Journal Entry ~ 07/28/19
O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. - Psalm 131:1
Daily, we need to remind ourselves there is a spiritual battle around us, there is someone fighting for our hearts that we need to resist, especially when we find ourselves in the trenches of a difficult battle. The conflict we experience, the heart-breaking emotions that we walk through as a result the trials we are enduring are so often the result of our listening to the lies of the enemy. He wants your heart, and he is sneaky in the way he goes about getting a foothold. He will convince you the suffering you experience is the result of someone else’s sin, and he will set up camp in your heart nursing that wound so you never find freedom from the pain.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you. You can trust in that promise - the enemy will flee from you, God will make sure of it. The problem can often be recognizing when the devil is tempting you and when you need to resist him. That's the importance of learning to humble ourselves. We can be so blinded by our pride. We so often set off in our own thoughts and plans for how this situation should be handled, that we keep God on the sidelines by informing Him of our plan and how we’d like Him to fix it. When we are wrapped up in our prideful thoughts, the enemy doesn't have any problem waltzing right into our lives.
If we truly want to resist the devil and the temptations in our lives - from those negative thoughts to losing our patience - then we need to humble ourselves. But we cannot do that alone. We need to get on our knees and ask God to reveal our pride to us. When we see it, we need to confess and repent, then submit ourselves once again to our holy and mighty God.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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