Faith, Guest Post, Trust, Worth, Your Walk With God

Does God Love Me When He’s Distant? {Guest Post by Bethany}

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“Could God really love me enough to die for me? I’m so unworthy.”

I was sixteen years old and acutely aware of my own sinfulness. I’d grown up knowing that I was a sinner saved by grace, but somehow that year I wondered.

How could God possibly love me? How could He want to die for me?

As I battled the growing doubts, more troubles arrived—my body had been frail for a few years, but suddenly the undiagnosed Lyme disease started to wreak havoc in every area of my life and countless bodily systems.

I felt my world crumbling, and at the very time I needed God most, He felt distant. I didn’t know if it was His own choice or my doubt separating us, but one thing I knew: I was desperate to reach Him.

I didn’t know it then, but my desperation for God showed just how much I missed Him. It was a good thing, knowing that I couldn’t handle the separation any longer.

When God Feels Distant

Dear heart, I don’t know why God allows seasons of distance. I do know that if you’re experiencing distance, it doesn’t brand you as a bad Christian. An overwhelming majority of the Psalms were written by a man who felt God had rejected him. Sometimes it was because of his sin, sometimes he had no idea why the God he loved was no longer near.

In those seasons, crying out to God is sometimes our last desire. But perhaps the dry seasons are there to remind us how much we need God.

Before I doubted my worth to God, I had just taken His love for granted.

When the wall grew between us. I pounded and screamed and couldn’t hear His response. Was He ignoring me?

When our emotions are crazy or numbed by depression, we can’t always feel God’s nearness.

I certainly couldn’t. But during that season, I learned to depend on the truth of His love, rather than my emotions.

Loved And Worthy-In Him

Of course I was unworthy. But I had let my own self-image penetrate my thoughts. I began to believe that God must reject me just as I was rejecting myself.

Slowly, God taught me truths about who I was in Him.

He showed me that even if I were to reach my own ideal of perfection, it wouldn’t sanctify me enough for Heaven.

I needed to stop looking for righteousness in myself. I could never attain holiness on my own. The Bible says,

For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” Romans 3:22a-25b

Once you acknowledge your brokenness, there is no need to remain there. 1 John 1:9 tells us,

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Yes, I was indeed flawed beyond what I could repair. But God had redeemed me! I didn’t need to wallow in my past guilt or even my present mistakes.

Because of Christ, God has wiped away our sin.

And I didn’t need to worry about God loving my unworthiness again. God had died for me while I was yet a sinner. (Romans 5:8) And if God had given His own son for me, I could trust His sovereignty over my life. (Romans 8:32)

Trusting God

When God feels distant, silent, or far away, He wants us to learn to trust Him.

Trust He still loves you no matter your sin, struggle, or scars, because of Christ.

Trust God’s wisdom. He really does know best. Your life is in good hands. He has you.

Trust His plan. We need to relinquish our dreams for our life and trust that no matter the trials, God’s love lasts. There will be heartbreak and pain, but suffering is His tool to shape our hearts and share His goodness to the world.

Trust God’s strength. You can come to Him for rescue. When sin grips you, you don’t have to succumb.

Trust His redemption. If you have accepted His salvation, He truly has forgiven you of all your sins. You don’t have to be perfect on your own.

Trust God’s word. He has given you everything you need for godliness. Don’t hide from Scripture. It contains hard truths and honest teaching, but it is life to your soul.

Come to your Father when He feels distant. Is your heart cold? Does your conscience continually berate you? Have you sinned?

God may feel distant, but He has not forsaken you.

He cannot forsake one who is truly His, who truly obeys Him with their heart. Jesus was forsaken for you. He was crushed for me. The wrath we deserved was already poured out.

I know it is hard, darling. But the suffering comes out of the loving heart of the Father who gave up His son for you. He has led you to this painful place. You’re not required to minimize the pain, but rather allow God to bear it for you.

If you have been walking in sin, perhaps He is drawing you back to Him. Maybe He desires you to release props—friends, financial security, health—and depend only on Him. Perhaps He is reaching a lost soul through your humble acceptance of the trial.

Whatever wilderness we roam, God loves us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:1-2)

His distance is only a mirage, for He is simply showing you a new angle of His presence-the one that asks you to cling to His love alone.

