“Be on guard against the pit of self-pity. When you are weary or unwell, this demonic trap is the greatest danger you face. Don’t even go near the edge of the pit. Its edges crumble easily, and before you know it, you are on your way down. It is ever so much harder to get out of the pit than to keep a safe distance from it. That is why I tell you to be on guard. There are several ways to protect yourself from self-pity. When you are occupied with praising and thanking Me, it is impossible to feel sorry for yourself. Also, the closer you live to Me, the more distance there is between you and the pit. Live in the Light of My Presence by fixing your eyes on Me. Then you will be able to run with endurance the race that is set before you, without stumbling or falling.” Sarah Young – Jesus Calling
I have been reading from this devotional for several years now. Many times as I read them I can recall exactly where I was the year before. This week when I read this one it was as if it were the very first time I had ever read it. The Lord gave me fresh eyes to see and ears to hear, and I am very grateful. Listen friends, we have an enemy that is working hard to trap us and send us barrelling down into a bottomless pit. He knows that if he can get us there it is very difficult for us to get out. We have to be on guard and ready for the battle, and I love the truth that is spoken for us to hear. When you are occupied with praising and thanking Me, it is impossible to feel sorry for yourself.
So I am getting serious about my attitude of thankfulness. I have started a notepad at home and at work that I leave out with a pen ready for action. For every negative thought that I think towards myself or others, I am going to stop and write down three things I am grateful for. I am hopeful in doing so that I will see visibly many blessings that I have been given. I hope that it causes me to stop thinking negative thoughts, and I stay far away from the pit. I hope it keeps me walking close to My Father and helps me fix my eyes on Him. I hope that it keeps me running my race well, so I will not stumble and fall.
Here are some verses that I have written down on my notepad to remind me of His truth:
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7
“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.” – Psalm 89:15
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – I Thessalonians 5:18
I invite you to join me. Let’s get serious about our attitudes of gratitude. Think of the power that we will have against darkness when we are OVERJOYED with THANKS! It’s time to stop allowing the whispers of lies to enter into our thoughts. It’s time for us to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Are you ready? Put your armor on today (Ephesians 6)…clothe yourself with Christ (Romans 13:14) and let’s get out there and bring LIGHT into the darkness. We are MORE than CONQUERORS! (Romans 8:37)!
Precious Father, we come to you today with many thanks! We are grateful for the way you love us and speak to us. Thank you for giving me fresh eyes to see and ears to hear this week. Thank you for showing me how to be on guard and to battle the darkness with PRAISE and THANKSGIVING. Lord, I pray you stir many hearts to start their own notepad. We are tired of the whispers of lies that are being told to us. We are putting our armor on today, Lord! Clothe us in Christ and help us walk victoriously. We serve a mighty God who has already OVERCOME! Remind us of this truth often…we are more than conquerors through YOU who loves us. We love you too! Amen