Monday, December 1, 2014

Satan Has Tactics

 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. - Jeremiah 29:11-13

God Has a Purpose for Your Life
Some days can be really difficult as I try to parent my three children, one of which is special needs. Early morning therapy sessions, play dates that seem to go astray, meltdowns in the grocery store. In the midst of my crazy, I must stop and remember that HE has a purpose for my life. The life HE has given me, entrusted to me, I must remember there is a plan in it all. On those days I am barely making it, I cling to His promise that there is purpose in it all. My growth, my character, my faith, and those moments HE will allow me to share my experiences with another. 

God is always weaving ministry opportunities into my crazy. 

Satan has Tactics to deter you
As I walk with Jesus, and He has a purpose for my life...I also have an enemy with a plan too. Satan wants to deter me from the work of God, and he will try desperately to deflate my excitement for Christ, as he whispers lies into my ear. Failure. You can't do this. God doesn't love you. Give it up. You'll never be able to do that thing God asked you to do. Fear. Anxiety. All of those crazy thoughts that are literally from the pit of hell. As I walk with Jesus longer, I realize satan seems to use the same tactic on me over and over again. When I recognize this, I can deflect those crazy thoughts sooner and go to His truth to remind me of how HE sees me. After all He is my creator and knows me best. What tactic does satan use on you?

One of Satan's most deceptive and powerful ways of defeating us is to get us to believe a lie. And the biggest lie is that there are no consequences to our own doing. Satan will give you whatever you ask for if it will lead you where he ultimately wants you. 

God will direct you with hope
Each day as I seek the Bible in my quiet time, HE reminds me of where my hope comes from. He highlights where I am going and that my home, here on earth, is only temporary. My troubles that seem so large HE will use for His glory if I am willing to testify of His goodness. Those days I forget, or slack in my devotion time - has a huge effect on my hope. My focus is on the here and now, instead of the there and then. Those days when I question why I was given a child with extra struggles, His Word reminds me of the great character traits that are just below the surface of my little guy. 

God made my son, with special needs, with a purpose & plan that far outweighs what I can see. 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. - Philippians 4:8

1 comment:

  1. Ahh, Kate, thank you so much for your transparency. It was beautiful and encouraging, just like you! We all have people in our lives that, for different reasons, are challenging to love like Christ does. What an honor it is, though, that He chose us to love them! He believes in us and He equips us to do what He has called us to do. He knows we can do it! It's equally helpful to remember that He loves them so much, He wants to use us to share His love with them. I know He uses you my friend, in my life and the lives of many others. Your life has ministry written all over it. God chose you to be that boy's mama because He knew you were the best one for the job. I look forward to watching God's plan for your boy unfold and the amazing testimony that continues to come from the challenges. I know you will continue to share that! Well done, my friend!