This article is excellent! There have been so many battles going on inside me the past while. When you deep clean a room the dust flies and things look worse than before. Before the dirt was all hidden now it comes out of the woodwork. In order for God to change us He must show us our sin and things get stirred up. Thank God there is a battle going on. I can rejoice in knowing victory is there in Christ. No battle means no victory. Yes, the battle’s hard but what do we expect? I’ve realized is that instead of talking about my feelings and the battle with a person I first need to take it directly to God. Ask Him to strengthen my faith so that I can speak the truth over the situation and my heart and feelings. I need to remember the evil one wants me to despair impatiently over the situation.
“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began”
2 Timothy 1:6-9
We can see the Lord saving and calling every one of us with a holy calling, according to His own purpose and grace, even before the foundation of the world (verse 9). We can also see that He has placed gifts on the inside of us, which we must stir (verse 6). That’s God’s image for us. But obviously, there is an opposition; there are spirits of fear, shame, blockages, obstructions, afflictions, etc (verse 8).
God has given us in Christ’s Spirit within us a sound mind. Proclaim it to yourself and rest in it. Ask God to still the clamor and anxiety that wells up and let God’s Spirit fill you with His promises and life giving commands. Follow even when it doesn’t seem like things will work out..Trust. In quietness and rest is your salvation. Waiting for God to ask is a work of faith and impatience shows our unbelief.
All in all, the Spirit the Lord has given us is a Spirit that will lead us in victory in each and every area of our life with God. It will make us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).
I also need to remember to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and not seek that which “seems good” and “sounds right” to me naturally. Those are the paths that lead us off course into the devil’s territory of defeat and darkness. What sounds good to the flesh is deadly. Watch out for that feeling of fleshly satisfaction. Remind yourselves that sin always leads to great regret and bears bitter fruit in our lives and hurts others. Not to mention grieves and leaves us out of close fellowship with our Savior. The one who fills our hearts with joy and light. When we are seeking God’s kingdom first we remember that yes we will have sorrow and hardship and have painful feelings but that if we give these feelings to God and ask for His truth to redeem and give light to us and that we might follow Him through the hurt and confusion (at times) He will add “all these other things” to us. Those things which our hearts desire (godly and true desires) and need He will provide beyond what we could ask or imagine! God’s in this for the long term may we also be waiting in faith for His work in us.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”