Keepers of The Home
Last week we discussed the five D’s Satan often uses to bring us down— distraction, discouragement, diminishing, deception and doubt. The enemy can begin to gnaw at our marriage and parenting in these areas if we allow him. So how can we overcome the lies of the enemy and find victory? A few weeks ago I wrote on maintaining our home and how I am a firm believer of keeping things tidy around the house instead of letting them get out of control and overwhelming us. In that article I shared how the Lord was showing me that our spiritual walk with Him is much the same, we must keep up on spiritual disciplines, or our walk with Christ will become messy and out of control, making it harder to find our way back to walking in a place of victory.
During my weekend away at this ladies retreat one woman shared her testimony. The one point she kept stressing was how important it has been for her to have her time in the morning with the Lord, praying always that she would walk out that day with the mind of Christ. That struck me and I began to realize that my time in the scripture with the kids each day was not cutting it for nourishing my personal walk with the Lord. I needed that time I had let go of long ago, thinking that I could just combine my devotions with the kids. I am finding however, that there are personal questions, doubts and fears I really need to be dousing in the word of God regularly, before my day begins so that I can walk in truth.
There was a pair of speakers that shared that weekend some other great truths I think are pertinent in the fight against our enemy. The one girl shared about how God always spoke to her in parables. She lives on a farm with her husband and shared about how they plow the fields each year to keep the dirt broken up in order for the seeds to be able to reach water and nutrients. Every few years, however, they must use a tool called a deep ripper that goes even further than the regular plow. This tool is needed in order to help the plants continue to grow healthy and strong and to enable their roots to go even further. She likened this to our walk with God and how every once in a while, knowing our need for more nutrients and deeper water, the Lord will break up the ground in our lives so that we can reach that goal. This parable really showed me the love of our Father and how He uses the hard times in our lives to root us deeper in Him.
She also spoke of making an anthem based off of God’s word in hard seasons of our lives. Her friend who spoke with her had shared about the recent loss of her mother and how through that hard time she would repeat over and over to herself, “I believe in you God, and I trust you.” Speaking this continually helped dispel the doubt and fear trying to creep into her life, and though that season was excruciating, that anthem along with reading Psalm 119 kept her.
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Verse 71 says.
She shared that during these hard times her and her sister in Christ would often encourage one another by saying “None of this feels sexy, but it’s sacred.” I fell in love with that saying. Sexy things are an illusion, they eventually fade. But when we sow into our eternal souls, that work is lasting and sacred before God.
These two friends had been ministering together like this for the last ten years and recently came under attack. People who had been close to them began to back bite and tear them down. They did this on social media and as they came under attack they felt strongly from the Lord to remain silent and not to defend themselves. It was a very hurtful time in their lives, seeing the utter depravity of a group of believers who are supposed to love and build up one another. Throughout this time their anthem became, “His ways are higher, not backwards.” In a world where dog eats dog and anything goes, we as God’s people have a higher calling which oftentimes looks like defeat.
I pray that you can consider these ideas for yourself and see if you may be in need of making more personal time with you and the Lord, where He will be able to speak an anthem over your life for the season you are in to carry you through. May God’s grace be with you and may He preserve you until the day of His coming so that you may stand before Him boldly and unashamed.