Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ministering Spirits . . . cont'd

Hello Everyone!

Today, I would like to finish the story on my deliverance from worry. Wow! I didn't realize I would be angering the enemy so much that he would try to put me back into bondage to the very thing from which I have received God's wonderful deliverance. He is devious. He wants to destroy my witness for God's Mighty Power. Well, not today!

As I was saying yesterday, God answered my prayers for ministering spirits. They came in the form of birds singing outside my bedroom window. Later as the days passed, I found it easier to concentrate. I could read the Scriptures that now, seemed to come alive for me. My prayers came! I, with God's strength, had broken through the storm cloud the enemy had hovering over my head! The enemy did not stop, though. He kept on firing flaming arrows at me, but I was finding it easier to fight them. My search through the Word yielded the answers to my problem. It had always been there, faithfully waiting for me to find. In His time!

Put on the whole armor of God!

"A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT

That was my answer! Practice makes perfect! So I began.

One evening my husband came home from work and handed me a book by Jerusha Clark entitled, Every Thought Captive. As I read it, I came to understand that my worry separated me from God and that is sin. I had to confess it! So I did! I confessed my sin, asked God for forgiveness, and turned from it. Words are not adequate to express the feelings I had when I did this. I can only describe it as pure joy! I was delivered!

Since then, arrows have been thrown, armor has been worn, and I continue to fight. Worry like I once had is now gone. I finally know how to fight when it rears it's ugly head. Those times come when I am weak, that is why my ministering spirits are so important to me. They still come, sometimes as birds chirping outside my window. At other times, they come as friends encouraging me, praying for me, talking with me on this blog. I love them all!

Remember me in your prayers!

Be Encouraged!
Plant Lady

2 comments:

Mary said...

The devil wanting to destroy your message took my mind back to a time when I was with a group of ladies and said that I would so like my thought life to be that at any given moment if my thoughts were written in the sky for all to see that it would be thoughts that could be to God's glory. Afterwards there was a darkness that came to me and all kinds of evil thoughts tried to lodge in my mind. This lasted several days. Yes, the devil wanted to destroy any good intentions I might have.
But God was faithful and brought me through. Made me more aware of the spiritual battle we are in.

Plant Lady said...

Mary,
Thanks for your post. Today, on my lunch hour, I read a devotion booklet from back in February. It said that the four Gospels and Acts records one attack and obstacle after another upon those who were committed to fulfilling God's calling. It went on to say that the deeper we go into the kingdom of God, the more likely we are to be resisted in our efforts.

So there is a warfare going on! It is the same now as it was then. We must put on the whole armor of God, then stand! Ephesians 6:10-18

Visit again soon!
Plant Lady