“Sandy, give attention to my words: tune your ear to my sayings. Don’t let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the center most protected part of your heart; For they are life to you as you find them, and health to all your spirit, soul and body.” Proverbs 4:20-22 Sandy’s Version
A few years ago, I got ahold of a series by Creflo Dollar entitled, Are You In The Game. I just couldn’t stop listening to them. It was all about winning the battle of your mind, how to fight your thoughts with the Word and they were the most eye opening, mind bending, practical truth I’ve listened to.
Have you ever felt yourself tossed into the heat of a battle and wondered what the heck was going on? I have, but it’s weird, like really weird warfare. When the enemy tries to convince you that you can’t communicate, no one really understands you and that people are just being nice.
Each time you open your mouth, it’s like you’re stumbling over your words and what you say doesn’t translate into English right. You begin to wonder if you’re actually having a stroke or losing your ability to speak.
This actually happened to me and I was about to stop talking until I could figure out what was going on, but when I thought that thought, I instantly recognized it was the devil and in my spirit I heard, “He’s trying to steal your words!” (Mark 4:15) So I said, “You will not have my words, devil! For they are hidden and protected in the center of my heart where you can’t get to them. I know the truth and the truth sets me free!”
My friends, Satan’s goal is to shut you up and he is relentless in his goal to do so. He will come at you from every side, to discourage you and get you to give up. If that’s not happening in your life, perhaps you should examine what, if anything is coming out of your mouth. If there’s no warfare, there’s no treasure to steal.
I’m thankful that I have had the opportunity to stand in a place of battle and from a place of victory to contend for what Jesus purchased for me. I hold up my shield of faith and quench every fiery dart hurled at the Word in me. No weapon formed against me will prosper. Jesus won the war, I must be convinced of that and rest in it.
I pray for each of you who have treasure in you to protect; guard your heart and mind. Don’t cry out for yourself, cry out for others. God did not make you to be self-centered but to focus on Him and others. I link myself together with you and pray for you that I might be saved. (James 5:16)