3 simple verses to overcome all obstacles

I feel like so often I battle things like strongholds, anxiety, fear & self-doubt when trying to move forward in life.  All of these things & many more all stem from one thing ~ I have an enemy who is looking to halt me.  Satan cannot destroy me, but he can fight like heck to keep me bound to insecurity {or any other thing that seems to hamper my moving forward}, which keeps me enslaved to ways of living that hold me back from all God has for me.   


Just look at what Ephesians tells us about how difficult it is to walk this life out…

God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.  Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:10-18 MSG


 God has given us many weapons to use against Satan, but peace is one of the most powerful, however often ignored of the ammunition available.  Jesus had a lengthy discussion with His disciples just before his death & He warned them of all the trouble that would ensue in living a life for Him.  He ended that discussion with this verse:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33NIV

Jesus knew without the peace that comes directly from God we could not live victorious over Satan. Take a look at these 3 simple verses that the Lord showed me about how to crush Satan in every scheme:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him & He will direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6
See the word trust right at the beginning of that verse? That’s the first thing we have to do.  Trust in the Lord. All believers, in the beginning, have a sincere hope & confident expectation that the Lord will direct them.  But we too often push aside what our hearts tell us about the ability to rely on the strength of God to lead us because of the circumstances we can see around us.  We need to return to our trust in Him to keep us walking in the right direction. 

 

You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.  Isaiah 26:3
Now, look at this verse above…peacecomes because of trust.  The sheer act of focusing our mind on Him & trusting in His power will give us overwhelming peace.  Our fears, anxieties & insecurities can’t hold us captive anymore once we are settled & locked in on the presence of His peace.

 

And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.  Romans 16:20
Last, God, who is entirely in control of giving us peace & keeping us in His peace if we trust Him, will hand us the ability to crush Satan & all his schemes in our life!  God has already gone before us & won this victory when Jesus died & was resurrected.  He already crushed Satan for eternity, but because we live in a broken world until Jesus comes again, we still have to battle the enemy in our flesh.  Choosing to focus our mind on Jesus & trust in His Spirit to lead us will give us peace which leads to victory over Satan in this world too.

 

3 little steps that will have a significant outcome in our lives...Trust in Him, Focus on Him for Peace & then be Victorious in Christ over Satan.

Ask the Lord to help you today to take these 3 steps to break the bondage that Satan wants to hold over you & live in victory over the obstacles in your life.


Love,
Cara

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