I’m reading it every day on my timeline. I’m hearing it from conversations amongst strangers in the store. I’m feeling it daily within my soul.
It’s the creeping of darkness lingering around your life. As something big approaches, you feel it. As a huge test deadline is approaching, you feel it. As an argument happens between you and a loved one, you feel it. The ever-so-annoying, defeating, and enemy-loving darkness.
We, as God’s children must remember that accepting Jesus as our Savior doesn’t automatically block mountains (trouble, anxiety, depression, heartache, and pain) from trying to enter our lives. We travel through life with our daily routines and encounter a mountain on our journey. The mountain can be anything from a breakup, failed friendship, fight with our parents or siblings, failed grade on a test you did an all-nighter for, discomfort in your church, self-doubt about your appearance, depression, overwhelming fear, or anything that has your focus off of God for your peace and comfort.
As this mountain shows up unexpected, it moves through our Spirit by attacking our minds. As the mountain attacks our minds, it attacks our emotional stability. Once we are emotional, the mountain affects our views of our daily routine, relationships, and self-worth. This is the cycle. The cycle happens so unbelievably fast that we’re left contemplating our whole life and wondering is it really worth it anymore. I’m here to tell you that it is worth it. Your life is worth it. Your dreams are worth it. Holiness is worth it.
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God – 2 Corinthians 7:1
Purify means to remove contaminants or to cleanse. So God wants us to cleanse ourselves from everything that corrupts our body and spirit. In order to do that, we must acknowledge the cycle of mountains. After the acknowledgment (yes Devil I see you lurking), we must attack the enemy with God’s Word, positive affirmations, and prayers upon more prayers.
Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
1. The attack of your mind
- God’s Word: Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. - Colossians 3:2 (disclaimer: above means of heaven)
-Positive Affirmation: I can do all things through Jesus (Philippians 4:13)
-Prayer: God, I need your strength right now. Your Word says that anything can be done through your power. I lay my burdens at your Feet right now. Ease my mind through your sweet reminders of grace, mercy, and redemption. I need you. Help me to not move without you. Rest my mind! Equip me for battle! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
2. The attack of your emotions
-God’s Word: Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger – Ephesians 4:26
-Positive Affirmation: God is above my emotions so I will focus on the goodness of his deeds.
-Prayer: Jesus, I am struggling with my emotions right now. I feel like it is too much for me to handle right now. Everyone looks so happy. Everyone looks like their lives are moving in the right directions yet mine is just still. Help me to be confident in my abilities to handle these situations. Help me to respond more like you, Jesus. I will not be defeated. I rebuke the darkness trying to make me feel depressed, anxious, and defeated. I am more than a conqueror. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
3. The attack on our view of our lives
-God’s Word: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
-Positive Affirmation: God has amazing plans for my life. Always and Forever.
-Prayer: Jesus, this is not how I thought my life would be right now. Please remind me of your goodness over my life. Your Word says that you have plans to prosper me. I wait in expectation for that day. Help me to remain patient, a steward of serving, and a joyful attitude throughout it all. Mold my views to look like your views. Mold my life to your Will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
It is okay to cry if you need to cry. It is okay to scream if you need to scream. It is okay to just sit and be still. While you are sitting, please know that God is God (Psalm 46:10). Also, please do not cry too long, scream too long, or react out of your anger or other emotions. Always remember: God is the Head. God is Above. God is a Conqueror. God is amazing. God is perfect. God is a Redeemer. God is a way-maker. God is a Provider. God is a Healer. God is the Way. Jesus is the Way. The Holy Spirit lives in you so ask for the help. I promise you that it is worth it. It might hurt. It might “look” like the situation won’t be handled. You may feel like it won’t get handled. However, God has handled it way before you went through it (Jeremiah 29:11). God is right there! Live daily in His lovely, sweet presence laying EVERYTHING at His feet.
And he is before all things, and in him, all things hold together -Colossians 1:17
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. –Philippians 4:8
Camilla was born and raised in El Dorado, Arkansas. She is the Creator of Evolve2gether. Evolve2gether is an organization that uses prayer, praise, & positivity to motivate individuals to become the WARRIOR that God created them to be. Camilla loves to write poetry, help others through motivational posts or words, travel, and implement new positive ways to become stronger each day. After surviving so much darkness in her life, she hopes she can articulate the words God has placed on her heart to encourage and push readers to begin their healing journey.