Last year when I attended the She Speaks Writers Conference, Lysa TerKeurst said that when you are working for God, be ready to be attacked by the devil. If you are writing a marriage book, be ready for a rocky road in your marriage. If you are writing a parenting book, your little darling may turn into a little dickens. The devil will attack you to make you insecure and in hopes of not letting you complete your work for God.
Two weeks ago, on a Wednesday night I wrote my thankful Thursday post and said I'd been faithful in exercise & Bible reading. I even gave God the glory. The next morning, when my thankful Thursday posted, I missed my workout. I then literally lost my Bible. I couldn't find it. I got behind in my reading more than a few days. (yes, I have more than 1 Bible, but my reading guide was inside of my lost Bible).
I've since found my Bible and caught up again (and gotten behind again too...I'm currently 5 days behind in my reading, or 10 chapters of Leviticus no less!) I had to miss a 2nd day at the gym to go on the field trip to the Circus with my daughters.
I feel a desire to "beat myself up" over these failures. Yet, I know that is exactly what the devil wants. He wants me to just quit. He wants my attitude to say "I'm so far behind I'll never catch up!" and give up. But I won't quit, with God's help.
I reminded of the lyrics from "Might to Save.*" It says to God, "So take me as You find me, All my fears & failures, Fill my life again. I give my life to follow, Everything I believe in, Now I surrender (I surrender)."
I am weak, and I can be lazy. I don't like exercising, and the Old Testament is hard reading! Yet, there is power in God. I must be strong in His power. So today, I will fight the devil.
Ephesians 6:10,11 -- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
James 4:7 -- Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
*If you haven't heard this powerful song, here is a video: