“For You are my refuge and strength…”

“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy…” – Luke 10:19

Question for the Day:  What do we do when the enemy comes at us under the cloak of darkness?

Dear Friends,

We have been having some wonderful discussions about how God speaks to us in so many different ways.  However, this morning, I am led to ask the question above.  How wonderful it is to acknowledge and share those times when we hear God’s voice.  But we have to also, recognize the voice of our enemy, for he is a powerful force of destruction with one goal:  To draw us away from God.

For me, the enemy speaks loudest through discouragement, feelings of inadequacy, and worry.  He generates fear and anxiety in those areas in which he knows I am weakest.  In most cases I am able to see him clearly and dispel  these attacks pretty quickly.  But when he comes at me at night, I have a problem.

At night, when I should be sleeping but can’t – my fears and anxieties get so much bigger.  And in a sleepless state, I always feel very much alone. This is my most vulnerable state.

But I have hidden His word in my heart, “I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy,” “I will sleep in peace and safety, for the Lord watches over me…” (Psalm 4:8)

These are my prayers in the darkness, and in them I find the presence of a God that holds me in His right hand, regardless of how alone I feel.

Gracious Father,

Under the shadow of Your wings do I find refuge.  In the power of Jesus Christ do I stand, even in the darkness & even when I feel very alone.  Lord, when the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy my peace and faith in You, please help me to remember these promises of Yours.  When my fears and worries overtake me, lead to Your still waters.

Thank You for giving me the armor to fight this ongoing battle well.

In the name of my Savior I pray,

Amen

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