I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!
The Enemy Fights hardest when he knows God has a blessing for you..Not a fitness post, just something heavy on my heart...
May 15, 2016
WOW...think about that for a minute, the enemy fights hardest when he knows God has a blessing in store for you....that is SCARY STUFF!
It is true...and let me tell you something even more frightening....The enemy knows your weakness better than you do! Yep, that dude knows what makes you tick and how to push your buttons.
I, unfortunately, know this all too well.
This sketchy dude knows my insecurities and what I cannot resist, and lets me real, we are not talking about my daily fight to resist peanut butter. This dude gets after the big stuff.
I am not going to get into the things I battle this monster about, we all have things, so I am quite sure you know what type of things I am talking about here.
I had one of these fights with this evil dude yesterday and I want to share 3 tips that if you put into place, next time the enemy shows up without an invite, you will be prepared to send him packing....and I promise, he will show up....no one is exempt from his slimy self.
#1, Pray without ceasing.
What does this mean? Praying without ceasing, means simply that, constantly lifting up your weaknesses to Jesus to help you thru. The enemy will find a weak moment and BAM, he gets in there before you have time to run. When you are always in prayer, your first instinct will be to pray thru it.
What does that look like? Prayer does not always mean you are on your knees in your bedroom, and let me be clear there is most definitely a need for that, but that is not always what it looks like.
Prayer does not always look like someone who lowers their head, closes their eyes, or folds their hands, again, there is definitely a place for that, but it doesn't need be constant.
Constant prayer is just that, always speaking to God and asking him for guidance, protection, and clarity to know when things are right and when they are not. Again, let's be honest, we typically know when things are not right, and it is up to s to make the correct choices. Tell that enemy to "get behind me" Never let him lead. Prayer leads us to making the right choices.
#2.Surround yourself with like minded people.
What does this look like? This is pretty self explanatory, however, I needed to be reminded, so my guess is you might also.
We all want to see how many of our "friends" "like" the things that we post on social media.
These "likes" make us happy right?, Or do they? don't get me wrong, it is nice when people enjoy seeing the pictures of or kids, our pets, or whatever special event we chronicle on our social media sites.
Let me loving tell you that not everyone who enjoys your posts are your friends. By friend, I mean that SMALL group of people you can go to when you need to be lovingly set straight.
This group should be those that share your values, morals, and have proven that you can trust them.
You do not want to tell everyone who accepts your friend request your problems, some of them just might be the ugly enemy in a beautiful costume.
#3. Feed your brain and your soul. AKA Personal Development
This is the thing that we decide can wait until later. We are tired, we have to get the kids ready for the day, we have to walk the dog, we have to hurry and get ready for work, get to work, get thru that day, to get home and get the kids to their events, make them dinner, get homework ready, get them bathed and into bed. Gosh, I am tired just typing that out, and then your spouse wants to have a minute of your time too? Like for real?! Just let me brush my teeth and go to upstairs to bed. Not even time to nurture our relationship? DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!
I get it, hubs and I raised 2 boys, and some fur kids too, it is a 24/7 job that has no time clock to punch, no lunch or break time thru the day. Hubs traveled quite a bit when our kids were little, and was gone for days at a time. Those were the pre-cell phone days. So we had to work extra hard.
My point is, if you are feeding your brain and your soul with the word, you are prepared to handle the enemy when he starts lurking around, and he will show up, and he knows the exact time to do it, he knows when you are most vulnerable.
You need to have scripture and teachings on top of mind to refer back to when whatever tempts you shows up at your door, and it will.
In this day and age, you really have no excuse for not feeding your brain and your soul with good meaningful stuff.
I have a very dear friend that has 10 children ages 18 and under, several of which are special needs children, and she has no problem getting her soul fed very single day. So again, let me lovingly tell you if you "don't have time", you are making the decision to not have time.
Feeding your should might mean that you listen to a podcast, watch a periscope, read 10 pages of a personal development book, you catch an episode of maybe Joel Osteen, or Joyce Meyer on the TV or Satellite radio, or Um even Youtube. those Joel and Joyce teachings literally last 20 mutes, how much time to do you spend on your social media sites each day?
I challenge you to time yourself next time you get on your Facebook, Instagram, or snapchat sites. I promise that you will not realize how much those sites suck your time and you do not even realize it.
Let me be clear, there is nothing wrong with browsing and posting those sites. I only use them as an example because I always hear "I don't have time". No, you do not make time.
I encourage you to put these three tips into practice and watch the enemy flee, he has no reason to hang around if he cannot access your weakness, or tempt you into those thoughts of "I am not good enough" or "I cannot do that". You are most definitely good enough, and you can absolutely do that, whatever "that" is.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!