“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” I John 4:4 NIV
My job is not that interesting to most people. I assess and collect evidence and display it to the “higher ups” who matter in hopes of making the case that our students are learning. If Jesus assessed me and collected evidence, would He be able to defend my case that I am living as a child of God? I was sitting in church the other day and the preacher said, “One can be a man in stature, but a baby in the spirit.” He went on to state that babies are nursed so that they can grow. He posed the question, “Are you nursing your spirit-man so that it can grow?” These statements were powerful to me because it made me assess myself. I often wonder if I am putting enough Word in me to be able withstand the blows of the enemy and my own battlefield within in my mind. If I am faced with faith shaking situations, how will I react? Will I speak the Word of God over my situation and command that it come into submission of God, or will I whimper and heed towards its cursor?
I’d like to think, if my children were ever harmed or became critically ill that I would be able to empower myself with the Word of God, standing on the promises that in Psalms 103, it states that “[God] is able to forgive all [my] iniquity, and heal all [my] diseases.” If I lose my job, am I able to remind myself that “My God will supply every need of mine, according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NIV If my marriage were to take an unexpected turn for the worse, would I truly stand on the promise that “What God has joined together, let no man separate.” Mark 10:9 NIV
I’ve learned that in order for me to be able to withstand the tricks of the enemy I have to pour the Word of God into my spirit. I have to read my Word and actually believe it. Does it make sense for me to say I believe the Word of God on my good days, yet break and crumble; forgetting His promises, when I have a bad one?
I’m reminded that the Bible states in Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Am I really able to walk the walk when push comes to shove? Do the words I recite and the meditation of my heart provide evidence that I am a believer, a bonafide follower of Christ? How can I know the author, if I don’t read His book?
Thank You for your Holy Spirit who convicts me and prompts me into self-assessments. As I find ways that I can better myself in You, it is my prayer that You guide me to the proper resources, that You open up the Words in Your Bible so that I am able to gain a deeper understanding of Your Word and that I may hide it in my heart so that I do not sin against You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Ladies, this is what goes on in my mind when I do a self-assessment. I EMPOWER you to do the same. I EMPOWER you to fill yourself with the Word of God so that you are able to lean and depend on His Word in times of trouble, confusion, uncertainty, and temptation. I do not have it “all together.” But I have sense enough to know who can “get me together” and that can only be achieved by me reading His Word.
Can you confidently say that you have the Word of the Lord hid in your heart? What technique do you use to commit scripture to memory and apply when needed?
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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. She resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are actively connected to St. Luke Christian Church of Huntsville, AL and Vaughn Forest Church of Montgomery, AL. Currently they are moving to Orange Beach, AL and are excited about the Lord leading them to a new church home.