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Chapter Three: “DON’T GIVE UP!”
Joyce Myers tells us: “No matter how bad the condition of our life and our mind, don’t give up! Regain the territory the devil has stolen from us. If necessary, regain it one inch at a time, always leaning on God’s grace and not on our own ability to get the desire results.”
If there is anything I am familiar with that is giving up! I spent many years trying to do things my way because I thought I had the best laid plains and no one could tell me any different, not even God! When I started to see things not going the way I wanted them to I abandon ship and ran.
Or when things got tough I gave up too. It was easier to run than it was to stand there and fight. Besides in my mind back then I couldn’t see anything positive coming from a negative, so why even bother. The two in my world didn’t add up for me so I gave up and walked away before I gave it a chance to see if anything good could come out of a negative.
It was not till I met God two years ago that He made me realized that I had an enemy (devil) besides myself trying to destroy everything I ever wanted. When I say I was my very own enemy, what I mean; is if we are not careful we can tear our own selves down too by just believing the lies the devil is telling us and not listening to God instead.
Trust me I did for it years thirty-four and half years to be exact. God would extend His hand and I would slap it and run like the devil I was because I thought I knew better and no one was going to make me change, including God!
Funny thing is ( not ha ha funny) God has His ways of making you see that His ways is what’s best for you, but you got to zip up your mouth and listen to Him. It requires you working with Him and not against Him. Let me tell you when you start working with God the devil goes from being your friend to becoming your enemy!
You have chosen God over him and now he is piss! Things are really going to get rough before they become smooth, but it will always be like this. This is where not giving up and letting the devil win comes in. Once you have begun the war it’s now up to you to let God use you to finish what has been started for His greater glory and for your good.
Always remember God is with us: I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you. Isaiah 43:2 (HCSB)
Always remember God’s promises to us: Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
Joyce Meyers reminds us: “ To just think we have God on our team. I believe He is the best “computer programmer” around ( Our mind is like a computer that has had a lifetime of garbage program into it.) God is working on us if we have invited Him to have control of our thoughts. He is reprogramming our minds. Just keep cooperating with Him- and don’t give up!
Remember everything takes time and nothing ever happens over night. It took me thirty-four and half years to run and two years to finally listen to God and work with Him. I was the poster child of America the loser who would never be anything but a bum.
But look what God is doing with me now using me to lead other woman, using me to show my family there is more to this life then just pain and sorrow and to show others just what God can do through you if you only give Him a chance and not give up!
These last two years have not been easy at all but I was determine to not let the devil steal from me ever again what was rightfully mines, my inheritance as a Child of most High King Jesus!
I had to tell myself everyday God did not bring me out of hell to put me back into more hell and devil your just going have to get a stepping because I am done with his lies!
I had to keep my mind focus on God reading His word, listening to preaching, reading Christian books that could help me and praying otherwise the devil would have gotten me and he would have had won.
But I choose to: Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV) And the blessing that have been poured upon me words could never explain.
Ladies the choice is yours now: Are you going to stand up and “fight the good fight of faith” and not give up? Or are you going to bow down to Satan again and let him have victory over your life again?
If have chosen not to give up please say this prayer with me:
I am in this for the long haul no matter what it takes I will obey you and do as you say. I will not quit! I will not let Satan defeat me and I will stand up to him. Father I give you permission to do whatever is you need to do with me to mold me into the person You created me to be. I am scarfing myself to You Father and I am asking that you will renew my mind, heart, and soul. I need You in my life without you I am nothing. I have messed up my life, I have sinned against You, I have hurt others and I have hurt myself and I ask for Your Forgiveness. Father help me to decrease so that You may increase in my life. I thank You for all You have done for me and saving me from Hell. I will not give up to the victory is complete in Jesus name Amen
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Love Always One Of God’s Children 9/3/2013