Friday, July 18, 2014

The Wiles of the Devil

Have you ever had something in your life that you've truly believed in? Something you've poured yourself into because you were certain it was God's plan, His Will? That this thing would serve to further God's Kingdom and do great things for Him? That thing...has Satan attacked the heart of it? Has he tried to viciously tear apart your plans from the inside out? 

Do you know what that means? You're a threat. Whatever you doing, it's scaring him. He's out to get you, and he's throwing everything he can into tearing you down.

Sometimes withstanding Satan's attacks can be so frightening. It can feel like you're standing completely alone in a raging hurricane. He gets into your head, manipulates you, makes you question yourself and those in the race with you. He does everything he can to make you feel like a failure, to feel worthless.

You're not. The simple fact that Satan is trying to squelch your passion signifies that you're not worthless, that you have more power than you realize. He wouldn't waste his time on a nobody. Keep pushing on, keep fighting. Giving up only serves to hand the victory to Satan.

What if you're not the one to give up, but someone else does? What if God's plan for your life is abandoned by the other people in the plan with you? The only thing you can do is pick up your sword and your shield and keep marching. There will be other faithful that will join you sooner or later. As a child of God, you're never completely alone. Keep up the good fight.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Finding The Nerve

I'm afraid of so many things. I'm scared of heights, fractured bones, road rash. I'm afraid of car accidents, failure, brokenness. I'm petrified of losing those I love, having a house fire, being mugged. My life is a mess of fear.

There are people in this world who aren't afraid of anything, and there are people in this world who are afraid of everything.

It would be nice to live in a world without crippling fear. It would be glorious. That's just not always the way it works.

Here's the thing. I'm afraid of heights, so I want to go skydiving. Road rash and broken bones terrify me, so I've learned to longboard. Though I am afraid of so many things, I can't let those things control me. I won't. The only way to get over your fear is to conquer it. To never give up.

We can't just live in seclusion, hoping the things that haunt our dreams will leave us alone. We can't keep our families at a distance because we're afraid of losing them. We can't avoid roadways for fear of getting hit by a car.

It takes so much courage to venture out and face your fear. People think that those without fear are the brave ones. Not so. The most courageous people in this world are the people that stand up to their fears, look them in the face and say, "Try me."

God did not create us to be scaredy cats (it's in the Bible, I swear- 2 Tim 1:7). He made us to trust Him in everything, including the things that frighten us. He is with us, even when we struggle through the darkest moments of our lives (Psalm 23:4).

Don't hide from the things that are attacking you. Embrace boldness, fearlessness, valor. Become the warrior God intends you to be. Stand strong.

"Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back." -An old baseball player.