Monday, April 4, 2016
Seeing is Believing
I posted this picture a few years back, but it's recently been making a few laps in my mind. In the past nine months God has made huge changes in my life. Good changes. Changes that required leaps of faith and have called me farther, deeper in my walk with him. Some of these changes have come to completion, while others I'm still in what you'd call the "planting" stage--you know, that spot where you know what he's called you to, but you're still walking completely by blind faith on the path to get there.
And one thing I've noted is when God calls us, Satan always appears to knock us off track. Because if Satan can't stop us from hearing, receiving, and stepping into God's plan and purpose for our lives, he will try everything to prevent us from reaching it. Typically his attacks bombard areas we've struggled in before. I happen to have a whole host of them, but this time around his attacks have flown straight in the face of my identity.
Why? Because if Satan can get me to forget who I am--Whose I am--then I lose the source of my power to be effective not only in what God has called me to, but in my very own life. I'm no longer a warrior. I'm no longer pressing forward. I'm no longer claiming access to the very tools I need for survival. My salvation remains in tact, but my usefulness is gone.
So that picture up there started resurfacing in my mind. Oh, friends, if we could keep at the front of our viewpoints the mirror image of who we truly are in Christ it would make all the difference in our lives.
We are strong. (Philippians 4:13)
We are beautiful. (Song of Solomon 4:7)
We are daughters. (2 Corinthians 6:18)
We are chosen.(2 Peter 2:9)
We are purposed. (Jeremiah 29:11)
We are redeemed. (Ephesian 1:7)
And it's not enough to simply know these things. We need to act on them! We need to stand straight and tall, holding our sword and advancing into the territory God has for us. Don't let Satan snow you. Don't let him mess with you. Don't let him take what God has given!
Daily be in the Word. Daily be in prayer. Daily put on your armor.
And daily look at your reflection in Christ and believe what you see there--you are one fierce warrior.