Everyone has enemies. Sometimes they come in human form, most often, they come in another form—the form of our thoughts. They come at us when we least expect it. They can come forcefully, penetrating our senses and leaving us paralyzed or they can come quietly and take over our mind leaving us unaware for the moment. It is the thought that fills our head with deceit and self-doubt that is the enemy. Each of these thoughts has one single purpose, to lead to self-condemnation and remove Jesus from our lives. It is as if a dark veil is trying to be placed between us and the Lord.
What are we supposed to do when the attack is relentless? We reach for Scripture. We pull out words from God’s love letter to us and use them as a defense. God gave us His word to support us, teach us, and show us His unending love.
Open your Bible, find a verse that speaks to your heart and memorize it. Write it down and carry it with you. Place it in a prominent place where you will see it often. Recite it to yourself when that enemy begins to creep in.
Some verses that I have found helpful: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me.” Psalm 23:4 “Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side.” Psalm 63:4 “For your love is better that life, my lips offer you worship.” John 14:27 “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Hebrews 14:5-6 “I will never forsake you or abandon you. The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?”
Spend time with your Bible and you will be amazed when the Lord reveals new Scripture verses to use as a shield against the enemies.
While you are spending time with the Lord and focusing on Him, here are some things that you can do:
Tell Jesus about your day
Tell Jesus that you love Him
Read from your Bible
Sing a Christian song
Read a Christian story
Tell Jesus about your worries
Picture His arms around you
Remember how much He loves you
Why do we want to know and love God? Because we need Him. Being a part of this world is just too hard without Him. There is too much fear and pain to carry alone. I know that we have friends and family who are often there to help us when we need it, but let’s face it -- these people are human, which means they are not perfect. That also means that no matter how hard they try, or possibly don’t try, they will let us down sometimes.
There is no way that other people can meet all of our needs and it isn't really fair to expect them to. We are created by God and for God. That means that God is the only one who can give us all that we need. He gives us His unconditional love. We can turn to Him in all circumstances and He is there to encourage us, to heal us, to rejoice with us, and to love us. He is the perfect friend and He will never let us down if we trust in Him completely.