Can I say that without crediting Nike? Idk so I will be safe. Thanks, Nike. 😛
But seriously… This is a lesson I have learned recently. I have been waiting to post a blog until I had something worth typing that was longer than a couple of sentences. But you know, sometimes you dont need to ramble to get the point across. Man, it stinks that it took me 30 years to realize that!! I wonder how many friends I have lost because I “talk too much.”
Back to the point… I have found that in my life I have sometimes allowed myself to be stopped from doing what I believed was right. Sometimes it was fear of failure, defeat or rejection. Sometimes just worry stoped me. A whole host of things have stopped me from doing what I believe I should. But in reality, none of those things that stop me are from God! I mean, sure, there is a time and a place for God to speak up and stop us from doing the wrong thing. But you and I know that is not what I am talking about.
I am talking about those moments in time when the spirit moves within me and I tell Him, basically, to shut up. When he pulls on my heart strings and says, “Go talk to that person.” or the recent one, “Go visit the sick and lonely.” That is when Satan speaks up and we have a sort of conversation. It goes something like this, for example:
Spirit: “Go visit the sick and lonley.”
Me: “Really? Umm… okay. What would I say?”
Spirit: “Don’t worry about details just go.”
Enter Satan who is never short of excuses and negativity. “Nah. You can’t do that. What if they throw their bed pan at you? What if they are mean? What if they are super sick and you get sick and DIE!”
Sound dramatic? Well that is pretty much how it goes. For someone who struggles with fear, worry and anxiety this is pretty much a common conversation and a show-stopper for me!
SO what do I do when Satan speaks up? I am learning to turn it over to the Spirit and let Him handle it.
Matthew 16:23 (NLT)
23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
That is how Jesus handled Satan. The conversation I have with Satan could end something like this.
Me thru Spirit: “In the name of Jesus, get behind me Satan for you have in mind the things of man and I am doing the work of God.”
James 4:7 (NLT)
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Stop trying to do it alone! Stop trying to fight Satan alone! God did not call us to be lonely warriors. He called us to join HIS army! (THAT is a whole different blog post! ^_^)
If you find yourself stopped by your fears and failures. If you find yourself struggling to overcome them to do what you believe is right. Simply keep going.
It was Winston Churchill who said:
If you are going through Hell, keep going.
Lastly, I feel compelled to mention a Bible verse that runs through my head when I reflect on all this. I love the book of James. In James 4, it is written (NLT):
13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.
17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
That last verse just catches me. I believe there is another place in the Bible that this is discussed but I am uncertain. Feel free to comment. I just wanted to bring up that if I feel compelled by God to do something and I do not do it, I am sinning. Remember Jonah and Nineveh. 😉
Bear the following verses in mind next time you struggle to do what you believe is right, for whatever reason or excuse Satan gives you.
Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)
3 Commit your actions to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 3:6 (AMP)
6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Psalm 37:3-5 (NLT)
3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
God Bless you as you work to do His will. More on that later. ^_^
❤ Supera Matris
I guess I did end up with a whole post when I only had one small thought. ^_^
WHEN I HIT PUBLISH it notified me that this is my 77th post. As 77 is my FAVORITE number, I am celebrating!! ^_^