II Corinthians 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds”
Sometimes it feels carnal, doesn’t it? Especially when you’re awake in the night thinking of what you did and what you could have done or said differently. After exhausting THAT line of thinking, the other thoughts bombard your mind, “How did you ever think God could use you! You should just stop all lines of ministry. You’re a failure and always will be.”
I’m sure everyone has experienced this line of thinking at one time or another. I know because I’ve sat and listened to others who have undergone this same attack, whether real or imagined. People who have misinterpreted what you’ve said or done and spread it like peanut butter on bread.
The first thing I do is repent! I’m so imperfect that at times I wonder what God was thinking! But I won’t allow the self defeating thoughts to keep me out of the race and neither should you! Dust yourself off and get back on the track. Focus! You running the race set before you is what others need and the enemy hates! He will do anything to keep you out!
This morning I saw this in my newsfeed from a personal word the Lord gave me on October 30, 2012:
“You cannot fight flesh with flesh. You must fight flesh with My word. How did I overcome the devil in My wilderness? With the Word. If the seed is in your loins, than the seed of my Word is in the loins of your mind (Peter 1:13). What you focus on determines your outcome. If you think and speak failure, you will fail. If you make your thoughts come in line with My Word in every area of your flesh, you are assured the victory because the battle is not yours, its’ Mine. How did I overcome? By the Word. My Word is near you, even in your mouth. Speak My Word over every attack of the enemy, resist him with My Word and he will flee. Rest in My faithfulness. Rest in My victory. Rest in My finished work.”
Father, though at times I want to lay down and quit, I will run the race set before me, looking to You, the author and finisher of my faith. So I hydrate myself from Your living water, and I rest in Your promises that You who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen