Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I Will Never Allow Satan To Silence Me

As Christians, satan would love to silence our voice.  I've experienced first-hand one way satan works to keep us bound and gagged so we will back away from the things we are hoping to accomplish for the Lord.  He loves to constantly remind us of our past failures and shortcomings.  

For me, my sense of humor and big mouth are often at the  root of my "shortcomings".  How often do I blurt out something in jest before I realize exactly how it's going to sound? I have gotten carried away with laughing to the point where I laugh about things that I ought not to be laughing at.
  Afterwards, satan dauntingly whispers to me, "Now, go and write another post so that person who heard you laugh about that can read it and think you're a big hypocrite." 
The devil is a liar!
Satan is adept at exploiting and magnifying any situation that will further his plans to
 destroying our testimony,
 our hope,
 and our motivation.
He, the father of lies, wants to deceive us into believing our shortcomings warrant us as unworthy of using our gifts to minister to others.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not excusing any wrong doing.  There must be genuine repentance.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36
 Satan uses the weapons of intimidation and guilt to stop us in our tracks.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17
Wow! satan can not alter God's truths!
  What a marvelous heritage I have! 

What if Peter, after denying he even knew Jesus three times, let his past failure and guilt stop him from continuing on?

I thank God for His mercy and patience.  With the Lord's help, I am desperately seeking holiness.
Therefore, I will continue to write what I feel God places on my heart.  I humbly appreciate the comments I have received from so many of my readers.  It feels great to be a help or to hear that someone received a blessing through one of my posts. 

“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.”psalm 96:3

This is the insight I received after feeling a Spiritual blockage of some sort.  The enemy was quick to throw my shortcomings up in my face to silence me. I couldn't write, I wasn't in my Bible as I should have been, and I wasn't praying like I ought to.  All this because satan knew exactly when to throw a wrench in between the millstones.  I didn't recognize his attack at first.  Evidently, I had gotten to a place where I thought it was safe to remove some of my spiritual armor and plop down for a rest. 
Wrong!
As I was thinking on these things, the Lord quickly revealed to me that this is dangerous ground.  It was not a safe time to rest, and it especially wasn't the time to loosen spiritual armor desperately needed for spiritual warfare.  
The Lord reminded me of  how Joshua's army was defeated at Ai.   Just a few days before the battle at Ai, Joshua was the triumphant conqueror, and the mighty city of Jericho lay in ruins.  However, his army was defeated and humiliated at Ai.  Why? 
First of all, they did not seek God that day. 
As Joshua, I can not afford to get lax in my prayer life.  As I said, God was bringing all this to mind.  I love how He guides and teaches me when I ask Him to show me whats wrong.  There is a spiritual war going on today and the battles are heated like never before.  I have to daily seek the Lord for direction.  I must be in a direct line of communication with Him throughout the day to obtain strategic battle plans.
I can afford to rest on this battlefield. 
Second, there was sin in the camp. Israel had sinned and God would not bless them until the sin was dealt with. Here's where the genuine repentance I mentioned above comes in.  None of us are perfect.  That doesn't mean it's okay to continually practice sin without remorse, but we all have sinned.  Neither do we try to hide our sin.  No matter how "small" we think a sin is, such as what I mentioned above about idle words, jesting, and laughing inappropriately, all sin causes separation from God.  The battle strategy here is to be filled with the Spirit and fully clothed in our spiritual armor.  The Spirit will guide us to all understanding.  Therefore, our hearts will be pricked to repentance when we sin. The Spirit living within us leads us into holiness. 
We should all desire this beauty of holiness.
Satan wants to discourage us, silence us, and ultimately defeat us.  He wants to get us to a place where we let our guard down. He wants us to doubt who we are in Christ. He wants to magnify our shortcomings in our mind until they become huge obstacles of unworthiness.  He wants us to feel the burden of sin, the guilt, and the shame.
He wants us to feel as if we are still clothed in filthy garments instead of robes of righteousness.   
The devil is a liar!
I may not be perfect, but I am an heir to Royalty!
I may not be perfect, but I am clothed in Righteousness!
I may not be perfect, but the Spirit of the one true God lives inside of me!
I may not be perfect, but my soul shall make her boast in the Lord!
I may not be perfect, but God upholds me with the right hand of His righteousness!
I may not be perfect, but God is faithful!
I may not be perfect, but I can mount up with wings as eagles. 
I may not be perfect, but God gave Himself for me.
I may not be perfect, but nothing is able to separate me from the love of God.
I may not be perfect, but His grace is sufficient.
I may not be perfect, but He has begun a good work in me.
I may not be perfect, but I am fearfully and wonderfully made!
I may not be perfect, but I am created in Christ Jesus for good works!
I may not be perfect, but I have eternal life!
I may not be perfect, but He has gone to prepare a place for me!
I may not be perfect, but my cup overflows!
I may not be perfect, but victory is mine!
I may not be perfect, but the Lord fights for me!
I may not be perfect, but God girds me with strength and makes my way blameless!
I may not be perfect, but the Lord joys over me with singing.
I may not be perfect, but I will NEVER allow satan to silence me from speaking about my Lord!
His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot!

3 comments:

  1. Wonderful words, my friend! I am so thankful you have overcome by the word of your testimony and the blood of the Lamb. God is using you, and satan sees you as a threat. This is why he is fighting you so hard. Keep the faith, and continue to fight the good fight. God is with you, my friend. Love and appreciate you so much!

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  2. The problem is Satan is a cunning liar. He knows right where to hit our hearts and spin that web of spiritual blockage. I am so grateful, as you said for the Lord's mercy and patience. He knows we are sinners and still loves us anyway. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday this week. Hope to see you link up again this Sunday :)

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  3. Oh it hurts to be reminded of words spoken in jest that could certainly be offensive. The Lord has been showing me that words flippantly spoken can also grieve the Holy Spirit. May we repent in serious measure and set a watch before our lips. I am so thankful for the garment of His Righteousness that he places over us and His protection. May we always recognize the thoughts our enemy sends our way and instead of believing them, rise up in faith and make our declaration who we truly are. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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