Sunday Inspiration: The Battleground

The Battleground

By, Susan Sage

Who me? I can’t … ask her … you know, the one who does everything. Ask me to do something I already know how to do. Let me do my favorite thing … that’s comfortable already.

Recently I became overwhelmed by a task I know God gave me to do. I began to let thoughts of insignificance take space in my mind. I began to compare myself to others around me who have more expertise in this area and have been doing it a long time. Thoughts began to seep into my heart and I began down a slide beating myself up, telling myself I couldn’t, and believing degrading thoughts.

It seeps in when we least expect it.

It may come from places that surprise us, astounding overwhelming sideswiping and knocking us off course.

It is the attack.

The devil is good at it. He’s cunning, sly, crafty, and downright nasty. Why should I be surprised? He is the enemy of God and since I belong to God, he’s going to do everything he can to keep me off balance, out of whack, and distracted, to stop me from doing what God wants.

Spiritual attacks are no joke. It is serious business to the enemy of my soul.

But God … I love those words because they mean a change is coming.

I sensed God’s whisper deep inside. He told me He’d already given me what I needed to do what He wanted. I wasn’t lacking anything. (Hebrews 13:21)

My heavenly Father assured me once again of His call on my life and His direction.

Through a book by Max Lucado called “It’s Not About Me,” the Lord reminded me that it’s about confidence in Him, period. Self-confidence has nothing to do with it.

One of my favorite verses says God is greater than the devil. (I John 4:4) Another place in the Bible says I don’t have to own the battle the devil wants me in. It belongs to God. (I Samuel 17:47, II Chronicles 20:15). The conflict with the enemy is in the spiritual places which is why God needs to fight it. (Ephesians 6:12) He does want me prepared so He goes on to tell me to put on His full armor. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

I also need to remember that God gives all I need to stand and be courageous, and not to allow the enemy’s lies to take root in me. (II Corinthians 4 & 5)

It’s important to remember the devil tells lies. When we’re feeling pulled down and sideswiped recognizing those things for what they are—the enemy’s attack is crucial. Take them to God, and let Him do battle for us. God speaks truth.

Spiritual battles are difficult but God already promised victory … read Revelation and see.

I am able to stand complete, capable, and confident in Him, standing strong in His mighty power (Ephesians 6:10) and giving the battle back to Him.

I don’t want to waste my energy on a battle He’s already won. It’s time to stand on the truth of God’s word and do what He said to do.

About the Author

New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.

She is currently working on revising her website, which should be up in the next few months.

You can find her on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can read Susan's "Sunday Inspiration" column the 4th Sunday each month at Pandora's Box Gazette.

#SundayInspiration #SusanSage #SpiritualBattle #MaxLucado

Young Living Banner.Lavender.jpg
Gillette on Demand.jpg
Boxed Wholesale Delivered
Ambit Energy
Finally Family Homes.LOGO.jpg
Rakuten Ebates.jpg

© Joanne Troppello and Mustard Seed Sentinel, 2019. Unauthorized usage or duplication of any content published on this website without specific written permission from the site owner is strictly prohibited. With appropriate and specific guidance, excerpts and links may be used provided full definitive credit is given to Joanne Troppello, the contributor, and Mustard Seed Sentinel. Publication start date March 2016. MSS is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

DISCLAIMER: MSS reserves the right to remove comments on articles and in the forum that are not in line with our family-friendly brand and faith-based Christian magazine theme. Please make every effort to comment on articles and participate in the chat rooms in a friendly way that is devoid of profanity and hateful speech. MSS reserves the right to decline site membership (both the free membership and paid subscription membership) to any members who are violating our requests to keep this online community family-friendly. No spam links or comments will be allowed. Spam, profanity, and hateful speech will be deleted.

Freelance content submissions are always welcome and can be submitted through the submit button on the top of the Home Page underneath the header. All submissions are subject to review and possible rejection if the content does not meet quality standards. Edits may be suggested or required for some submissions. At this time, compensation is not given for submissions. However, as the Mustard Seed Sentinel readership grows, financial compensation will be provided for freelancers who submit appropriate and acceptable content for publication, such as the following: author interviews they've completed, guest blogs, or news articles. All freelancers will have their byline listed. NOTE: Mustard Seed Sentinel is a family-friendly publication and only appropriate faith-based content will be accepted.

This magazine is available for free online.

If you like our content and want to support

this publication, feel free to donate below.

Our paid subscription page is for paying members only. Engaging content, educational information, and interactive activities like webinars, as well as podcasts, are available for these paying members.

Publication of Mustard Seed Marketing Group, LLC