Lean on Him hard, pray with all your might, and someday soon you will again feel His nearness. And you will know that His love for you never wavered.

The name Bethany means “bright city on a hill.” Bethany hopes her writing becomes just that—words of hope and beauty a bright gathering place and words of longing a signpost to Heaven’s future glories. Her calling dawned gradually as she fought chronic illness. Struggling to see the glitter in the gloomy March landscape, she found lacing words together to form a coherent meaning exhilarating. Lately she holes up to write stories, poems, and articles, or study storycraft. She write about the beauty and hope and hardship of suffering at https://wildrosejournal.com/

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Culture, Guest Post, Trust

People Will Let You Down…But God Will Not {Guest Post by Rebekah}

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In this life, it’s easy to put our trust in worldly things like…

Friends…

Money…

Possessions…

Talents…

Family…

Boyfriends/girlfriends…

But what happens when these things let you down?

It’s Dangerous to Put Our Trust in Earthly Things

The Bible makes it very clear that we are supposed to put our trust in the Lord and not into worldly possessions or people. People and materialistic things will let you down, notice that I didn’t say people and things might let you down, I said that they will let you down. Humans aren’t perfect! Let’s face it we all fall short of being 100% trustworthy.

Scripture says to never fully put our trust in man/possessions because if we do we will be in for disappointment and frustration. The Bible says to love others, to put them above us, and to put our full trust in the Lord.

God Is Trust Worthy

God never lies, He never laughs at our pain, He doesn’t talk about us behind our back, and He never is disinterested in us. Instead, He is fiercely loyal, and promises to always be there for us. Loyalty is a part of God’s character. He is for us not against us.

People Are Not So Trustworthy

Unlike God, people lie, people laugh at us, and people talk about us behind our backs. They get disinterested and tired of our problems, they are not loyal, and will not always be there for us when we really need them to be. In other words, people let us down.

Put Your Trust In God, Not In People

God is the only one who will always be there for us. He is the only one who will never let us down. When we are tired, He gives us strength. When we are sad, He comforts us. When the things of this world let you down, whether it’s your boyfriend/girlfriend or even your family, know that God is always there for you 24/7. Turn to Him, trust in Him, and surrender your heart to Him, because He will never let you down.

Do not trust a neighbor;
put no confidence in a friend.
Even with the woman who lies in your embrace
guard the words of your lips.”

Micah 7:5

Rebekah is a 15-year-old blogger, who is madly in love with her Savior, Jesus Christ. She is a staff writer and author for Top Christian Books, and is a regular contributor for various sites. She hopes that what she writes encourages and inspires you to walk the narrow road. She blogs at The Narrow Road for Teens

Let Your Light Shine

3 Ways to Let Your Little Light Shine in a Big World

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I switched on the light of the flashlight that I held in my hand and smiled as it lit up the dark night around me immediately. Suddenly, everything around me was clear. I knew I wouldn’t trip over my siblings’ toys or that pesky wheelbarrow when I was holding that bright light.

But looking around as I walked through the grass to the shed, I noticed how much of the darkness that my light didn’t touch. Even though the flashlight I held gave off a strong and powerful beam, it barely lit up any of the inky darkness surrounding me.

Sometimes, we feel like this in real life. We’re all little lights shining for Jesus, but in a giant world of darkness, we can feel quite small. In a country where darkness is the norm, our lights can be trampled down and distinguished.

As teenage girls trying to shine in the world, it can be especially hard. How do we make our lights brighter to reach more people when the world is trying to persuade us to shut off our lights and join in their blind race through darkness? Here are 4 different ways just for you.

10 Little Lights = 1 Big Light

Community matters in Christianity, because we may feel small being one little light, but when a bunch of lights join together it can create one big beam.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.Hebrews 10: 24-25

As we fellowship with each other and work together to shine even brighter, we’ll also be helping each other and spurring each other on to go into the world and do good works. It’s like a win win. A double whammy. A… well, I think you get the point. 😉

Dare to Be Different

One way to let our lights shine in the world is to dare to be different than the rest of the sinful world. How? By choosing not to go to that party everyone else is, by choosing not to post seductive selfies on Instagram for attention, or by choosing not to do the things everyone else is doing to fit in with the world.

