I don’t always understand my trials. Sometimes, the pain feels cruel. The enemy knows the exact way to cause us the most pain. He always knows our vulnerable places and uses them as often as possible.
While I can bask in the attacks and unfairness of it all, wallowing in the pain only increases it and hurts me even more. When I go down a mental spiral of all the misery and magnify it in my thoughts and emotions, it increases the enemy’s power over me. But when I can take it all to my Jesus and put it at His feet, my Lord will show me how to OVERCOME it all.
Sometimes, I have to decide whether to keep or overcome the misery.
Instead of thinking about the hurt, unfairness, and disappointments, I like to switch my mind to thinking about my Lord’s love, goodness, and righteousness. I can whine, complain, or praise my Lord and feel the gratitude in my heart. But I can’t do both.
When I find myself on the bathroom floor being kicked by the enemy, I can overcome him by praising my Lord. It might sound something like this.
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul. Thank you for helping me. Thank you for adopting me into your amazing family. Thank you for always being with me. Thank you for making my impossible things possible. Thank you for giving me the strength I need to do all things. Thank you for taking my deepest heartaches and using them for good. Thank you for sparing my life and for giving me a second chance. Thank you for always making a way for me. Thank you for taking the time to work with me. Thank you for reminding me of who I am. Thank you for taking care of my every need.
Each time I write a thank you, another one pops into my mind. When I praise my Lord while the enemy attacks me, his power over me diminishes. My Lord’s love, peace, and joy are so great that the enemy can’t stand it. Therefore, he will flee.
Regardless of what happens to me, Jesus has already decided my ending. I have VICTORY IN JESUS!