You’ve seen in the last few weeks that I’ve discussed my depression. I’ve come to realize that the enemy is shooting darts at me. He has fed me lies that have been defeating me, and I’ve swallowed them hook, line and sinker. Using his lies, he has changed my focus from the Lord and His Word to what isn’t going right with me. This ends now!
I make the choice minute by minute to demand that my thoughts bow down to God’s Word. God’s Word tells me that: “‘no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the Lord.” (Is. 54:17)
I have a new life in Christ and the devil and sin no longer have any authority over me. “Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in His life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, He took sin down with Him, but alive He brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.” (Romans 6:8-11 MSG) The enemy has a weapon that is powerful and personal: my own flesh. But the Lord has given me the power to overcome it through my salvation in Jesus Christ.
I choose to stand firm on the Word of God. Hudson Taylor (a missionary to China in the 1800s) said the following: “There are three truths, 1st, That there is a God; 2nd, That He has spoken to us in the Bible; 3rd, That He means what He says. Oh the joy of trusting Him!”
My strength and victory come when I choose to anchor my hope, my confidence, and my mind in God’s Word. His Words says: “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” (Is. 55:11-12)
I may not receive all that I want, but by trusting in Christ, my attitudes and appetites can change from wanting everything to accepting His provision and power to live for Him. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19) When the glory of God flows through us, the battle is won! “This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged… For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chron. 20:15)
I am able to come to the Lord with confidence because He said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)
Father, I often feel like Paul when he said, "I do what I don't want to do and I don't do what I want to do". However, I agree with Your Word when you have said to me that I am an overcomer. I am dead to sin and alive in Christ. Please remind me of your power alive in me when I face temptation today. Show me also Your Word that you have for me to claim.
- NIV Life Application Study Bible
- Study of Chpt 13 “How I Defeat My Enemy” in Spiritual Warfare for Women
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