This is my precious grand-angel Riliee Leavi, isn't she just simply adorable!?
This is one of my favorite photos of our recent family photo shoot.....I was thinking about this sweet image while struggling with some attacks from the enemy so I thought I would put them together! (ruthless I know, but photos of my angels LIGHT up my life!!!!)
The enemy is on the prowl, he is out to "steal, kill and destroy". He wants our very best intentions, energies, time, all to be wiped out so he can keep us from doing the work of the LORD! He never rests....never gives us a break from attack! He lies in wait...patiently waiting for the perfect time to POUNCE, whatever it takes to defeat us, to take us down. He knows our currency and he goes after it and attacks it with all he has. He is ruthless and mean and........well he is the DEVIL!
He uses many things to attack us. Worry, attacks on our health, our finances, negativity, strongholds, the list goes on and on. He deceives us by lying to us, by getting us to believe those lies. He is the father of LIES!
I am sure he has lied to you....made you believe things about yourself in the past or now that have created a block for you. A block that does not allow you to live to your fullest potential.
For me, for many, many years...he lied to me and told me I was not good enough, I would never be good enough, that I was ugly, fat, stupid, clumsy, an idiot. He had me looking at others and comparing myself and seeing how I did not measure up. I was never pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough, beautiful enough..... You get the picture.
I wonder if he has done the same thing to YOU???
What lies has he and does he tell YOU?
Are you believing them?
Are you succumbing to them?
Are you allowing them to keep you from being all that you can be, the person GOD created you to be?
Are you ALLOWING them to taint your life, to hold you back from your great potential?
IF YOU ARE.........then I say........stick your tongue out at the enemy and say NANER NANER NANER, you are not the boss of me and of my life. What you say means NOTHING. What you think means even less! What you are trying to do to me will not work!!! All your words and attacks will not stick to me because I have the armor of God on....your arrows shall not pierce me, they shall simply bounce off of my shield and fall to the ground, wasted and useless. I know who I am in Christ and that is ALL that matters!
I know who God made me to be and that is what I am living for. All the rest, what you are trying to say and do to me does NOT matter and will NOT change me. God has transformed me by the renewing of my mind. You can lie in wait, slither around like a coward, but your attacks will not take me by surprise because I am ready, I know how slimy and evil you are and I will NOT be taken down by you!!!!!!!!!
Let me tell you what you need to do if you find yourself being taken down. You MUST immerse yourself in the WORD OF GOD! It is the most valuable weapon you have! It is the two edged sword God has given you, but it will do no good in it's sheath!!! Read it, memorize it, recite it, pray it...think about it, USE IT!!!!
You my PRAISE HIM....sing, worship, just talk to Him....just lift Him up!!!
PRAY....you absolutely muse communicate to Him. Praying does not have to be some lengthy hour long daily ritual (I know cos that is what I used to think). Instead, make it something you do with every breath you breathe! He is as close to you as your very breath, He wants you to talk to Him, ask Him, seek Him!
There are sooo many scriptures I can use with this post but I am choosing just a few for you to think about, , ponder, memorize and allow to simmer in your heart and mind.
What I call............"writing it on my heart".
John 10:10 (Amplified Bible)
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
1 Peter 5:8 (Amplified Bible)
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
Ephesians 6:12 (New International Version)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
John 8:44 (New International Version)
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
I pray your day is immensely blessed, whether it is a good day or a bad day, whether the sun is shining or the clouds are looming....make it great! It is the only TODAY you will ever have, do not let it be wasted on worry, fret, or being consumed with wrong thoughts from the enemy! You are better than that, you deserve better than that!
YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!