We should dare to be different and shine for Jesus and for Jesus alone. If we try to shine for the world, we’ll only come out dim. Jesus makes us brighter.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7

Don’t Let Satan Blow It Out

Remember that song we all sang in Sunday School and AWANA so many times, This Little Light of Mine? The second verse goes…

Don’t let Satan blow it out,
I’m gonna let it shine

Satan will try as hard as he can to blow our lights out, but we’re going to let them shine (more on how to kick the devil’s butt here). By beating Satan down and lifting our lights out of his reach, we’re becoming brighter for the world to see.

 

Have a wonderful day, girls! And don’t forget to let your lights shine. 🙂

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Faith, Guest Post, My Testimony, Trust

From the Pen of a Little Christian {Guest Post by Ally}

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I have been going to church for a very long time. It wasn’t, at first, that I pleaded to, but it was a matter of routine – this happened every Sunday.

I didn’t pray regularly, yet I would demurely sit up and clasp my hands together every time I heard the words, “Our Father Who art in Heaven…”.

Prayer has influenced various parts and generations of my family; my maternal side believes in saints and religious politics and reading of the Bible. My paternal side had very instinctive beliefs when it came to prayer and they involved themselves in the habit of daily Bible reading and long prayers.

But it wasn’t until tragedy struck that I started the journey of Christianity.

Three years ago, my grandfather acquired jaundice and that turned out to be a cancerous tumor. During these times, my grandfather had close priests and steadfast Christians visit him. He was a great human being with the utmost humility and it’s very unfortunate that we had to lose him so soon.

My mother told me on his last day, he actually got up from his bed and hugged all his visitors. That’s why my grandfather was my legendary role-model and is my Christian soldier. After this, I relied on the mighty Power of Jesus, my Savior.

I was a nervous wreck just a few months into my teenage and was utterly lost. I was in a dark and scary forest with no light to guide me. Then I put on the Sign of the Holy Cross, and His light shone, bright and beaming, helping me see what I should do and where I should go; so I followed Him.

Sure, I bump into trees sometimes. I get scared and jump into a seemingly safe pit. But, when I believe that He’s always there to guide me, hold my unworthy hand and tell me that it’s going to be okay…guess what? It turns out okay.

And that’s the power of being faithful to Him.

Ally is a teenage blogger who has an obsession with books, particularly fiction. She is a dedicated Christian who wants to write a post about the One True King but has never been inspired. Yet, she lives in the faith that she will do so, when the Time is Right. Coming across the YLFC blog, she was struck by the longing to ride along with the others in their journey to be better Christians and voila…here she is!

Your Walk With God

Keeping Everything Organized, and How that Helps our Spiritual Life

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Hi everyone! Long time no see right? Well, let’s dive right into today’s topic.

Recently I made a change in my life. That change is keeping everything organized in my life (surprise, surprise!). This means, keeping my room clean, and I mean really clean. Not just stuffing everything that is on the floor into my closet. It also means keeping my desk clean, keeping my schedule organized (knowing what’s coming up ahead), and paying more attention to my schoolwork.

Now I know that this sounds intimidating, but it really isn’t. I have found that I feel so much better after I have done all this! There seems to be more room to breathe.

Now, all these things I have listed are all good in themselves, but how does it relate to my spiritual life? Well, I’m about to tell you. Now that you have everything under control, what’s stopping you from spending more time with God? Nothing!

So often we use the excuse, “I’m too busy.” Well not anymore! Also, we pray to God about our troubles a lot, and that’s good, but saying to God, “Please help me get an A on my test tomorrow,” without studying isn’t going to magically get you an A. Sure, prayer works, but God expects you to work hard on your responsibilities, and He will reward you if you do.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do. It’s not just certain important things in your life, it’s whatever you do. Do every little small thing to the best of your ability for God, and you will be richly rewarded.

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Fruits of the Spirit, Kindness

The Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness

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Hey ladies! So, back to our little series on the Fruit of the Spirit! Today, as you can see from the title of this post, we will be talking about kindness.

Definition of KINDNESS: The state or quality of being kind; friendly feeling of liking

Kindness is important because 1) it can be so encouraging. Seriously, one kind word to a person can really change their mood, or how they are feeling. It can make such a huge difference to those who really feel discouraged and lonely. And 2) it really reflects Jesus’s love for us, because he was always kind and compassionate.

