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