“For When You Feel Attacked.”
For a full description of what The Pour section is, check out Day 1’s post of this series.
We’re going to pour out all the random thoughts that just won’t stop – All the stuff floating around in your head at this moment, “pour it out,” at God’s feet. This could include everything from the grocery list to those deep needs and prayers in your heart.
This has been on my mind and heart, please take it: (and then list it all out)”
Now, with a clear mind finish the prayer with:
“And now help me to hear Your message for my heart today.”
Jesus calls Himself, “the good shepherd,” as a metaphor to explain just how much He cares for us, being willing to sacrifice His own life for us. He would also leave all the other sheep just to come and chase after us, one lonely sheep. In today’s verse, we hear more from this same lesson that Jesus gave.
“10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
What’s the point for YOU?:
- What word or phrase from this verse popped out to you?
Read the verse a second time and answer:
- What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
Watching a pac-man cartoon with my oldest son one afternoon I couldn’t help but notice that the description of this “fallen ghost,” who used to be good and was now evil, was very similar to the story of Satan, the fallen angel.
Not really sure what my point was I actually shared that with JB, “Oh that sounds like the story of the devil,”
“Yeah, the devil was an angel who became bad,” was his response. Amazed I asked him where he learned that, and he said, “Grandaddy taught me!”
We sat there a while longer, talking about random things as we watched pac-man. (The fact that my child is become THAT person who talks you through the show/movie is really beginning to bug me, but I went with it this afternoon … mainly because I couldn’t care less about pac-man)
Anyways, the conversation turned to the words “stupid,” and “hate.” We talked about how strong of words these were and how it’s best not to use them (especially at his young age).
He said, ‘You know what, I bet you the devil made up those words to trick us into using them to be mean and hurt people.”
He had no clue how enormously profound his words were … or did he?
I was immediately struck with how easy things are for kids to accept. They are not hardened yet to life, experiences have yet to leave them jaded, angry or hurt.
Accepting that God loves us and is purely good, is easy for them.
And, realizing that all evil and hatred in our world today stems from one source, is also easy for them to simply accept and understand.
Now I do not consider myself a “super Christian,” the ones who often talk about the devil and God’s angels, and honestly (as an adult with plenty of tough life experiences) I struggle to simply accept things as my son does.
But, over my years, I have come to see Satan at work against me in HUGE ways … especially, ESPECIALLY … when I try to draw near to God.
When I make a move to hear God’s Word, to cling to Him, to turn something around in my life .. make new strides in my relationship with Him – here comes Satan, armed and ready to attack.
He is that voice on repeat in your head that tells you that you’re not enough. He is the comparison trap you get stuck in as you scroll through instagram.
He wants to destroy your marriage, friendships, and, again, more than anything … he wants to keep you away from God and the life that HE has waiting for you.
The good news is, God already won the battle over Satan.
He lost and continues to lose over and over, but he’s just NOT going down without a fight.
So that’s where we are called to arm ourselves with Jesus’ truth and tell Satan where to go.
If you have time search for the scene from the movie, “War Room,” where Priscilla Schirer, playing Elizabeth, goes out on her porch and tells Satan to go back to hell where he belongs … it may sound corny, but it’s really not!
Just remember, Satan has no real control over you – he’ll try, he’ll do things to cause you to question God, to doubt yourself, to hurt you as best he can … but since you have the Holy Spirit dwelling within your heart, you can tap into His power and, as Elizabeth says, put Satan back in hell where he belongs.
To help us transition from quiet time, back into “real life,” taking both what we’ve learned, and the peace we just received, throughout the rest of our day …
We’re going to list out our small blessings from the past 24 hours, and an affirmation about yourself, life, or day.
Here we go:
List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.
*Noticing the small blessings, really opens our eyes to just how blessed we are, AND to the fact that God is always with us.
List things such as: the dog actually came back in when I called, my coffee was especially delicious this morning, my husband gave me a hug out of nowhere, or my child had a good report at school.
List positive affirmations about yourself/life:
Here, I want you to list things such as, “I will be present or happy or joyful.” “I AM worth it.” “I am IN CONTROL of ___ situation.”
OR, if you’ve got BIG goals list those with determination. “I WILL run today, to train for that 5K.” “I WILL finish that project.” etc.
**List those out now, and then go on with your day affirmed, and determined.