Today's Devotional Thought
November 06, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
I Am Not Alone
Over the years, I have begun to identify a few key ways that Satan tries to devour me. Early on, I didn't always recognize them as tactics of the enemy, but as I have walked with the Lord, He has tipped me off to the Devil's schemes.
Usually Satan's attempts to distract me or defeat me come in the form of lies he whispers. Either lies about myself or lies about my Heavenly Father or lies about the outcome of this fierce battle we are all fighting. Sometimes, he uses half-truths or even truths about myself to get me off track.
I have learned the lies he typically whispers to me.
And I have learned how to fight them.
Word. Of. God.
This week, my husband has been traveling for work and my parents are out of the country on a foreign mission trip. And, while I consider myself a pretty independent person and able to handle things well on my own, I found the absence of these key players in my life saddening yesterday. I had been doing pretty well juggling the kids and their activities and normal household hassles...basically doing the single parent thing for three days. But for some reason, I felt this overwhelming feeling of aloneness late yesterday afternoon and into the evening and by the time bedtime hit, I was under a flat out attack from the enemy.
And I felt so alone.
I knew what it was. And, I was feeling pretty worn by it.
And that is when I started swinging my sword.
You see, I knew the enemy was whispering to my spirit that I was all alone. And while I felt all alone, I knew that even if every single person that I care about wasn't around, that I was most certainly not alone. I knew that my God was right there with me. And as the enemy tried to tempt me into thinking that I was alone, I recollected all of the verses that refuted that lie.
And I started saying them...
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20b)
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:7-10)
And then the Lord brought to mind one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite singers, Natalie Grant. I want to share that song with you today and with this song, I want to remind you of the power of God's Word and the truth found in it. I battled last night. I knew what I was being tempted to feel and believe was coming from the enemy. And I knew that it was a lie. This morning, may I speak into one of the many lies of Satan by telling you that you are not alone. No matter how your circumstances appear or who appears to be around you, you, my sweet sister, are most certainly not alone.
God's Word tells us that.
Natalie Grant - I Am Not Alone from natalie-grant on GodTube.