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Surrounded

February 26, 2018

 

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about a lot of different things. Some things big, some things small, but thinking nonetheless. I often find myself thinking about life, about Jesus, about His plan for my life, about friends and family and my desire for them to be greatly impacted by the God I read about and hear people talking about all the time. I was once told at a young age that a person who thinks about God and Heaven all the time is known as a “Jesus Freak”. Well, I guess I’m a freak haha. I can’t help it. It’s the way I was created. It makes perfect sense that I often think about Heavenly things because I was created by the one who created the Heavens. Beautifully and strategically formed in the Creators image and placed on this earth for a temporary moment in time but for a purpose of epic proportions.

 

Even though life doesn’t seem epic sometimes…most of the time…I have this feeling deep down in my soul that He is about to start doing big things. And you know what’s funny to me? It’s often in these moments of great reassurance, rest and waiting on God’s plan for me to continue unfolding that the enemy throws his best distractions at me to get my mind and my heart off kilter. I say it’s funny because I am beginning to recognize the attempted distractions clearer and clearer the more I spend time with the one who fashioned me from water and dust into a trophy.

 

I’ve been listening to a song repeatedly lately that only has two lyrics sung over and over again. That might sound super repetitive and boring but I stinking love it. The lyrics are as follows: “This is how I fight my battles…It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by you.” As I continued to listen to the song it reminded me of the letter I wrote a couple of weeks ago about fighting battles and clothing myself with the armor of God to fight the enemy’s attacks. I began to wonder why I loved this song so much. Yeah, the song has awesome music and vocals but there was something deeper there. More than just words that go along with the rhythm. But what was it? And then, randomly one day, it hit me! These lyrics are proclaiming that one of the best ways for us to fight our battles is to be completely filled with unending praise and thankfulness, regardless of our situation. David wrote in Psalm 28 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” (Italic emphasis from me) When it feels like we’re surrounded, God wants us to know that He surrounds us. In the Old Testament, often times, God's people would send forth worshippers into battle first. Worship is the gateway for victory to enter. 

 

How do I fight my battles? I worship! I praise! Even in writing this letter I am filled with so much joy and thanksgiving that comes from the Lord. I am brought to tears just thinking of how God charges his angels to fight along side me and to worship with me. What a glorious feeling. Nothing is as strong as Jesus’ blood. That’s how I fight my battles. I fight alongside the one who already claimed the victory for me. As I worship him, the enemy is defeated every time.

 

I am surrounded by You. Thank you Lord. Amen.

 

 

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