This means war! Part 4 of 4: My Battle Plan
Main Truth: “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life,” Philippians 4:6 TPT
A parenting podcast I listened to during this time, dealt with the Spiritual Warfare on our families. The hosts described, “Imagine if someone was constantly watching your children. Waiting. Investigating. Researching them. Then, strategically planning to take them down. Stop imagining...that is exactly what Satan and his army are doing.” Hearing that made my skin crawl and made this mama bear say, “oh hec no! It’s on!”.
What I was blinded to at the time, is that fight would begin with me. As parents, we are to fight for our family, but we can only fight the way we fight for ourselves. My natural way to fight depression and anxiety, is by working harder, striving and seeking more. I end up fighting the wrong battle.
What God showed me over this last week, is my battle plan needs to be His battle plan and His battle plan usually means going against my natural ways. What I mean is, when depression and anxiety hit, I often want to “work” on it through medicine, doctors, reading books, all kinds of therapy...trying to solve it. Please don’t get me wrong, people have chemical imbalances and need doctors. We need those things. But sometimes we try to take out a “weed” of depression and anxiety by only hacking at what’s above ground instead of digging up the root. My question is, are we fighting how God wants us to fight?
So what’s the battle plan? It is to “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10).
1. Be strong in the Lord! Trusting Him and believing His best for you.
2. Put on the full armor of God - Read Ephesians 6. To sum it up, it’s God’s righteousness, Christ’s salvation, our faith and the word of God.
3. Know the devil’s schemes. You can’t fight something well, if you don’t know the opponent’s plan. Satan’s plan and scheme is the same every time. As he did with Eve in the garden and Jesus in the wilderness, He attacks God’s character and your identity.
4. Pray in the Spirit always. This means to have a constant conversation with God.
5. Be in community. Surround yourself with people who will speak truth and life into you and who help shift your perspective back to God. Yes, even you introverts need community. Like a hungry lion, the enemy will prey on those outside, the ones who are more isolated. Even God Himself is community as Father, Son and Spirit.
6. Finally, raise a hallelujah! When we seek to praise and worship Him, it shifts our focus off of our selves and onto Him. Praise and worship is more than Sunday’s at church, it’s sometimes dancing like a fool to worship music in the dead of night.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 4:4-8)
Post Written by Samantha DeLeon.
Samantha has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties. Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field. Samantha's mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-never full" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs. Samantha is a California native, is married to her high school sweetheart and they have three school aged children.