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Are you in a season of assault?

I wonder if you are feeling under attack… either spiritually or emotionally… and are weary from the fight.  Maybe you’ve been in battle for a while now and you’re ready to be done with it.

You’re exhausted.

You feel hopeless.

God gave me a powerful visual as I walked up to the front to speak at a woman’s retreat last spring.

To be honest, I was tired from some struggles and challenges in my own life. 

I was facing issues that required a lot of… me. 

My spirit was weary.

But God.

He knew exactly what I needed in that moment.

Sitting on the podium was a cross.  And I heard God whisper “Carey, when you are beaten down by life’s struggles, check your position.  The safest place to be is standing behind the power of the cross.  Where are you?”

Great question.

The truth is that sometimes I’m so ready for the battle that I charge ahead, taking all those arrows from the Enemy right in the chest.  Rather than stand behind Jesus when times get tough, I deal with life by stepping out from His covering.

I decide to do it my way.

No wonder I find myself exhausted at times.

When we are feeling weary and bruised and overwhelmed, it can be an indication that we’re not in the right position.  Chances are, we’ve strayed from His protection.

The Bible tells us that Christ gives us the strength to do all things, but so often we want the solution without including Him in the problem. We think we can do it better.  Our plans seem like good ones.

The result is a loss in… hope.

You see, the moment we step out from His divine protection (do it our way) the Enemy’s arrows pierce us… wounding us deeply.  They inflict serious damage to our motivation… our self-esteem… our ability to trust… and our perspective.

And unless we remove those arrows quickly, the infections of anger and bitterness and unforgiveness and fear will fester.  They will destroy us.

Are you standing behind the cross? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I let my identity be defined by what others think of me?
  • Am I always defending myself?
  • Do I easily forgive offenses?
  • Am I full of hope, even in hard times?
  • Is my perspective an eternal one?

Profound work was done on that cross… and because of it we’re covered by His blood.  Thanks to Christ’s selfless act, we have the ability to find protection from all that life throws at us.

So when you find yourself worn down and disillusioned, check your position with regard to the cross.

Are you behind it, allowing Christ to extinguish those flaming arrows?

Or are you out from its protection, allowing those arrows a direct hit?

Protect yourself from the Enemy, because his weapon is aimed in your exact direction.

Check your position.

Friends… where are you?

REALITY CHECK:

“God is our place of safety. He gives us strength. He is always there to help us in times of trouble.”  (Psalm 46:1  NIRV)

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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  (2 Timothy 4:7)

I was on the back deck talking to God about my weariness in battle.  I’m usually up for a good battle as I really enjoy watching the Enemy exposed and humiliated, but this one is brutal.

Why?  Because I’m getting hammered on every side.  I’m struggling with…

  • A child with intense emotional pain,
  • A husband requiring surgery,
  • A set of difficult logistics to figure out, and
  • A lack of finances to make it all come together.

Now I know, that I know, that I know, that God is in this!  I never doubt His profound and divine ability to take care of me and my family because I have seen it a million times.

My weariness is not for a lack of support or resources as I’ve learned that every challenge always comes with its own provision.

It is just constant right now and I’m getting hit where it hurts me the most.

Well as I was sitting outside downloading with God, my attention moved to some interesting activity on the pond behind our house.

A visiting pelican swam a little too close to the nests of some resident Redwing Blackbirds and they went after him.  These little blackbirds are known to fight back when anything or anyone encroaches on their territory.

And fight him ferociously they did.

The pelican stayed the course for a while, continuing to swim closer and closer to the nests of the blackbirds foraging for something to satisfy him.  But the constant assault from these little blackbirds proved too much and he eventually turned tail and left.

You might be thinking one of two things could be the lesson behind this visual:

  1. God is saying we should be the pelican and leave when the battle seems too much, or
  2. God is saying we should be the blackbirds and fight like hell until the intruder leaves.

Well, here is what I felt God whisper into my spirit, “Carey, keep fighting.  Stay at it.  Eventually the Enemy will see your fierceness as you battle for your territory and he will give up.  Be relentless.”

Sisters, when the Enemy invades… fight back like hell.

