As this year is coming to a close, I find myself looking back through the memories and the emotions thinking: how did I pull through all of this? I’ve gotta tell you, the Devil has been having a heyday with me over the past 12 months. The sad part is, I can’t even blame him. I’ve been keeping that door open, letting him hang out. When that door is cracked open and you are allowing the line of communication between yourself and God to dwindle, of course the enemy is going to start talking. Listen, God doesn’t expect perfection from us (come on now, He made us) but for His sake (and yours), CLOSE THAT CRACKED DOOR! Take the seat right out from under the Devil and push him out! The enemy is always lingering; his disguises are plentiful, his words are believable, and his schemes are well thought out. 2018 has held many ups and downs that have left me with many opportunities to grow from the lies I believed and the hurdles I chose to jump. I’m grateful to say that even with my imperfections and just barely making it through, God has always made a way. I may have failed Him more often than not, but His love never fails. Looking back on this past year, I may be thinking what was the point of that?! but God has set everything in motion for a reason and yes, He even takes our mistakes into consideration. We all experience the trials and tribulations throughout this life; keep your eyes on God who makes all things possible and know that He is faithful.
Keeping my eyes on The One who knows my beginning and my end along with everything throughout the middle is what I have forgotten to maintain; that was my first mistake. Keeping the door cracked open for the Devil to hang out was the second. As much as I’m writing this for someone that God wants to reach, I’m writing this for myself. I strongly encourage you to remember God in the midst of your pain; He is ever present even in our mistakes. In the storm, cry out to God; keep your eyes focused on Him for He is the calm to every storm (Matthew 8:23-27). If you are beyond words, just say Jesus. There is power in His name.
The enemy will push every chance he gets. PUSH BACK in the name of Jesus Christ. God is with us. He is closer than we know. He feels our pain. He sees our tears. He is right there with us to comfort us, to wipe away our tears, to show us His love. We do not have to live in the chains of just barely making it through. Our freedom has already been won; God made a way for us through His Son, Jesus Christ, to bridge the gap that we created with our sins (John 1:14). It is time to close that door on the enemy, bring your mistakes and lay them down at the altar, lift your hands and receive God’s grace. Come as you are and leave just barely behind. God is waiting, arms wide open.
Dear God, I need you.
Not only do I need you in my life, I want you in my life.
I bring you all that I have and all that I am, laying it all at your feet.
Forgive me for my sins, the known and unknown that separates my heart from you. Soften my heart and help me to speak out with love.
Fill the emptiness within me with your Holy Spirit and make me whole.
Lord, help me to trust you and to understand that I will not know all of the why’s but to remember that you are in control. Wrap your loving arms around me and surround me with your favor as with a shield.
Thank you, God, for your unconditional love and unending grace.
In Your name, I pray – Amen.
If you are in a season of life that you are just barely making it through, I would like to pray for you. Please comment below with how I can pray for you or simply state Unspoken Prayer Request if you prefer not to divulge the details. Remember that you’re never alone. If there is something going on that myself or someone else can help you through with prayer, please let us know. Don’t just slap a smile on your face. Let the Devil know not today and shut that door!
With love in Christ,
Not Today – Hillsong United