God's Amazing Recycling Plan
This attack that has come against many in the Body of Christ in this season is not a direct strike on your emotions, family, finances or your body... it's an assault on your anointing, authority, power, effectiveness and destiny! The enemy really doesn't care about how you feel. What matters most to him is causing relentless diversions that will keep you too busy, sick and exhausted to seek God, study His Word, worship Him and minister the gospel to others. It's your full attention that he ultimately desires and he will poke and prod you till your focus is removed from Jesus and placed fully on him! Oh, you may not realize you've given him your attention... but as you worry, complain and become fearful, your faith will wane and your worship will turn to anxiety and depression. You then begin to question your anointing, run from your calling and unwittingly hand over the keys to your power and authority to the enemy.
We all experience trials and even devastating circumstances in our lives. The pain is real and unfortunately it comes with living on this planet. There are seasons of grief that weighs greatly on our souls and breaks our hearts. Even in the midst of the greatest suffering... Our focus can remain steadfast on the one who restores hope, brings peace, victory and comfort for our souls. There's only one path to that... don't take the enemy's bait by giving him your attention! Stay focused on Jesus, from whence cometh your help! Worship in the storm even if it hurts! At times it's called a sacrifice of praise. It's a decision that's made to praise and worship your Lord regardless of the circumstances, physical pain or the emotions that are raging within.
Give God glory in the darkest hours and His light will bring you peace even as you mourn and He will bring you through with a testimony of His goodness, power and love! Don't hold on to the pain, give it to Him, He's already carried it, He's felt the weight of it and desires for you to hand it over to Him. He's got this amazing recycling plan, it's called beauty in exchange for your ashes, joy for your mourning and praise for your despair! Only God can do that! Seek Him, worship and trust that He still has a plan and all that's happened will be turned to good! Yeah, it can be hard to imagine at times, but He's big enough to work incredible miracles of divine multiplication and restoration!
Isaiah 61:3 (NLT) To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 13:15 (KJV) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
James 4:7 (KJV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].