Friday, May 08, 2009

Time in the parking lot

Late last week I went through a couple of days feeling overwhelmed and anxious. This is not at all a normal experience for me, and I must admit that I was not handling it well. Finally, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit and my wife (sometimes the two of them work hand in hand), I grabbed my Bible and quickly left the house in order to run from the temptation to overreact to the anxiety and instead, to cry out to God for some help. I stopped off at the QT market and grabbed an extra-large Dr. Pepper before finding myself in an empty parking lot. I opened my Bible and started reading. After about 10 verses I shut my Bible and told God, “I need something right now!” God is good, and I believe He very much likes it when we cry out to Him in desperation. That’s where I was – desperate. He immediately told me to read Psalm 43. Here is what God gave me: 
“Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. 
I declared this scripture a dozen times continuing to speak it out louder each time. I followed it up with speaking other truth from God’s Word over my life, reminding my self who I am in Christ Jesus. In other words, I engaged in some spiritual warfare. Here’s what happened - the enemy fled. The overwhelming sense of anxiety left. I was back at home only 40 minutes after I had left. I walked in the door and announced to my family, “I am back!” And I was, to the glory and praise of God. 

The battle was not a physical battle against people or even my busy schedule of life and ministry; no, it was a battle against Satan himself. Satan is a liar. He wants to mess with us and he doesn’t want us to live out the purposes God has for us. He is bad news, but in Christ and the truth of God’s Good News, we can drive the enemy away and move forward in joy, peace, and victory as we minister the life of Christ. Hallelujah! We serve the risen King who is victorious. 

1 comment:

Karla Meachem said...

Amen brother! AMEN!!!

12 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.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND.

~ Ephesians 6:12,13 KJV

VICTORY in Christ Jesus!