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Wings of Hope by BJ Reese
“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; His truth shall be they shield and buckler.” ~ Psalms 91:4
Have you ever noticed what happens when you realize you’ve had several great days in a row? You know the kind: everything is humming along smoothly, your loved ones seem to have their lives working, and you find yourself in a perpetually AWESOME mood. It seems like as soon as you notice it, the whole thing begins to unravel. It starts simply enough. Some little thing upsets you. For me, it can be as simple as realizing I’ve misplaced some paper or note I want to review. That can be all it takes to begin to throw me off balance. While I’m obsessing over the missing paper, there seems to be a snowball effect. You’ve probably seen it, too. A minor upset spawns other things that add to your sense of imbalance and loss of focus. It may be something you heard on the news, or a comment someone made to you. Maybe your car broke down or an appliance suddenly stopped working. An unexpected expense threatens to unravel your carefully planned budget. Or word of a loved one’s problems takes a stab at your heart. Whatever it is that starts the ball rolling, it soon seems like your string of ‘great’ days might be over. We’ve all experienced this scenario at one time or another in our lives. If we are honest with ourselves, it’s happened more than once. The most recent example of this ‘phenomenon’ in my life began a few months ago – shortly after I released my new book. Once the book came back from the printer’s, I found myself existing in a state of pure joy. The sense of peace and happiness I felt were beyond anything I could ever describe. There was no doubt in my mind that only God could have created such a feeling. For weeks, everything I encountered was met with the glorious peace that comes from knowing that He was in charge of my life. Then, I noticed a subtle change taking place. Tiny doubts would creep into my mind about seemingly minor things. Or, I’d find myself worrying about things that haven’t bothered me in years. Fear would pop up out of nowhere. After a few days of this, I realized what was going on. I had once read a statement that stuck with me: “Every time you begin a work for God, Satan sends a storm.” When that thought crossed my mind again, I recognized how it fit what was happening to me. My new book had been dedicated to God. I had lifted it up to Him, to use in whatever way He chose to. When it was finished, I collapsed into absolute surrender over its journey. The result was the most powerful state of joy and peace I’ve ever felt in my life. It was like being wrapped up in joy – as though it was a physical, palpable thing. That kind of glorious light and power must be frustrating to the enemy. It seemed I could feel his frustration in my daily life. It came in the form of persistent, relentless attempts to wriggle his way in, where he could pull me away from God. Whatever God’s plan for this book was, it must be huge – and amazing – because the enemy was working REALLY hard to pull me away from Him, and away from that peace. Whenever one attempt failed, he would try something else.
When I felt fear creeping in, I ran to God with it, asking for strength and protection from the attack and the return of His Peace. Once that “hole” was plugged up, I felt doubt slithering in through another small gap in my armor. I handled that the same way, crying out to my Father for help and reinforcement. Then came worry; sadness; regret; and offense, each in its own turn. Each trying to shatter my faith and tear me away from God. In truth, this sort of thing happens in all of our lives every day. And the more devoted we are to God – to walking with Him – the harder the enemy tries. Scripture told us this would happen. It also told us where to find solace: “These things I have spoke to you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
Therefore, in order to overcome the attack, run swiftly and consistently to the one place you will feel safe. The one place where Peace ALWAYS exists. Turn to God. Lift those troubles to Him. Give Him all those negative, destructive emotions. Since our Lord has already overcome this world, He knows just how to protect us from it. Through Him, we can survive ANY attack the enemy launches.
See you next time . . . To His Glory……………..BJ Reese
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