Believe me, I know how hard this can be. I have four siblings that are all younger than I am, and they constantly frustrate me, and give me the “seriously, you had to do that?” feeling. Some days, I really feel like grunting back at them in answer when they ask me a question, or way overreacting when they do something that annoys me. It’s so hard to want to be kind.

Here’s a verse about kindness:

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.– Ephesians 4:31-32

Again, it is can be so hard to be kind and compassionate! But, we need to be kind, especially when we consider how Christ was kind and compassionate to us! He laid down His life so that we could have eternal life with Him!

Here are a few ways we can be kind to others:

  • Don’t yell at people when they annoy you, or be mean back (I have a lot of siblings, and the ones closest to my age are all boys, so I know how hard this can be! It’s something I really need to work on)
  • Clean up the kitchen after dinner for your mom
  • Bring some cookies to someone you know isn’t feeling well, or someone who is down in the dumps, just plain sad.

Have a wonderful day!

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Faith, Guest Post, List

21 Things I’ve Learned in 21 Years {Guest Post by Isabella Morganthal}

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When I was fourteen, I thought I had my whole life figured out. I mean, life couldn’t be that complicated. And seriously, those orange patterned pants with the orange tank top I wore all summer were totally the “in” thing at the time.

But I was wrong. I didn’t have anything figured out and life was so much more complicated than I thought it would be.

I am now twenty-one years old and over these last twenty-one years of my life I have learned a lot. Of course, I don’t claim to know it all and I certainly don’t have life figured out. (But thankfully, my fashion taste has matured a lot since then. Can I get an amen?)

So here is a simple list of 21 things that I have learned in the last 21 years of my life. Not all of these lessons were easy…most of them still aren’t. But I’m learning and I’m growing. And I hope by reading this that you’ll learn and grow along with me.

Disappointment is inevitable. Don’t let it stop you from dreaming anyway. The greatest gift I would ever receive was the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Every year I learn more about what it means to embrace this matchless, life-giving gift.

Everything that God does is good. Not easy. Good.

Don’t worry about what people think of you. Their opinion really doesn’t matter in the end. If you want to dance and sing in the grocery store produce aisle, go for it. (Coming from the almost twenty-one year old who did this yesterday.)

Life really is short. Dance in the rain (I like to dance, can you tell?). Take a drive just to roll the windows down and feel the wind in your face. Watch the sunset.

Life is also crazy busy. I’ve learned this so much as the years go by. Don’t get so caught up in the crazy that you miss the moments you love.

There’s a 98% chance your mom was right.

Don’t complain about work or chores. This past year I have battled chronic illness intensely. I have learned to appreciate the good health days. Especially the days where I have the energy to go to work or clean the house.

Your siblings are going to be your best friends. Yeah, they’re going to annoy you. And yes, they’re most likely going to make you very angry on occasion. But they really can be the best friends you’ve ever had.

Pray “Thy will be done” every day. This prayer has broken my heart and if I’m honest, I’d say it could break your heart too. When Jesus prayed it, He was so upset He sweat blood. It’s not easy, but it’s going to be good.

Jesus weeps through the pain with you (John 11:34-35). This past year, I have definitely cried my share of tears. But I do believe I have never wept alone.

Keep in touch with your friends. Don’t let distance separate you. Put effort into the
relationship. Invite them to lunch, FaceTime them, write a letter.

Memorize Scripture. It’ll change your life.

Never miss the opportunity to tell someone how much you love them. Sometimes it can be awkward to get all mushy and tell friends and family how you feel. Do it anyway while you can.

Humble yourself and apologize. You’re not right all the time. Be strong enough to admit it.

Never despise the day of small beginnings. Your time is coming. For now, keep serving where God has you. Keep dreaming and reaching for the stars.

Always keep dreaming. No matter how many people tell you it’s silly. No matter how hard it gets. Do. Not. Stop. Dreaming.

Stop making life a competition. Your success, your beauty, your hurt, and your dreams are not in competition with anyone else. God does not say “I have a plan for you as long as she doesn’t get the promotion first.” Nope. He says, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans that are good and give you hope.” (see Jeremiah 29:11) Start supporting and stop competing.

Give generously. Give of your time, money, talents, resources. We’ve been blessed to be
blessings. Go bless someone.

