I know the enemy is spending a lot of time telling me this. Because a few months ago God spoke a couple of things very clearly to me. And I have been listening. I have been praying and spending time in the word, and setting boundaries. And the enemy has continued to step up his game. After talking with a dear friend last night who I consider a spiritual mentor, I realized that some of these problems may not be because of me. They may be someone else's issues to deal with that the enemy has decided to use against me and my family. Isn't that nice? Well, if the enemy can step up his game, then so can I. You see, I was bought with a price. The One who gave himself for me will not let me fall. I have the mind of Christ and I do NOT have to buy into the lies that enemy sees fit to throw at me day after day. So I have a plan. One that involves anointing with oil and praying with heavy BOLDNESS. After all, we have all authority and right to approach the throne of grace with boldness. And then the most amazing thing happens. King Jesus himself intercedes on my behalf to God the father. This just blows me away. I am claiming the following verses for myself, Cole, and the kids in the mighty name of Jesus:
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age - Titus 2:11-12
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.- Hebrews 4:16
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. - Hebrews 12:14
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because our anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. - James 1:19-21
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the [b] proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ - 1 Peter 1:6-7
I want my life to lived for my Father's glory. Not mine. Even the trials and tests and difficult times. I will choose to take this sifting and let whatever is there that is not good be sifted out. And give God the glory no matter what.