Monday, January 5, 2009

Fighting The Darkness

by Donna L. Watkins

The only way we learn to fight the devil in this world is to speak up and do so. Until we do he takes us down because we've got so much Light in us that he wants to keep hidden forever.

© 2008 Donna L. Watkins - Cabbage White Butterfly - Montpelier

Christ died and gave us the power. I would rather He keep the power and just zap everything to make it right. No battles to fight, no determination and character shaping of my soul. I want the easy way out like we all do --- human nature. God knows our weaknesses but tells us to stand throughout Scripture and win the battle of our mind.

The Word is truly powerful and will keep back the baying wolves. We have to focus on one thing at a time. Keeping one scripture that you can use and repeat and repeat until you feel like you're crazy with it ... in reality it will be the only thing that keeps us from going crazy. Keep adding more Scriptures - it increases the size of your shield that God commands us to take up (Ephesians 6:16).

"God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of love and of power and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

The mind does not sleep, so if you have allowed yourself to be filled with fears, doubts and worries and are rehearsing the evil things of your life rather than the blessings, you will have a fierce battle at the onset, but I assure you it gets easier with time. And with time you will have results that are glorious. You have walked far enough along the dark path to know that what you are focusing on is not getting you anywhere but deeper in the pit of darkness and fear.

Nights are hardest when you want to sleep, but being off guard allows your mind to wander back to old tapes you played over and over. Those tapes have to record new tracks of hope, faith and Light, but it does take time. One easy Scripture that most of us already know is the one I used and still use. It has done amazing things for me. You have to catch it even before you fully wake up because the devil speaks loudest while we are in that in-between sleep and awake zone.

I shout, "This is the day the Lord has made, I WILL rejoice and be glad in it." as soon as I begin to wake up ... and any time I turn over during the night. "I will not be afraid of the terror by night" (Psalm 91:5). If I don't take control of my mind instantly and focus on God's blessings of each day (picturing sunrises and birds feeding and flowers blooming) the brain chatter will go down an evil trail about the disease and visual images of the deformity I already have and make a list of all that I CANNOT do and all that I will not be able to do.

If I allow all of that, my body is in great pain and the disease progresses much faster. I can feel the difference and I don't like the results of allowing the brain chatter. At first I had to stand my ground all night long because I would wake up with night terrors and Scripture is the only thing that will take all fear away - no herbs to help sleep would silence the chattering mind.

We all have troubles, problems and circumstances. I call them challenges because they can create in us more of who we were designed to be. Human nature is lax and lazy. We don't gain much faith and character in good times.

God's Word is powerful:

"For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit" (Hebrews 4:12).

It does the job. It brings the spirit forward and shines Light in the darkened areas of the soul. My choice to shout my rejoicing of the day and my life switches my brain gears and finds joy, rather than dread. The power is there, my dear friend! But it's totally our choice -- as it was with Eve. Return to the Garden with the Word!

I read the book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor, and published a few posts from it. If you're the type that needs a visual picture of what's happening with the brain to qualify you working on it, these articles (links below) should prove very beneficial.

The book really helped me to see how God wired us with amazing abilities and functioning and it confirmed to me how this occurs within the physiological and anatomical realms. It's set my brain in concrete on the reality of 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 being undertaken with our earthly abilities.

"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

The articles:
Your Amazing Brain
Power To Change Your Mind
Stroke Of Genius On Emotions
Taking Thoughts Captive
Getting Out Of Negative Loops

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