I tripped over a memory today and lost my balance for a while.
You know the type of memory….a voice from the past that comes back around to hurt? It reminded me of a devastating experience. Horrible words, overwhelming circumstances …a flood of tears.
Along with the memory came the voices provoking the details.
Before long, the memory exploded like a glorious Fourth of July fireworks display. Only the emotions accompanying the fireworks are anything but glorious.
The emotions reveal insecurities…feelings of being unworthy, unwanted, unloved.
I entertained the voices. I listened, and since I didn’t shut them down immediately…they continued.
Then suddenly I realized what was happening….and I cried out to JESUS.
I went to the Word of God. Reading three different translations…I grasped my failure. God opened my eyes clearly.
“This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life or death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.” Ephesian 6:12 The Message
We Christians can be guilty of being too casual about the enemy’s intentions.
Our attitude must be that of a soldier tiptoeing through a mine field.
Because we don’t palpably see him….we forget about him.
We must get smarter than the Devil.
We must watch for the traps…deceptions…the dangers.
When it comes to the Devil and his schemes, we must live on the defensive but pray on the offensive.
We must be wary of our weaknesses before he uses them against us.
We must assert truth to our situations when he whispers lies.
We must affirm the word of GOD when he hurls the accusations of the world.
We must prepare ourselves for the life and death battle to finish well.
We must prepare for the battle…every day.
Any negative thought, past sin or hurtful memory that comes to us…..is of the Devil. God will not bring up your past, or feed the hurt. Simply refuse to listen or think on it. Instead replace it with scripture, prayer, worship, and truth.
When the Devil tries to dig up your past, immerse yourself in truth. Believe who you are and take authority over his ploys.
Be a fierce soldier and put on the armor of God before you take your first breath of the morning.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:14-18
Suit up soldier and use your battle plan, don’t let the enemy gain any ground.
So I tripped over a memory and lost my balance for a while….and then I remembered who I am.
What have you tripped over today?