We can choose to fill our lives with the promises of God, or we can fill our lives with the lies the world has to offer. One offers us eternal treasures and the other robs us of our joy and peace.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
Last night, I had such anxiety and fear and tossed and turned for hours; it felt like my spirit and flesh were wrestling to the death. I have an idea what caused me to feel this way and I wish as fear and anxiety began to overtake my thoughts I was able to subdue them immediately. When fear was knocking at my door, I should have let my faith answer it and when anxiety began to stir inside me, I should have let God’s promises quench their fire, but instead I felt paralyzed, yet I couldn’t be still for more than a second!
Fear and anxiety are complex emotions, but when we believe, “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world,” we can win the battle in our minds. It took me 2 hours to win last night’s battle, but when I finally gave my thoughts and emotions over to God, I could feel His peace wash over me. Sometimes God will awaken me in the middle of the night to intercede for someone or something, but this was different; I could feel the attack coming. I had just returned home from praying and fasting and was in a weakened state. I felt overwhelmed and nervous about several upcoming and recent events and the enemy seized this opportunity to attack me.
Our minds are the first line of defense to our very being and if we allow the enemy a foothold, he will advance until we are brought to our knees and then he will launch the final blow.
The only way we can overcome these attacks is by knowing the word of God and applying it to our lives. God’s word is sharper than a double edged sword and when we live our lives according to its promises, we can repel any attack the enemy launches sending him fleeing with his tail between his knees. Every day we must put on the full armor of God, so when the evil one attacks, you may be able to stand your ground.