Don’t let pain make you someone that you are not. Sometimes life just hurts. And sometimes it hurts so deeply that it changes us. You are a survivor, not a victim. The Lord is the God who heals you. Let the pain hurt. And then let Him heal it.

Jesus Christ is worth it all. Following Jesus isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s downright difficult. But He’s worth it. He’s worth every hurt, every sacrifice, every painful choice. He is worth it all.

Life really is beautiful.

Cherish every moment.

AuthorBellaIsabella Morganthal is a writer, dreamer, and child of God. She has published five books by His grace and blogs regularly over at her personal space on the internet: Worth it All blog. To God be the glory.

Courage, Guest Post, Trust, Your Walk With God

What We Can Take Away from Proverbs 3:5-6 {Guest Post by Maddi Rae}

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Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.

That verse says a lot. First, we must trust in the Lord with all our hearts. Easier said than done, right?  Especially where the verse says “with all your heart”. Does that mean you and I should say, “God, I trust You,” and then go off with doubts and fear still there?  No.  We have to trust God completely and with our everything.  Yes, it’s hard, but He’ll help us.

Second, the verse says to not lean on our own understanding. Why? Because we’re human and we think we know what’s best, but we really don’t. When we lean on our own understanding, that gets us places we don’t want to be in. God knows that, too, and that’s why He doesn’t want us to trust ourselves and lean on our own understanding.  We’re meant to lean on HIS understanding, because trust me, He’s got expertise in that area.  He’s God, and our solid foundation.

And third, it says that in all our ways, we must submit to God and obey Him. He is our Father, and we are His children, and as His children, we must simply listen, honor, and obey Him.  When you do that, it please God, and He will make your paths straight.

Maddi Rae is the blogger behind God’s Bright Light. She loves Jesus, singing, and creating art in her art room. Maddi has a small calligraphy business that she started in 2017, called A New Perspective. Feel free to visit her blog!

Beauty, Culture, Your True Identity

Finding Your True Identity in Christ

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Identity. What is it? Where does it come from? Where can we find it?

For most, it’s beauty. Its the loads of makeup. The designer outfits. The expensive shoes. The dyed hair. The height.

For others, it’s social status. It’s the number of likes on a post. The envious glances of others. The number of followers on Instagram.

Or maybe it’s education. It’s the highest grades. The best scores. The straight A’s.

Its the economic status. The amount of money. The size of house. The brand of car.

And for others, it’s health. The working out. The diets. The perfect body.

And the horrible truth is, that’s what people find their identity in. To our culture, that’s what is supposed to satisfy. It’s all outward. People may look perfect on the outside. It may seem they have it all together.

But that’s not true. Inside, people are a mess. Their relationships are disasters. They don’t have strong bonds with family. Their lives may look put together, but in reality, they’re in shambles. Why? Why is this happening?

Because people are looking for identify – for beauty and satisfaction – in the things of this world. In fashion. In fitness. In academics. In wealth. In status. And if one thing doesn’t satisfy them, they move on to the next. It’s an endless cycle of unhappiness and fake living.

That’s not how we’re called to live. That’s not what we’re made for. All those things I mentioned are nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ and living your life for His glory.

I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Philippians 3:8-10

Knowing Christ is so much more worth it than getting a hundred likes on a picture. It’s so much more lasting that having loads of money. It’s so much more rewarding than getting highest honors.

Finding your true identity in Christ is so important. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use makeup or do your hair. Or that you can’t get good grades. Or that you can’t try and live a healthy lifestyle.

Remember Who you’re looking good for, Who you’re ultimately trying to do well in school for, Who you’re living a healthy lifestyle for. It’s for the One who created you. You’re beautiful, smart, and absolutely perfect in his eyes. 1 Corinthians 6 exhorts us to glorify God with our bodies. Ultimately, we’re to live for His approval, not the approval of others.

It doesn’t matter what others think of you, because He thinks you are perfect. There’s no guidebook to success. There’s only God’s word, which is THE best instruction manual on living a life of true beauty. Read it. See what He has to say about beauty. The next time you look in a mirror, think about these amazing truths from God’s word.

