One of the biggest ways that the enemy throws me off is by throwing a bunch of mindless stuff in my face:
Do you have enough money to pay all your bills, give more, and live?
Being a single parent is so hard!
You don’t have enough time to be a working, single mom who commutes 4 hours a day. How will you get anything done?
You didn’t spend any quality time with the Lord today.
Your house is a mess!
He’s going to treat you just like the others did…. You’re not enough.
That is just a small glimpse into some of the things that cross my mind on a daily basis. Notice how none of these thoughts glorify the Lord? Notice how all of them are filled with worry, fear, and doubt?
There really is something to that scripture that says, “finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things…” Philippians 4:8
This scripture used to bother me because life isn’t filled with only happy, sunshiny days. I used to think, “there are real issues going on and I am dealing with some real stuff!”
But as I’m growing (thank God for the growth), I’m learning that the things that I worry about hold no weight in the presence of the Lord. God is bigger than any situation in my life. He is my life. He is the source of my life. He is my strength.
This morning, the Lord let me see how the joy of the Lord really is my strength. In His presence is the fullness of joy. So if the joy of the Lord is my strength and the fullness of the joy is found in His presence, then that is where I need to be! It’s in His presence. That’s where I find strength to go on. That’s where I download everything I need to make it through this life.
The enemy knows that our strength is found in the Lord. He gets it! We’re the ones trying to figure it out. And because he gets it, he uses it against us. He knows that if he can get us upset, worried, and frustrated, we’ll most likely spend time crying over the “issues” instead of pressing into the presence of God.
Now I understand why the Lord has been impressing worship on me. He’s been telling me to spend time with Him. Sing to Him. Read the Word. There are things He wants to say; questions He’s trying to answer; wisdom He wants to impart. But He needs the time. He needs me to come into His presence. So instead of focusing on the bad things, focus on the Lord. Focus on the lovely, noble, and just truth in His word: He shall supply all my needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus…. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. Be still and know that he is God… the Lord will fight for me…. if I delight myself in Him He will give me the desires of my heart.
So don’t be deceived. When the ugly thoughts come, trying to throw you off, go straight to the Lord. Tell Him what’s going on, give the issues over to Him, and worship Him because He is a God who cares. He has brought you through SO MUCH already. Why would He stop now?