Remember Your Battles.
Lions there is nothing like fighting a current battle, forgetting the battle you just came out of. The truth is, all battles you fight are well connected, and if you don't know why you're fighting or the tactics that the enemy used before, then you will enter a cycle of the same fights and you'll never get out until you figure out the pattern.
I recently saw a post on Facebook from a friend, that asked: "What title would you give this chapter of your life?" It triggered something in me and it forced me to think about the current season I'm in and the one I just came out of. Ya'll I had to really think about this! It's amazing how you can be in the midst of a current battle, but yet still foggy. The question reminded me of something that I have thought about for a while now, our lives really are books and the seasons that we live in and through are just chapters. I came upon this verse, something that David said.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.~Psalm 139:16
Nothing takes God by surprise, all of our days are already written in a book. Now, we can talk about free will and being in the perfect will of God later, but isn't it nice to know that when you belong to God you are walking in a story that He wrote about you before your body was even framed? This gives me confidence that my life is in his hands and he knows exactly what he's doing. A good friend of mine, Vicki, reminded me of this that it doesn't matter what the enemy tries to do, God is always ten steps ahead of him. So our response to spiritual attacks should not always be "Satan is attacking me"instead our perspective should shift and we should simply ask our Father " What are you doing in this season? What are you wanting to get out of me or impart to me?" "Why have you allowed the enemy to afflict me in this area?"Because remember if you are in God's care, the enemy can do nothing to you without his permission, just ask Job. Even he had a hard time identifying his season, he didn't understand why he was being attacked from all sides and he became confused because of the opinions of his 'friends' that tried to name his season for him.
I know what God is doing in me this season. He's healing me and sometimes that doesn't look pretty or feel good. That's why when my friend asked this question, I knew what my answer was. This season of my life is titled "The Threshing Floor: Strengthen That Which Remains". In the next blog, I'll dig a little deeper into what a threshing floor as mentioned in the bible; but essentially I have been feeling like God is literally stripping me of things that I don't need, things like mental and emotional patterns of fear and anxiety that have held me back for most of my life.
During this season I am noticing that he's just answering my prayer; for Him to solidify my identity, shape me into his son, to make me bolder and brave, to be perfected in his love. Sometimes that deliverance and healing really don't look or feel like what we think it will and it usually doesn't come when we expect it. But this is the way in which he wants me to walk. You have to understand in order for God to heal and deliver you from something, those things have to be manifested first, they need to come to the surface and show themselves. This is probably the hardest part of the restoration, but it's necessary. Nothing can be cast out if kept in darkness, nothing can be exposed if not consumed in light(revelation) first. Whatever is hidden must come into the light and that often means whatever was hiding was comfortable in the darkness, but the light shining on it causes a stirring.
Listen that's okay. Write down and record what transpires in your seasons, it will be a blueprint to your next one.
Lions let the Light in and don't be afraid to let him do the work on the inside. That's how we become brave.
Be Brave, Lions.