Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ” -Luke 6:38 (NLT) -1998girl
“God does not create a man and put a dream in him. He creates a dream and wraps a man around it. You are God’s dream in the flesh!”
Dreams are much more than mere ideas or ambitions. When you are aligned with the Father’s heart, you fight for your dreams, which means you fight to fulfill destiny.
When you are in a battle, you do not sit there. You do not stay still, you do not get overwhelmed, you do not break down. You move. You fight. You do every single thing in your power and ability to trample the enemy.
I wonder, though, how many battles we have lost because we focus on the enemy instead of God?
Think about it.
If we are always thinking about God…worshipping Him, talking with Him, praying with Him, reading with Him, walking with Him… We actually would not be focused on the enemy at all during a battle. We would just be running him over. I dunno about you, but whenever I am super excited to see someone and they are across the room, not a single person between us stands a chance at getting in the way. People might get trampled, honestly lol.
And maybe that is how we are supposed to fight. It is in the midst of our pursuit of God that we trample upon lions, cobras, fierce dragons, and serpants.
Today was one of those days that things like disapointment, discouragement, depression, and anxiety really tried to get at me.
Even though I have been delivered from axiety and all that stuffs, there are still days they do not just “come knocking at my door” as simple, quiet, passing thoughts. Instead, they burst in swinging with everything they have.
“Everything matters, be obsessive!”
“You can’t laugh!”
“You shouldn’t laugh!”
“You can’t do anything right!”
“Worry about what others think of you!”
“They don’t care!”
“I hate this!”
“I hate myself!”
“Don’t do that, they’ll be annoyed by you!”
“They don’t actually like you!”
“Shut up! Clam up!”
“Don’t be yourself!”
“You bug people too much!”
“You’re too enthusiastic and optimistic!”
“They don’t want to be around you!”
“No one loves you!!!”
However, they are no match. I disagree with these thoughts, they are not true. Every time I am attacked like this, I find that the answer is simply to marvel at the goodness of God. Spend time with Jesus. Rest in His presence, in the heart of the Father.
As of lately God has had me focus in on Psalm 91. Particularly the part where it says “…so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.”
How many times to people stub their toes?!
Yet the truth is “If you make the Lord your refuge…”
“…so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.”
The more I focus in on it, the more I want to cry pure tears of joy, because all I can think is ..“Wow, God, You are THAT good…” With all honesty, I find this mind-boggling. And it is absolutely amazing!!
I am not putting the full scripture out there because I want to encourage you to go read Psalm 91. Do not just read it. Speak it. Declare it. It is pure truth. It is important that we get this truth down in our hearts! It is not about memorizing it well enough to quote every word, period, comma, and quotation mark. It is about getting God’s truth settled in you so much that when you are squeezed by lies, nothing but God’s truth comes out!!
Came across this in my notes from July 2016. I really needed to read this. God is good!
I have found, that even when you are so upset, it is totally possible to make the choice and say “No, I’m going to trust God. I’ll doubt my fears and trust God completely.” and start encouraging yourself. When you do that, you get your power back. You can rise up and fight from victory, not for it, knowing that you’ve given it to God, and that He makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for us.
The enemy wants us living defeated. You see, he knows that if he can get us discouraged, we won’t have any strength, power, or authority. And he knows we’ll be believing the lies, and distrusting God, so that we’ll be taking what we’ve previously entrusted to God, and putting it neatly into the enemy’s hands for him to mess it up. It’s sort of like taking a prized possession from a place that keeps it clean and protected, and throwing it into a dumpster.
Maybe if we stop looking at encouragement, etc as something that happens once in a while, and look at it as something beautiful we share with God to keep clean, protected, shiny and new, then it won’t be so easy for the enemy to get us to hand it over to him.
Living defeated, depressed, just barely getting by, that’s not God’s will for our lives. We’ve got to start believing Him when He tells us what His will is!
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