I am not doing the best job being formidable against the attacks coming my way. These are attacks on my family, job, and identity in Christ. The arrows Satan throws at me keep coming.
How do I stay strong when all I feel is defeat? I have to revisit what I know to be true. In my daily return to truth I find strength.
I could take a lesson from the impala and the lion. The impala picks up the scent and runs. Satan’s tactic’s stink. They have a smell. They don’t bring peace. They seem alluring at first but don’t satisfy. The impala doesn’t know how long, but if it keeps running away it will stay safe from harm. Remember, the lion can’t last that long. The devil will flee if we resist him. We run from Satan every time we pick up God’s word and believe it, speak it, and pray it.
I revisit truth and resist the Devil (and his tactics) when I run to the Word.
When, a negative thought enters my head I replace it with scripture. I rebuke what the enemy is trying to do to my family with God’s word. I have notecards with scripture written on them that I pray over every morning. Also, I have scripture on my fridge and kitchen cabinets that I meditate on while I’m cooking. I listen to the Word as I run. I want to live and breathe the Word. With each step I take in the Word I’m closer to Jesus and further from the enemy’s schemes.
Lysa Terkeurst says, “The mind feasts on what it focuses on. What consumes my thinking will be the making or breaking of my identity.” (Uninvited)
James, Jesus’ brother, gave me some more insight in being formidable against the enemy’s tactics.
“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.” James 4: 7-10
We become formidable when we bow down before God. I train every morning to run a half-marathon. I condition my legs to handle the pace and miles I need to run. It does not happen overnight. Today, I lengthened the amount of time I ran by two more minutes. That may not seem like much but it is two more minutes closer to my goal. In the same way God wants to condition our heart to withstand Satan’s evil schemes on bended knee. The time I spend in prayer makes me able to handle his attacks on my marriage, my child, and my finances.
Derail defeat by digging in and bending down.
The first thing a runner does before a race is to bend down. They wait on the signal to begin the competition. I need to return to that kneeled posture to get my signals from God.
Psalm 91:1-2 AMPC He who dwells (lives, resides, sits waiting expectantly-wait on the Word) in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed (rest, pass the dangers of the night unharmed, spend time in talking and listening to Jesus) under the shadow of the Almighty (whose power no foe can withstand). I will say (aloud-speak it until my heart believes it) of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I (confidently) trust! (emphasis mine).
Living in the secret place of the Most High here (Psalm 91:1) is talking about the Holy of Holies in the Jewish tabernacle. It is the place that only the priest could enter once a year. In this location the Holy Spirit would come down and rest between the Cherubim’s wings on top of the Ark of the Covenant. The blood from the sacrifice would be spilled there for the sins of the Jewish people. It is the secret place because not everyone could enter in and experience the Lord’s presence.
I love the shade when I run in the summertime heat. It is my brief moment of respite under the shadow of the trees. God’s shadow cover’s all my trouble, all my sin, all past defeat. He is my comfort to withstand the heat of the day.
I want to grasp the secret place, the inner sanctuary, of the Most High God.
I want to visualize it and take it all in. I want to see Jesus face to face. I long for that day when I can physically take Him all in. We have that secret place that we can live in when we ask Jesus to be our Savior and Lord and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. The problem is motivating my carnal mind to get a grip on the magnitude of His presence. That is why I need God’s word to be the focal point of my life. When I breathe it in daily, it seeps into my whole being. His word is how I keep running the race. His word is how my feet don’t slip along the way.
“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power (making it active, operative, energizing, and effective); it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating the dividing line of the breath of the life (soul) and (the immortal) spirit, and of joints and marrow (of the deepest parts of our nature), exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 AMPC
To my marrow and yours, to the innermost part of our bones does the word speak. As a sword, the Word fights the battle over our minds, cutting away the sins of our families, stripping away at the turmoil of our lives. I see how the Word is attacking what Satan has thrown at mine.
I am choosing to believe, “Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.” Psalm 91:7 NLV
Please help me to remain in your sanctuary. Help me to find rest in you despite all the sin around me. Give me shade and protection from the attacks on my home. Help me to meditate on your word and commit it to memory so that I may not forget your promises. Help me to believe to my marrow that you are my refuge. I need you Jesus to stay fixed and stable in this life. Thank you for your Word and that it will cut away any sin or strife that comes my way.
In Jesus’ name,
I would love to hear from you. Share a verse, a story, a song that is helping you be formidable in times of trial.
Below are the other blog posts in the Formidable Series. If you missed one or want to continue the series click the links below.
Three Ways to Remain Formidable: Part One- Humble
Three Ways to Remain Formidable: Part Two – Watchful
Three Ways to Remain Formidable: Part Four -Hopeful Coming Soon