I am so excited to share with you my very first Grace & Sass devotion! About a week ago, I posted a poll in the Grace and Sass Women in Midlife Facebook Group, asking what you’d like to see more of this year…and a devotion was the #1 response. And since it’s all about YOU, my beautiful reader, I am happy to oblige. 😉 I wasn’t sure if I’d try to do a daily or weekly devotion…but God made it abundantly clear this morning…so here goes. *giggle*
The first thing I feel God is telling me we need to address in this new year is our power! I’m not talking about our power as women in midlife (although we have that, too). I’m talking about our power as daughters of the One True King! This year, it’s time to let go of any lingering victim mentality we may have. It’s time to go on the offensive!
Yesterday was Jim’s and my 7th anniversary. I was all excited to get dressed for church, worship together, and watch him rock out for Jesus. (He plays drums on the contemporary Worship Team.) And I was looking forward to seeing friends and family I haven’t seen in a few weeks, what with our being gone over Christmas, and my being laid up with my hip & leg injury. *rolls eyes at midlife self* And I was all ready to dig into Revelation in Sunday School (one of my favorite books of the Bible, which I have studied at least 6 or 7 times, but never tire of). We got ready. We stopped for coffee (Oh okay…coffee and a donut.) We parked across the street from church where we always do. And I had taken no more than 3 steps from the truck…when wham!!!!!! I slipped on some ice. I went down HARD, y’all! Both hands were full with my purse, and my Bible, and my coffee cup…so I couldn’t catch myself. I landed smack dab on my right knee cap. That, of course, jarred my hip. (You know, the one I’ve been nursing for the past 3 weeks.) Not to mention it shot hot coffee up onto my face, all over the brim of my hat….even up underneath my hat, in my hair and behind my glasses! Oh, y’all…..I was literally a hot mess! *giggle* My poor husband had to set down all the stuff he was carrying, help me back to the truck, and then go into rehearsal and church alone….while I went home and put ice on my knee, and the heating pad on my hip and back. That was NOT how I had wanted my morning to go….at all! 🙁
Now I could have felt sorry for myself, or angry at what happened, but you know what? All the enemy’s attempts to distract me from worshipping and fellowshipping backfired! (As is often the case.) I may have had to go home alone and nurse my wounds….but that only gave me MORE quiet time with my Jesus….and it really drove home the lesson in my “Draw the Circle” prayer challenge I’m doing.
You see…paragraph after paragraph, I was reminded that while the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8), trying to intimidate us….Jesus IS the Lion of the tribe of Judah…and when HE roars, everything is shaken! So what do we have to fear?
Ladies, WE are the daughters of the One True King….and as such, we share in His authority and power! Why don’t we live in that? Why do we allow ourselves to fall into the habit of living on the defensive….moaning and whining about every attack the enemy launches against us? It is time to stop playing defense, and it’s time to go on the offensive! We need to let go our victim mentality and claim the promises of God….and the victory He’s already won.
In Matthew 16:18, Jesus told His disciples, “…and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Read that again….slowly. First, you’ll notice that the Church (that’s us!) belongs to Jesus Christ. As does the battle. As does the victory. Secondly, Jesus uses the word “gates.” By definition, gates are defensive measures….which means the enemy is on the defensive, and we, the Church, are on the offensive. Too often we buy into Satan’s attempts to intimidate us. Sure, he is a powerful opponent….but our God fights for us! And when Jesus walked out of that tomb, He defeated every battle the enemy will ever bring to us!
I know, gf…..you don’t always feel powerful. Sometimes you feel overwhelmed and beat down, like things are out of your control. Well, they probably are. WE are no match for the enemy….but WE aren’t fighting the battle. GOD promises to fight for us….if we just let Him. Time and time again, we find this promise in His Word:
- “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)
- “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God Himself will fight for you.” (Deuteronomy 3:22)
- “But be assured today that the LORD your God is the One who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; He will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.” (Deuteronomy 9:3)
- “For the LORD your God is the One who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (Deuteronomy 20:4)
- “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemies before you, saying ‘Destroy them!'” (Deuteronomy 33:27)
- “…because the LORD your God fights for you, just as He promised.” (Joshua 23:10)
- “…This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s……Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you….Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'” (2 Chronicles 20:15-17)
- “…but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” (2 Chronicles 32:8)
- “Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.” (Psalm 35:1)
- “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life. You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes; with Your right hand You save me.” (Psalm 138:7)
- “But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” (Isaiah 52:12)
- “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 1:8)
We all have our own battles; seemingly-impossible people and things that come into our lives that we think we have to contend with. But what we need to remember is that the best thing – really the only thing – we can do in those “impossible” situations is pray. Prayer is the only way we can keep our attitude in check while the enemy is attacking. And while it may be emotionally and spiritually exhausting, God uses enemy attacks to increase our spiritual endurance. So thank God for whatever “impossible” circumstance you’re in….and ask Him to use it to galvanize your resolve, and deepen your faith in His faithfulness to fight for you.
I don’t think this is something we can just touch on for a day and then move on from….so I will be posting Morning Meditations every day this week in the Grace and Sass Women in Midlife Facebook Group. (If you haven’t joined, go do that right now!) I will ask a simple question or share a quick thought for you to meditate on through the day. Let’s really dig into this promise from God….that He will fight our battles for us. Let’s stop trying to live our lives in our own power; we have no power. But Jesus gave us the power of His Holy Spirit….and the assurance that we CAN overcome our enemy attack!
Father God….I surrender this week to You. I surrender all my “impossible” situations. I know You are Almighty God, and I claim Your promise to fight for me! Help me to stop thinking of myself as a victim. Instead, give me the spirit of a victor, armed with the full armor of God and the power of prayer. Remind me that I need only stand and watch You fight for me. I trust Your will, and I rest in Your faithfulness. May Your Name be glorified through me this week. In Jesus’ Name….amen.