Sleep was erratic. Seals were broken numerous times. Excuses danced around in my mind. The alarm sounded. As I flipped back the covers and swung my legs over the side of my bed this morning, I thought of all the reasons I could stay home and not venture out into the cold, brisk air. For a split second, the idea of burrowing under the covers for the remainder of the day was very appealing to me.
That’s exactly what the devil wanted. Not today Satan.
As I slowly and purposely maneuvered down each stair step, and secretly wished I could just bound up and down the stairs as I used to, I found our grandson waiting at the bottom – arms outstretched wanting to be picked up with the cutest smile on his face. At that very moment, I thanked Jesus for the blessings he gives me daily. I couldn’t wait to get to church and spend some time praising and worshipping the King of Kings!
Winding my way through the maze of people at church, chatting it up with friends and giving and receiving hugs, I found my way to our seats. As I juggled my handbag, several coats and a cup of hot tea, I placed my cane on the chair in front of me. I knew I would need it. Most Sunday’s I choose to sit and sing from my seat during worship times. It’s an easy way for me to take a break from the pain I have; today I chose to honor the Lord with ALL I have and ALL I am. And as I stood and sung with every fiber of by being, my heart swelled; my pain was there, but it wasn’t so unbearable that I couldn’t stand through a few songs. Thoughts tried to break through saying, ‘you know you would feel better if you sit down.’ Not today Satan.
Lately, I have found that if I allow the stress of my day to gnaw at me and I don’t let it roll off of me and give it to Jesus, the devil comes along and tries to steal my joy. I can stand firm in my faith and know that Jesus is working everything out for me. I am learning that how I look at life, is quite different from other people in my life see it and I can do my best to understand things from their point of view or I can allow Satan to work on us and allow bitterness to take hold and bickering to ensue to the point that I don’t care what happens in those relationships. The enemy is good at plotting and destruction. I can say ‘Not today Satan.’
God tells us in His word that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, but that He came to give us life abundantly.
John 10:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they (A)may have life, and [a]have it abundantly.
When I chose to follow Jesus as my Savior, my life became abundant in blessings and favor I would never had seen otherwise. God loves us and he gave us the best gift we could ever have. His son. I always have a choice and so do you.
Last week, I melted. If tears could cause a person to dissolve, I would’ve been a puddle for sure. I do my best to stay focused on the Lord, but sometimes life gets the best of me. I forget to turn it ALL over to the Lord. I pray, but I don’t realize that I need to totally surrender to the Lord. He already knows what I need.
I can choose to see all the things I need to work on in my life as dead ends OR I can choose to see how many times Jesus has carried me in the palm of His hand, when I was too weak to take that next step. As I allow the Lord to soften my heart and show love and kindness, as he did, the walls of anger and resentment start to fall away.
We must keep our eyes on Jesus. We must trust in His Word for us. His love endures forever. So the next time, you feel like you’re being pulled into a direction that is not of the Lord, simply stand firm in your faith and declare – Not today Satan.
Thank you for my life. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for dying on the cross and shedding your blood from me. Lord forgive me when I fail to remember that you are with me . When I am weak and have no strength; you are my strength. When I am tired; you give me rest. When I am sad; you are my joy. When life is coming at me from all sides; you are my peace. Father God, thank you so much for sticking with me through thick and thin.
In your Mighty name Jesus, Amen
Remember, Jesus Loves you! Blessings to you and yours today!