  • You are created in His image (Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 2:10).
  • You don’t have to look like that girl on the magazine cover. (1 Peter 3:3-4).
  • Your ultimate purpose is to please your King, not others (1 Samuel 16:7).
  • Your heart is more important than your style (1 Timothy 2:9-10).
  • Your inward appearance is far more important than your outward (1 Timothy 4:8).
  • Your identity is found in Christ, not in the acceptance of others.
  • Your life is on display in front of the whole world – are you fearing the Lord God and living for Him with all that’s in you (Proverbs 1:7, 31:30)?

It’s your choice. Will you live like the world, or will you be transformed by the word of God and live up to His standards, not theirs?

Rebecca

Courage, Faith, Sin, Thankfulness

3 Epic Ways to Make the Devil Scream “OH NO” Today {Guest Post by Madi Grace}

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I live life every day wanting to be the type of young lady who, when my feet hit the floor in the morning, makes the devil scream “OH NO, SHE’S UP!”

And it’s not a hard thing to do. Today I have three simple, actionable ways guaranteed to bring you joy and bring the devil turmoil.

Also, at the end of this post, I have my absolute favorite way to kick the devil’s butt in a free, downloadable PDF you’re welcome to grab. That way alone has changed my life and took me from a radical pessimist to a radical optimist.

1. PRAISE GOD INSTEAD OF YOUR PROBLEMS

We all have problems. There’s no denying them or ignoring them.

Sometimes—most of the time, really—I’m tempted to vent about them. I just want to complain and be mad and it can take up my entire day if I let it.

But when we switch the focus, something happens. Fixing our eyes on Jesus instead of on our circumstances not only gives us joy, but it makes the devil infuriated. If he can get you focused on everything going wrong, he’ll get you depressed and living swayed by emotion.

Instead, start praising the God Who makes a way out of all that and turns everything around for His good!

When you release praise into the atmosphere, you release stuff the devil and all of hell can’t stand.

2. TALK ABOUT HIS DEFEAT AND JESUS’ WIN

I hold the keys of death and the grave.

(Revelation 1:18)

He made a public example of [the devil], having triumphed over him through the cross.

(Colossians 2:15)

Rub that all up in his face. The devil thought he had Jesus. He thought he had won. He thought people could be enslaved by sin forever.

But… nope! Now he’s nothing but a skinny little chihuahua acting like a big rottweiler. In fact, on Judgement Day, everyone’s going to look at the devil and go what? This is the guy behind all the bad? Are you kidding me? He’s a freakin’ pipsqueak! (Isaiah 14:16)

So rub that all in his face. Remind him how defeated and weak he is, and glorify the One who defeated him.

Never let him forget that Jesus now lives inside of you. You’re an unstoppable force ready to more-than-conquer your way through this life and do a wrecking-ball amount of damage to his kingdom of darkness!

3. DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THE DEVIL’S WILL

How many of us want to follow God’s will for our lives?

*raises hand*

How many of us what to follow the devil’s will for our lives?

*puts hand down*

I have a very simple theology. It can be summed up in four words.

Good = God. Bad = devil.

Think God’s good will for your life is better than the devil’s wicked one?

Yep!

Nothing makes me madder than asking someone to do something and watch them do the exact opposite.

Ever don’t know what to do? Think of what the devil would want you to do and do the exact opposite.

Does he want you to believe every negative thought that comes your way until you’re a crying, crumpled heap on the floor?

Nope. Don’t do it. That’s happened to me more times than I can count. Tears are the devil’s trophy, and I’ll never give him the satisfaction of displaying them on my face out of despair again.

Not today, devil. Not now, not ever again.

The last thing the devil wants you to do is turn to God for your happiness. So do that! The joy of the Lord is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

And when God’s got our backs, something tells me things are not only going to be okay, but amazing. After all,

The path of the righteous … shines brighter and brighter.

(Proverbs 4:18)

We’re only going up from here.

Making the devil scream “OH NO, SHE’S UP!” when our feet hit the floor in the morning is just way more fun than buying into his lies.

Huge thanks to the ladies here at YLFC for letting me guest post today! This blog is the bomb. ♥

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grace madiMadison Grace is a blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to traveling and speaking to youth, she blogs about living an undefeated lifestyle at madigrace.org, professional doll collecting at delightfulworldofdolls.com, and writing excellent moral fiction at madisongraceauthor.com.