Whoa. When I read what Stasi and John shared in the “Relational Attacks” section, my mind flooded with past situations with roommates, boyfriends, family members, and friends where the Spirit of Accusation applied. I bottle things inside of me. I let those negative feelings fester, and I dwell on the situation at hand. How dare she not take out the trash after I’ve done it the past five times! If he really cared about me, why would he have said those things? He said, she said…the situations play on. This Spirit of Accusation doesn’t just occupy our heads. It occupies our hearts. As the prophet Jeremiah reminds us, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9). Many times, what we harbor in our hearts are lies and evil. But there is freedom in Christ. There is freedom in prayer.
Do you believe that there is a spiritual war that rages around us? Even when you sit alone in your room, supposedly secure from all physical danger, the war ensues. But we have no reason to fear; we have power in Christ. So no matter what she didn’t do or what he said, God has given us power over those evil thoughts and negative feelings. This chapter really brought to light the power of prayer. When we call on His name, He is faithful to deliver us.
I’m ashamed to say that my first reaction to unhappy situations is not always prayer. I usually let my feelings overwhelm me until I have time to “cool down.” This chapter has challenged me though. The next time a situation arises, I want to take a step back, denounce the evil that is at work, ask for the Lord to take the situation and help me see how He wants me to handle it. Just as Jesus was tempted in the desert, we, too, are tested in our faith daily. Satan knows our weaknesses, but we are not to give him a foothold. Let’s take the power that is already ours in His name and use it! I love the quote from our authors on page 196:
“Christianity is not a passive religion.”
We know that oftentimes the Lord will allow hardships so that we may grow in our trust and faith in Him. Even Paul speaks of a “thorn” that tormented him:
“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
Ladies, God is so good! He will never give us more than we can handle. Do you believe that?
Do you also believe that we are warriors in Christ? We have His strength to sustain us when we feel we can’t take another step, another breath, another disappointment, another insult, another negative feeling. He is with us always, and His power is available to us through our communication with Him. Talk to Him, share with Him, rest in His presence and in His control over things that may seem uncontrollable. Nothing is too much to handle for our God.
Father, thank You for who You are and for offering Your power and Your strength to us. In Your Name, I pray that we take hold of that power daily. Lord, as situations arise to test our faith, that we will stand firm in the knowledge of Your presence and protection. Let us be warriors for You. Thank You for Your strength that sustains us through the everyday battle called “life.”
Is there a situation in your life that you need to turn to God? Do that today. In love, work to reconcile relationships, and know that you have power in Christ to do all things.