Here’s what your arsenal might look like:

  • Pray constantly for wisdom, discernment, strength, motivation, favor and whatever else you need.
  • Gather a team of prayer warriors that you know will cover you in battle daily.
  • Spend time refreshing yourself in the Word as it’s the sword of the spirit.
  • Have praise music in your house 24/7.
  • Pray over your house asking God to protect and restore you and your family and then command – in the name of Jesus – that anything evil or demonic leave immediately.  (Sometimes I do this daily!)
  • Refuse to isolate yourself from your support system and instead surround yourself with Godly friends and wise counsel.
  • When the Enemy whispers those lies to you, immediately restate it as a victory in Christ (When the Enemy says: “Your son will never heal from all the damage.”  I restate it as: “Thank you God that you are in the business of restoration!”)

But we’re only human, right?

And there are times the heaviness of our situation is too much.  There are times where we deeply feel the fear or sadness or anger from battle… and we crumble.

Friends, that’s okay.  Been there, done that.  But listen to me… All mighty warriors have to step off the front lines and change their armor and wipe the blood off their swords.

But because Christ is in you, once you’ve rested and have regrouped… you gather your arsenal and walk back to the front lines.

Like those Redwing Blackbirds, we refuse to let our enemies enter our territories and steal from our lives.   We’re going to be relentless in the fight.

In that God moment of encouragement and understanding from watching the fighting blackbirds, things shifted.

  • My tears stopped.  
  • My back straightened.
  • My jawbone clinched.
  • My heart healed (a little more).
  • My resolve emerged.

Because we have an Enemy that hates us with a burning passion, we need to expect the battle.  We cannot afford to be caught off guard.  We can’t be knocked out of the game when the Enemy hits us where it hurts.

Nope.  Instead, we need to fight the good fight.  We need to bring it.  We need to stare him down.

So when the Enemy threatens me… I’m gonna threaten him right back.

©2011 careyscotttalks.com

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Because God created me with a warrior’s heart and mentality, I am so ready for battle I can taste it.

I don’t say that pridefully.  I say it honestly.

Because of the strength, insight, wisdom and power I receive through Jesus Christ as my Savior, I do not fear the Enemy.   As a matter of fact, it gives me great pleasure to expose him and his tactics.

My hope is that when I wake up in the morning and my feet hit the floor, he shudders and says, “Dang, she’s awake!”

He can knock me down, but I get back up.  He can mess with my plans, but I regroup.  He can challenge my faith, but I remain steadfast.

I’ve decided that when he brings it… I’m bringing it, too.

When he works over time to mess with my life, I want to make it as difficult as possible for him to find any enjoyment or victory.

  • I want to praise God louder and more radical
  • I want to expose the Enemy’s hidden tactics and lies
  • I want to face the hardships with grace and forgiveness
  • I want to see the cup as half full rather than the other way around
  • I want to trust God completely and fully

And when I maintain an eternal perspective even when life throws a curve ball, it foils the Enemy’s plans.  He loses.

You see… as Christ-followers, we are a force to be reckoned with.

Yes, I mean you, too.

But I wonder:  Are you living your life that way?

Rather than allowing disappointment, anger, sadness, bitterness or hatred to overshadow your situation, do you see it for what it really is?  While you might be overwhelmed and fearful at times, do you eventually find God in the details?

There is no doubt that we are the strongest when we keep our eyes fixed on Him.  It looks like this…

  • When your marriage seems hopeless, you trust God for restoration.
  • When you can’t pay your bills, you trust God for provision.
  • When your hopes and dreams seem unattainable, you trust God for direction.

Sisters, we can trust that since God calls us to fight the good fight, He will make sure we are able to withstand the battle and rise victorious.

Our job is to press into Him when we begin to feel weary, losing our hope and focus.  You see, God promises to always be with us… and because of that, we can stand against the Enemy.

“In every way we’re troubled, but we aren’t crushed by our troubles. We’re frustrated, but we don’t give up.  We’re persecuted, but we’re not abandoned. We’re captured, but we’re not killed.”  (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

In a nutshell:  We may be at the end of our rope, but not the end of our hope.

Amen?

Listen, as long as we are breathing air on planet earth, Satan is going to “bring it.”  He knows his time is limited and so his plan is to turn up the heat as often as possible, hoping that we’ll let our circumstances overtake us… and we’ll just give up.

Not a chance.

I… so… love… the… battlefield.

Let’s resolve that when the Enemy brings it, we bring it, too.

©2011 careyscotttalks.com

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