How many of us have said at one time or another that Satan seems to be winning right now? Like somehow he has the upper hand in your life. False.
“Because this is war. The fight of your life. A very real enemy has been strategizing and scheming against you, assaulting you, coming after your emotions and mind, your man, your child, your future.” p.10
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Gulp. double gulp. After reading this short passage in the beginning of the book, anger rose up inside of me. The enemy can’t take these things from me! How dare he think he can! Not today Satan, not today! You will not devour me up like a lion!
“Through prayer you’ll not only be able to defend yourself from incoming sniper fire, but through Almighty God will be able to push into enemy territory and take….stuff…back.” p.13
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Ephesians 6:11-12
In order to be strong and take a stand against Satan as the verse above suggests, I need to be aware of what areas I am struggling with. Not the areas that Satan has taken over, but the areas I have fell victim to faulty patterns of thinking.
- my family (my dad’s sobriety and state of mind) and MY thoughts on his situation
- my joy (especially when it comes to being excited about the baby growing inside of me)
- my confidence (about my purpose)
May I suggest that you too make a list of areas in your life you need to regain your ground in. It is time to TAKE IT BACK.
I’m taking back my assurance and confidence about my prayers being heard about my family.
I’m taking back my joy about this baby, I’m no longer letting fear or anxiety or worry leave me feeling less than excited about my pregnancy.
I’m taking back my confidence about my purpose, I am not letting the enemy discourage me anymore, I am pressing into my calling, my gifts and talents and pouring out my heart in my words once again. No more shame. No more condemnation.
After I made the list I realized something important:
I had started to think that all of these problem areas of my life were related. I had connected the dots where there not any to connect. I was convinced that each of these events and circumstances were related to each other… Let me give you an example.
Back in March I found out my dad was drinking again after two years of being clean. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I felt like a mean trick had been played on me, and something that I had never considered happening…did. I was caught off guard.
Then I found out I was pregnant. I was happy, but cautiously happy. The fear of a miscarriage or something wrong with the baby paralyzed me. I thought just in case something happened I didn’t want to get too excited and have that joy stolen away… similar to having the joy knowing my dad free from substance abuse was..even thought it was far too short… was stolen from me.
In reality, my dads decision to pick back up drinking has NOTHING to do with me or my baby. Satan had introduced these ideas as being related and I connected these thoughts of “better not get too excited in case something happens” in my head.
Sweet friends I really want to draw your attention to any “illusory correlations” you are believing in your life:
because this happened then this will likely happen…
well this turned out that way so this will likely turn out the same way…
Not only identify the areas that you need to take back, but also look at if these areas seem to have a common theme to them… orchestrated by none other than the father of lies himself.
Then get Angry. And put on your spiritual armor. Then begin to pray. Pray like this is a matter of life and death. because it is.
Pray in the spirit with thanksgiving on all occasions. (Ephesians 6:18) The only way to pray is from the confidence we have through Jesus Christ himself. (2 Corinthians 3:4-5)
When we are covered in His love, bathed in the confidence of who we are in Christ, we cast out the fear.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love 1 John 4:18
Driving out fear is about claiming the victory that is already promised to you through Christ, and praying fervently from the place of victory.
Questions for discussion and further thought:
1. What are the areas in my life that I need to take back from the enemy?
2. What are the “illusory correlations” in my life?
3. What is the common theme/emotion that these areas seem to stir up?
Now that we have called Satan out on one of his most sneaky strategies, this attack has lost it’s power over us. I’ll say it again.
Name those areas that you’ve been subject to faulty thinking. Now denounce any power or seemingly any power those thoughts and emotions had over you. IN JESUS NAME. AMEN.
So my dear friend, Ashley over at Mykitchentablechronicles is going to be blogging about the first strategy that Satan attacks your passion at her page. So be sure to check it out here… https://mykitchentablechronicles.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/fervent-strategy-1-passion/
Blessings, sweet friends!