I haven't slept in two days. The past two nights I wake every 2 hours in fear and worry. Here's the thing... I'm not a worrier and I'm not a fearful person. If I worry I know to hand that problem over to JC and I trust him with it and my life. So, to wake in fear is new to me.
How he attacks-
1. Mom-shaming- You aren't good enough, you aren't doing enough.
2. Wife-shaming- You aren't good enough...
3. Sinful life- for some reason I can't remember what happened yesterday but I can remember every stupid thing I've done in my past, all the embarrassing moments, and all the stupid things I've said... He uses that against me.
4. He is not going to help you... (as in JC is not...)
5. J could have a seizure any second...
So at night when I lay awake he goes through that list... And JC and I work through it. Sometimes I just call out his name and he takes it away.
There is power in his name!
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. - Luke 10:17
When I get dressed in the morning I always imagine I'm putting on my armor. I've never thought of the Armor of God as something we don't take off. We need to always be prepared.
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. -
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble- Psalm 46:1