“I will bless the Lord who counsels—even at night when my thoughts trouble me.” Psalm 16:7
Oh how I can relate to this. So many nights I have laid unable to sleep with only my thoughts, no distractions. The trouble of the days and weeks attack like an enemy on the front lines.
My dad would tell me when I get in this loop to start praising! God hears the praises of His people and the enemy hates it! I admit I haven’t gotten the best handle on it yet. It is so hard not to let worry, doubt, and the cares of this world consume me, but I can testify that when I choose praise and thanksgiving, my heart and mind quickly start to turn around. The problems may still be there but my peace and joy are not stolen.
How do we fight these battles? It is in communion with God. Remember, apart from Him we can do nothing.
If there is habitual sin in our life that we haven’t confessed this will be a block that will hinder our relationship with the Lord.
So, first get your belt of truth on and examine your own heart to see if there be any wicked way. Always have the belt of truth on—truth of who God is and who we are and the truth of the gospel!
Our faith will extinguish all the arrows that come at us. Our faith is a shield. (Ephesians 6:16)
Don’t let the trouble spin around in your head. Protect it with the helmet of salvation. God has already saved us, no weapon formed against you will prosper. It’s a done deal. It is finished. All we are asked to do is believe it, and put our whole trust in Him.
Read and read and read Scripture—feed on it, soak it in and speak it! It will slice right through anything coming up against you. It doesn’t stand a chance. The Word of God is truth!
Prayer – look no further than the example of Jesus. He fought his battles in prayer to His Father.
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise!” James 5:13
If God is for us who can be against us?