendering myself to His battle plan.
I had to become broken before the Lord, in order to rise up as His warrior.
Sweet Daughters, whatever your season of life, remember that truth is waiting for you in the Bible! The Holy Spirit is calling us to rise up in the power of His truth! It is time for the daughters of God to pick up the most dangerous weapon, God’s Word, and not give up as we lean into truth for our battle plans. Rise and shine daughters, it is time!
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!