By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prawls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5: 8-9
Do you see yourself standing at the bottom of the giant mountain today. Do you feel small, unnoticed, not capable and unworthy? The work God calls us to do here on earth is often uncomfortable, physically tiring and emotionally draining. Some days we may be shouting, “Praise God!” while other times we may be crying out, “I need a miracle!” Whatever the day may bring, changes will come and we need to have a godly mindset in order to handle them. Satan wants to destroy us. He wants to keep us discouraged and beaten down. God called us to greatness. We have a job to do for him. We don’t have time to be defeated.
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19
God understands that we all have limited time and energy and that much of life is about prioritization and balance. Use this as a reminder to be prepared for whatever may be ahead in your future. Don’t waste your time being complacent with where you are today. The believer lives a life of ongoing conflict, both physical and spiritual. We are engaged in the most noble fight of all…the cause for Christ. Remember God’s promise that no weapon formed against you will succeed at taking you down (Isaiah 54:17). Hide His words in your heart and wear them out on your sleeve. Keep your head up…You’ll lose a few battles, but remember that you’ve already won the war.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27