“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.”Philippians 3:13-15
A quote that my husband wrote from yesterday’s sermon was, “Fresh surrender to the Holy Spirit”. I asked him what it meant to him. He said, “Drawing a line in the sand and starting over.”
The past several days I’d been dealing with a stronghold of fear and insecurity in things that I thought I cast from me a long while ago.
I’d go to God’s Word…go to prayer…go to my journal…go to a sermon…go to a book…go to God’s Word.
Trying to get some clarity and peace.
My weapon, since the onset, has been drawn but the enemy was just as persistent this go round.
I was finally able to admit this to my husband after church. I told him that I was feeling like admitting it to him shows a certain lack of faith.
There are things that I know in my knower to be true, but the enemy was hard on me to make it seem like a reality.
He’s good at throwing the PAST in our face. I know now that the past is the ONLY thing that he can use against us. That’s where shame, hurt and condemnation comes from.
Satan is the father of lies and strong suggestions. He could have my mind so twisted concerning my marriage that I had a hard time making sense of it.
Some of these are battles that Brian and I have had to fight side by side and back to back. There is no such thing as retreat in our marriage.
When the enemy comes in, the LORD will lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19). God is the majority; and we are the victors when we unite with God. We stand on our covenant with Him and each other.
I’ve forgiven that. I’ve been forgiven of that. I’ve let it go. I choose not to re-visit the ugly because I’ve been redeemed. So step off satan. You have no place here!!
I’m starting to feel God’s peace again and a sense of security by meditating on this passage:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God , which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever thins are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”Philippians 4:6-96-9
TODAY is a perfect day to draw a line in the sand, press on; forgetting those things which are behind and having a fresh surrender to the Holy Spirit.
I pray, dear ones, that God’s peace reigns in your life and your marriage. There is nothing more unsettling than knowing with all of your heart that one thing is truth, but yet another thing seems just as real in your mind.
Keep God’s Word in front of you. Say with the authority that there is no place in your marriage for anything or anyone but God, your spouse and you; none of satan’s suggestions or lies.
AHA MOMENT!!! I just made a correlation between two things…Last Tuesday is joined a Facebook group called SHMILY (See How Much I Love You) where we use Stormie Omartians’ book The Power of a Praying Wife to pray for our husbands.
I already pray for Brian daily, but PPW is more focused and specific. I have not missed a day of praying for my husband.
THIS makes satan furious. No wonder I’m being attacked.
You’ve been caught devil! Prepare to be dealt with!
Pray hard for your marriage as I continue to do the same!
Before you leave, though, I want to share one of Brian and my favorite songs…Love is not a Fight by Warren Barfield: