Thursday, January 23, 2014

I Said to the Devil...

I pressed the gas pedal but instead of accelerating, the car slowed down. "There is something wrong with my new car. What if it stops altogether?" I thought driving in the middle lane of the highway. Fear wrenched my stomach. I stepped on the pedal and it slowed down back again. Maneuvering to a slower lane, I felt my heart in my throat. Fear found a permanent seat in my head and began its monologue: "Now, where is your God to rescue you from trouble. Didn't you pray this morning asking him to protect you?"
       Shaking, I still remembered what the bible says about situations like this in Psalm 91(MSG), " Say this: 'God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe! That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe.'
       I turned to the enemy in my head and told him, "Devil, this is what God says. Also, you have already been defeated at the cross of Jesus Christ! (John 19:30)
       I walk by faith in the victory that is already mine. Get out of my head and my car, in Jesus' name!"
I had no more problems with the car.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Can You Sleep Well?

"I don't pray enough,"  I sometimes think when I don't get an answer to my prayers right away. Well, the truth is that it's not the length of my prayer that counts, but its strength. It's not about praying enough. It's about praying the Word of God, reminding Him of His promises. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
       For many years I've been plagued by insomnia. Now I pray the words of Psalm 4:7-8, " You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe."
       And I never forget to add, "Amen!"

Photo credit:Duncan Hull. Babies Sleep in the Weirdest Positions.2005.