Monday, August 12, 2013

The Battle Is Real

I absolutely don't understand God's timing.  

Sometimes that really frustrates me.  But the thing is, it's not my place to understand it.  I'm not supposed to worry about the "when" and "where" and "why" and "how".  I'm supposed to trust Him and have faith in Him... always easier said than done, I know!

Lately, I've found myself allowing that very frustration to completely overwhelm me, consume me, steal my joy, and lead me right back into emotional eating.  I'm back where I don't want to be.  I've felt trapped, defeated, and - I hate to admit it - I've felt hopeless in certain areas.  But you know what?  Those lies were whispered into my ear by the enemy.  Of course he wants me to give up on my dreams!  He doesn't want me to continue pursuing them because it would result in me growing closer to God and making a bigger impact for His Kingdom!  

It's the same for your life.  Satan wants nothing more than to keep you "content" with being a lazy slave to food or pleasantly miserable in your day job.  He wants you to talk yourself into believing that everything's fine the way it is, that being overweight with health issues isn't really a big deal.  He wants you to spend every day barely keeping your head above water as you're running to commitments, spending less quality time with your friends, your family, and God.  He wants you to believe the lie that your dreams will always remain dreams.  DON'T BELIEVE THAT!

The battle is real.  

Satan wants to keep you right where you are, but God wants to help you live the fulfilled life of your dreams! I never doubt that God is with me.  I never doubt that He's in control of everything.  I know He hears me... every word, both good and bad.  Sometimes I wonder why things aren't moving at my pace, but I believe He knows what's best for me. 

I will never give up on my dreams!  I will not believe Satan's lies.  I won't allow him to keep me unhappy and unfruitful.  God gave me this life to live and I WILL LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST!

Proverbs 3:5-12
(The Message translation)

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.  Don’t assume that you know it all.  Run to God!  Run from evil!  Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!  Honor God with everything you own; give Him the first and the best.  Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.  But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under His loving correction.  It’s the child He loves that God corrects; a Father’s delight is behind all this."

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