Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The devil made me do it

Aaah. . .summer is over. Chilly mornings have been waking me up. . .the neighbor kids are back in school. . .we have started our homeschool year, and there is, once again, peace on the homefront. Sweet peace. . .

. . .Except for the spiritual wars going on inside me, of course.

I have many wars in many areas of my life that I need to "give to God." What does that even mean? I've said it over and over, even weeping at times. . ."God, I surrender. This is yours. Please take this burden from me." And I wait. . . Nope. Nothing seems different.

Darn Satan! If he'd just leave me alone, I wouldn't have these problems! Right? Yeah. . .no.

To quote one of my favorite songs (that you can hear on my playlist to the left, if you'd like) by Sara Groves, "Generations":
To say that the devil made me do it is a copout and a lie
The devil can't make me do anything when I'm calling on Jesus Christ!
It's not the devil's doin', although he is constantly poking at me. The Bible tells us that we have authority over him. (So in the name of Jesus, get behind me, Satan!!!!!)

It's not that God doesn't want to take my burdens from me. It's that I take my eyes off of Him. It's like Peter in the boat. Peter told Jesus, "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water." Jesus simply replied, "Come." Peter walked on the water, but as soon as he took his eyes off of Jesus and let fear creep in, he began to sink.

It seems so simple, yet, the distractions of this life draw our eyes elsewhere, in the opposite direction of God. I have been praying for focus. . .focus on Him. And He has answered. I suspect He's always answered me in one way or another. I've just made the foolish mistake many times in the past of asking and then just expecting all to be well. This time I have asked, believed and kept my eyes on Him. The peace and comfort and power and freedom I'm feeling are immense. And this, I believe, is what He wants for me.

I hope and pray the same for you. (Really! I just prayed for you!) :)


He & Me + 3 said...

Amen...gotta keep my eyes on Him at all times. Stay focused on Him and His plan for my life.

TAMI said...

And the fruit bears witness!
Matthew 6:33

Julie said...

Beautiful post.. I concur... In fact I just wrote about this on my blog a few days back... "It's All Him"... It's hard sometimes not to see the things surrounding us that feel so overwhelming.... But it's really true.. when we look at the circumstances... we take our eyes off of Him.. So very true.

Loved your heart shared here....

BTW... we started home school yesterday.. It's my 18th year...

Martha said...

WOW! How inspiring, I am so glad I read this today. Thank you for using your experience to help others, you rock chica!!

If you find that the devil is trying to attack you in constant spiritual attacks... well then, consider it a compliment because that means you're a huge threat to that pesky devil!! <3

~*Michelle*~ said...

Coming in late, but totally agree with Martha. The enemy doesn't waste time with people who are unproductive for The Kingdom.

Keep fighting the fight, keep that armor of God on!