False assumptions of freedom and christianity: when you give your life to Jesus and become free, attacks will still come at you. The difference is now there is hope, strength, and peace to get you through this life. No longer do you have to do life alone. No longer do you have to live in bondage. Think of freedom as physical. When something is physical, you have access to it: You can see it, touch it, taste it, hear it, or smell it.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Once we are free we no longer have to go back to the bondage we were once in. This doesn’t mean that the things of the past won’t come after us, in fact, I think that the enemy knows our weaknesses and attacks us in those specific areas or our giants. As long as we are on earth, we will have trouble because this earth is filled with sin and the enemy is here on earth.
Don't get discouraged
As soon as you think that you have put your giant to rest, you’ve got another one coming creeping out. Do you ever feel this way? I have had some struggles in the past couple of weeks.
My giant is finances. Just when I though I had defeated my giant, then something else happens. Things shift and I find myself dealing with the same issues that I have been working so hard to dissolve.
How do I deal with it and is it easy to deal with?
I am honest with God. I tell Him how I feel. I tell Him that I don’t understand and ask Him to tell me what He wants to teach me from these lessons. I know that God doesn’t get angry with me for the way I feel because so many of my brothers and sisters of the Bible felt the same way I do. When we go through our rough patches, Jesus honors our humility because He went through a lot of what we deal with.. He went through physical and emotional pain, to the point where He was sweating blood and pleading for God to take away the suffering. He felt abandoned and alone.
I do get upset with God, maybe not to the point of being mad at Him like I used to get, but we have a heart to heart for sure. My issue lately: I have been trying to live on a budget since the beginning of this year as I had shared with you guys but unexpected expenses kept on popping up. I am doing the best that i can and I am failing miserably. However, I keep trying. Out of 5 months, I was only able to stay on budget for February because it only has 28 days. Whoo-hoo. I do see a difference my heart. God is refining me for sure. After this is all done, I will come out so shiny and such awesome quality.
God ALLOWS us to go through the trouble but He doesn’t CAUSE the hardship in our lives.
But what do I do when I feel like i am suffocating and can’t breathe? Turn to scripture. When I had another episode of doubt and questioning God purpose in my life, God reminded me the scripture that I have studied. It was like a download into my spirit.
God doesn't always protect us from the attacks but He equips us to fight:
Our weapons are not against flesh and blood (Eps 6:12)
In prayer and thanksgiving, bring requests to God (Phil 4:6)
Get dressed for battle
16. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints. Ephesians 16-18
Be on guard! The enemy hates that you are free, so don't give him the advantage over you by giving into his crafty schemes.
Once I stopped my mind for the pity party, God remined me of how He got me out of the mess last time and that all I had to do was be faithful and stay strong in my trial and that He was going to get me out of this one again. I do believe Him, but it's still hard to wait. I am not very patient.
Guys it's ok to be upset, sad, hurt, or mad for a LITTLE while. Just know that what ever you are going through, it is ONLY FOR A SEASON. Hold on to the promises that God gave you. Keep speaking scripture over your life. Besides, you are already free, now be on guard so that you don't get caught up with the million of negative thoughts in your mind.
Thank you so much for visiting this post. May God bless you in every single area of your life!