As a woman, aren’t you amazed sometimes at how powerful emotions can be? There is a battle waging, and Satan loves to use our thoughts and emotions against us. Because I am a stay-at-home wife and mom, and my place is my home, that is where the battlefield lies. When Eve was deceived in the Garden of Eden, how much of the deception centered on emotions? She did not listen to or believe the Word of God, rather she tried to reason it out herself, relied on how she felt about things, and didn’t ask her husband! Satan lied to her, and what was she doing listening to the enemy anyway? How often are we just like her?! But, we must remember that we have the victory over the enemy, and we have weapons! A soldier keeps his weapons in good condition and ready for battle!
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
Throughout the day we must take our thoughts captive to the Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5) but there are certain times of the day that we are more susceptible and vulnerable. You need to know yourself and figure out what time or times that is for you and be prepared. The time of day when you’re most tired and worn out may be when Satan attacks your thoughts and emotions most.
First thing in the morning when I’m not fully awake, I find, is a time that’s when I’m most vulnerable and is crucial for me to be prepared. Satan loves to catch us off guard. I have to replace any negative thoughts, fears, anxieties, complaints, etc., with, well, the best thing of all, the Word of God. Thinking and saying positive, thankful words to myself is good, but thinking and reciting the Word of God is best. It cleanses my mind, restores my soul. This is the weapon that God has given us for the battle! It has power!
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
My first thoughts in the morning have a huge impact on my attitude going into the day and affect the goodness and sweetness of the first words out of my mouth. (I like to say, “Good Morning!” to everyone.)
The first words out of my mouth affect the rest of my family, and sometimes set the tone for the rest of the day. I can do hurricane-strength damage before breakfast, if certain specific steps haven’t been taken beforehand to impact my thoughts and emotions.
In the Hebrew world of the Bible, a day starts the night before: “evening and morning, the first day.” By beginning my day at night, as I prepare for bed, I can put in kind, sweet thoughts, listen to soothing music, reflect on the goodness of the Lord throughout the day, and start my day with praise.
Waking with thankfulness in the morning will become a habit, but until it does, you may want to wake to a reading from the Psalms which praises and thanks the Lord, or a hymn of thankfulness.
I find it effective to visualize in my mind, and mentally put on the whole armor of God: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, my loins girt about with truth, my feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, taking up the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God), praying without ceasing.
God says I’m to be controlled and led by the Spirit. My will and emotions must follow, not lead or control. The more I feed my emotions, the stronger they get! (I like to make an analogy: I compare my emotions to a 2-year-old out of control! They cannot get their way!) Like the rut formed in a dirt road by rain and continually travelling that same way over and over, so a habitual rut is formed by emotions softening me and responding in the same wrong way over and over.
The Word of God is our sword, God says. Is your sword sharpened and ready for the battle? Memorize Bible verses to use against the enemy. Be ready, for you won’t have time to go and find your sword (Bible) when Satan attacks at vulnerable times like these. Here is a great verse to arm yourself with, that deals with one of the strongest emotions: fear.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
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