Silencing the Murmurs
You are good when there’s nothing good in me.
More often than I care to admit, I catch myself falling into the traps the enemy of my soul sets for me. I can start the day with the very best intentions and the most God-centered thoughts, but as soon as something goes ‘not my way’ I fall out of His arms and into the slump of the old me. I am smart enough to know that it is no coincidence I get knocked off my fluffy cloud of happiness. But sometimes I get so frustrated with my flesh!
I started a journey just a bit ago that I felt God called me to run toward, and it involves fasting from something that I had more of an attachment to than I realized. Our Lord is cool like that--He recognizes the idols in our lives long before we do, and He pursues us until we submit. When I began the challenge, I felt like I was super energetic about it and hopeful of all of the wisdom I would gain in the process.
Within a few days, however, my intensity fizzled and was replaced with doubt and dread. I hate to admit that…but it is the truth. Instead of forging ahead with praise for my calling and praying for clarity and purpose, I wallowed. I listened to the whispers of deceit telling me that it was a pointless, silly task and that I should just give in and allow myself some revelry.
No sooner than I entertained the idea, I recognized who was whispering it. Get away from me, devil.
There was nothing good in me in that moment, but immediately following it I began to declare, “You are good when there’s nothing good in me.” Peace washed over me and renewed my certitude and confidence in the call that The Lord had for me in this season.
It’s not meant to be easy, and it’s certainly something the enemy recognizes as vulnerability in my heart, but that is all the more reason for me to put on the full armor of God. There is no room or time for me to be lukewarm.
No matter what we are facing, no matter what task we are involved in, we are going to face opposition. It may come from the enemy, it may come from family or friends, or it may come from that girl who looks into your eyes in the mirror. We have to always recognize our weakness, and know that He is strong enough to carry us. The key there is to be willing to run into His arms when we are frail
Carry your radiant Light into the murkiness, it will always reign.
Written by Emilee Lowe
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