I'm always suspect when my visual environment becomes disarray and cluttered. My first inclination is to seek God for what is happening that is causing me to fall back to previous habits. You see, I realize that it is an outward manifestation of an inward rumbling. During this 90-day Quantum Leap Challenge, I am even more sensitive to those things that try to prevent me from being successful. Nobody knows me better than I know myself.
I'm equally amazed at people who always have a word for someone else. You see, I've come to realize that before God reveals it to you in more instances than not He has already revealed it to me. When we go to God seeking answers for others' behavior, God always points us back to ourselves. Believe me I know what I'm talking about.
When people cozy up to me and say, "The Lord told me tell you this . . .," my first inclination is what has God told you about you? Don't get me wrong, there are people that have provided me with a confirming word that only God could have revealed to them. When you are seeking God daily to show you areas of improvement, He is always faithful. Howbeit, we aren't always faithful to receive what God has to say.
Success in overcoming any habit that tries to overtake you begins with seeking God and actually ends with seeking God. You have to realize that the enemy only goes away for a little while to regroup and return. Once you realize that the enemy doesn't have any new weapons in his arsenal, you begin to walk in victory. His primary weapon is using you against you. He uses your past by picking at the same sore over and over again. That is his way of making you bleed.
Once you decide that you are no longer going to partner with him in his escapades of deception, he leaves you alone for a little while. You have to be fortified. The only way you can fortify yourself against his attacks is staying as close to God as you possibly can, by saturating yourself with His Word and daily communion with Him in prayer. You also have to be honest with yourself and your weaknesses.
As I said before, I know me better than anyone else knows me; the only One who knows me better is God. I must be honest with myself and I must be honest with God. Once I acknowledge the perceived weakness, then I team up with God to obliterate it forever. When the enemy tries to bring it back to me, I recognize it for what it is and immediately begin to apply the weapons of warfare to resolve it.
It's familiar. Recognize it! Don't succumb to the fatal wiles waged against you!
Many times when you make a decision to change, failure comes because you are not completely abreast of your enemy. You must understand that his strategy is to steal, kill and destroy you by any means necessary. Don't get frustrated by the familiarity of the attack, but be fortified in knowing you are already more than a conqueror. Daily you overcome by the blood Jesus shed for every attack waged against you and not being afraid to speak words of victory from previous attacks where you emerged unscathed.
Always remember a setback is just a set up for that inward rumbling to be totally obliterated. The outward manifestation of victory glorifies God and propels you to victory every time.
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Jacqui A. Showers., The Showers Group Ministries