Two weeks ago, my pastor asked us to try praying in the Spirit for 15 minutes every day for a week. I made up in my mind that I would pray in the Spirit as well as stay consistent with my devotion time. I prayed in the Spirit every day no matter how I felt and was consistent no matter the outcome. I was also experiencing some attacks and was convinced that it was because I was pressing in. My laptop, which my job gave me to use, caught a virus and I tried everything to remove it, but to no avail. My nephew got so sick that it worried me and at his birthday party, he wouldn’t play much and even fell asleep on his little guests.
It didn’t stop there. Last week, I also found myself angry, easily agitated and apologizing to my family for my anger and grouchiness. Along with my anger, I failed to read the Bible and spend quality time with the Lord some days as I had started out consistently doing. I didn’t like the way I felt and I didn’t like how I was treating God, my Father and Friend, the One who gave me life and salvation.
I was flabbergasted; I couldn’t understand why I was experiencing this. Then the Lord showed me the source of my anger and lack of spending time with Him. Someone had easily offended me Sunday and prior to, I had not been controlling my thoughts. I was entertaining that offense, lustful thoughts and consuming thoughts about my finances again. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
Overall, I was not guarding my heart and mind. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.(Proverbs 4:23 NIV) I had took my focus off of the Lord and put it on everything else, and I was feeling angry, disconnected from God and struggling to remain consistent with my devotion time. I felt disappointed in myself for letting myself fall off.
However, as I struggled to finish reading 2 Samuel this Saturday, I came across a scripture that spoke a word to me. I meditated on it and surely it was a word from the Lord.
And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. (2 Samuel 23:9-10 KJV)
Eleazar’s hand clung to that sword even though his hand was weary. The Holy Spirit immediately turned that light bulb on when I read that. I thought about the Armor of God and how the sword represents the Word of God. I realized then that the devil is trying to keep God’s children from having constant fellowship with God, praying and from reading and living the Word of God. I must cling to the Word of God even when I get weary, even when the attacks come, even when my patience has left the building, even when I want to give up. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
If I cling to His Word and guard my heart and mind, God would get the glory and lead me to another victory! Surely if God and His Word can sustain Eleazar and his wearied hand, He can sustain me and you. My nephew is well; I caught a sale on laptops and was able to buy a touch screen one with Microsoft Office for $299. I am no longer angry and I repented for being easily offended. I also do not feel disconnected from God anymore and have been refreshed in my time with God. Thank God for His Word!
I thank You for bringing strength, grace and encouragement when I get weary. Thank You for Your Word, which is alive and active, a double-edged sword! Thank You for preparing my hands for battle and leading me to victory every time! You are glorious and majestic, and I serve a mighty God! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to guard your hearts and minds. Fix your eyes upon Jesus, and trust God and His Word to defend you and sustain you. Be encouraged!
Share your testimonies of how clinging to God’s Word led you to a particular victory.
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”