I had been struggling for so long with so much from selfishness, unforgiveness, moods that swing from happy to sad and irritable and what they call defeated thoughts, the ones that tell you hey you are not good enough, you are too fat, too this too that, you will never be that ,you are not confident enough , your dreams are invalid, you are not loveable and just so much negativity in my mind until I met the author of my salvation, my shepherd Jesus.
A few months after being born again I still did not quite understand the life I have been called to.Then I started to crave to know God .I started reading His word and as I read something in me started to feel alive. While seeking, I came across 1 John 4:4 You dear children are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. I dicovered that I am no longer a slave to those thoughts and behaviour. It took a while for that to sink in but now anytime defeating thoughts come my way I use this verse to counter those thoughts .
Truth be told, I sometimes forget who I am, God’s daughter and let those thoughts overcome but God in His own way and love uses someone or something to remind me that He cares for me and He loves me .He comforts me and I remember what He says in 1 Corinthians 1:9 God who has called you into fellowship with his son Jesus Christ our Lord is faithful. With this I know that even though I may fail sometimes, Philpians 1:6 tells me that, “For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
In the midst of all the things I struggle with, I know He is with me and He will continue to work on my heart and my mind through His word which is my sword. I leave you with this and I hope that you will be encouraged in the Lord. What do you struggle with and how do you counter it?Do you succumb or do you fight your struggles ? Use your sword , God’s word and defeat what the devil is planting in you.Get down on your knees if you will, seek God in His word for as Psalms 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Praise Him with songs and you will see your joy will return, the devil will flee.Do not be depressed because of your situation, choose to see that you have overcome and carry this verse in your heart and mind in all your struggles 2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm therefore, Having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness , 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.