It began earlier this week. I should have been prepared. I’ve been here before. Tomorrow I will speak on a topic that God’s enemy would prefer I not speak on. Tomorrow other’s will speak to the glory of God, encouraging women to lead well. Tomorrow is the SheLeads Conference. So if you would, please say a prayer for the keynotes and workshop speakers. Each of us are battling our own attacks. Pray for those who will attend as I am sure that even today the enemy will try to stop them from coming. Pray that our God is glorified and that His children are built up so that they may go forth and continue to do the work God has called them to do.
For me personally it’s often the same. Lies of my emotions. Every time I speak it’s the lies that race through my mind. But this time my enemy tries a different tactic.
I live with pain, but over the last few weeks it’s been intense. Anyone who lives with chronic pain knows the wear it can take on your coping skills. It can lead to depression and many other things.
Yesterday I woke up just tired. Tired of the battle. Tired of the Pain. As I prepared for tomorrow I read 1 Peter 1:1-2:3. It’s rich in truth. Peter reminded me that
I am born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ.
I have an imperishable inheritance that is protected by the power of God through faith. It will not fade away.
I can rejoice in the trials I have now for it’s proving my faith through fire so that the results will bring praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Christ.
And because of this and other truths that Peter reminds me of this is the truth I cling to today:
1 Peter 1:13, "...prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
prepare - to gird up, to secure
sober-to be calm and collected in spirit
fix- to wait for salvation with joy and full confidence
Today I will gird up my mind, I will secure it to the truth I know. I will prepare it for action so that I can speak truth to myself. I will also rest in the Spirit of God knowing that in Him I can remain firm, calm and face whatever comes my way. And finally I will remember that I can have confidence knowing that all of this is nothing compared to what awaits me in heaven with Jesus.
What about you? What are you struggling with today? What truth will you cling to?
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