Encircle Me

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There are some days that are harder than others. There are some days when self-doubt and fear drum away in the corner of my mind. There are some days when accusation and anxiety clash their cymbals over and over again, raising a ruckus. There are some days when a chorus of insecurity plays over and over again.

The longer I let myself sit as an audience to this band of reproach, the louder and more enthusiastically they play.

So here’s what I do these days. I reach for God’s Word. I reach for the words of Spirit and Life.  When I refuse to give ear to the uninvited band and open my heart to the voice of Jesus, a different song begins to play.

When I encircle myself with the truth of what God speaks to me, about me, and for me, insecurity becomes confidence in who He is, in who He says I am.  Self-doubt becomes His perfect strength in my weakness. Accusation becomes my story of redemption, the melody of grace.  Anxiety becomes faith in His goodness, in His purpose for me. The fullness of His love leaves no room for fear.

It’s a choice for me – and some days it’s a fight – to resist the lies and to purposefully tune into the words of truth.

But these words are our defense and our greatest weapon against the darkness that tries to infiltrate our hearts. And when we pick them up, when we open our ears to Him and ask Him for a new song – even in the presence of our enemies, He lifts up our heads and puts our feet on steady ground. He is near to us when we call Him, our help and our strong Deliverer. We are more than conquerors – we have overwhelming victory – over all these things through the Savior who loves us.

I’m holding onto this book even more tightly these days, and His words daily hold me together.

Wrap us in Your truth, God. Hold our hands steady as we hold Your word. Open our ears to hear the song You sing over us, the song of deliverance and delight. 

For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With His love, He will calm all your fears.
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”-Zephaniah 3:17, NLT

 

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5 thoughts on “Encircle Me

  1. Amen & amen! And thank you, Christie, this is Truth I needed to hear today, and have “drummed” into the forefront of my mind & heart, rather than that “uninvited band”. What an apt description! Praise be to the God Who never leaves us alone and gives us His living Word!

    1. I’m SO thankful that He doesn’t leave us alone…I think it’s in the 27th Psalm where David says “I would have lost heart unless I believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”…He always shows up with that goodness, doesn’t He? Here’s to hearing the song of deliverance and never losing heart. ❤

  2. Keep speaking Truth Christie! I have created Words to Live By filled with spiritual truths and scripture that I try and say every day. I have tailored them to what particular struggles I have, His Word really defeats strongholds!

    1. Thanks for visiting, LeNae…what a great idea to already have the verses that help you most already together for when you need them. I’m so thankful for the power and life in His Word!

  3. Intentional faith – it makes all the difference, doesn’t it? I can so relate to “those” days and the difference it makes to take my eyes off myself and focus on God. Someone once told me that our insecurity and doubt is actually a very sneaky form of pride – because it’s all about us. I’m with you – let’s turn our thoughts toward God and let the truth of who we are in Him shine! Great post, Christie!

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