“for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:4,5
I serve a big God, but do I live a little life?
Lord, I want to fulfill my ministry. I want to use the gifts You have given me and fulfill my calling. I want to stand before You and hear “well done”. I want to live for eternity and not for today. But I feel confused on what to do and where to start. You are not a God of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), so show me what is happening here.
Is this your heart’s cry as well?
So why all the confusion? Here is some insight into a scheme of the enemy (2 Corinthians 2:11) that has been a good reminder for me recently.
From the heart of God:
You feel confused because there is opposition to your calling that you must ignore.
You have a low “hum” of identity attack going on below the surface that you are not aware of. You are not doing this to yourself and you are not confused for no reason. Nor are you stuck there. Let Me uncover it so that you can hear. The “hum” won’t be silenced until you deal with it.
See it for the lie that it is and cast it into the sea of forgotten.
You can’t settle for it.
You can’t accept it as something that is normal and must be lived with.
You can’t agree with it and entertain it!
You agree with the enemy of your soul, and your soul retreats, shuts down, becomes cancerous and unconfident.
This is the root to your bold confidence problem. You AGREE with all the enemy’s identity attacks to shut you up. And you shut up. You oblige.
Replace the constant “hum” with My truth – what I say about you – and be free (John 8:31, 32)!
Ask the Lord if this could be at the root of any of your confusion today.
It will take some spiritual earplugs to silence the “hum” of continual attacks of the enemy against us and a leaning into the TRUTHS of God
who He is,
who He says we are in Him,
who He has called us to be,
and what He has called us to do.
Be dependent (John 15:5).
Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
Be holy in all your behavior (1 Peter 1:15).
In these days of warfare, “holiness and radical obedience will be your covering” (a phrase the Lord spoke to my heart years ago that He brings to mind often).
The time is now!
It’s time for some radical obedience out of our comfort zones and fears.
Hear the Word of the Lord and act on it (Matthew 7:24-25, James 1:22). Let us throw off the lies and “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…” (Hebrews 12:1, 2).
“The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high place [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!” Habakkuk 3:19
“On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3
Friends, we need to hear what God has to say about us and believe it. Know who you are by KNOWING WHO HE IS! Study (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16,17), know, believe His Word, and obey. Spend time in Scripture and in prayer, listening and believing what He says is true (write it down), and rise up in obedience.
Ask the Lord to show you where you are agreeing with the enemy’s lies and need to take those thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. (This may be hard because the lies feel true.) What does He say is true in place of those lies?
What is your “take action” step today?
(If you would like to read more in the context of that phrase “holiness and radical obedience” along with much needed repentance, click here.)