Devotions, WRITING

Psalm 23:3

I have for the past several weeks felt so anxious and stressed. I know it has a lot to do with the emotional battle that comes along with the physical battle that I’m dealing with. It has gotten to where my chest constantly feels tight and I’m stressed at all times. It has also produced chest pains. I hate feeling so anxious all the time.

This morning I spent some time listening to Joyce Meyer. She has an awesome video podcast that you can follow along with for free on itunes. This morning she was speaking about the Armor of God. I have for a while been wanting to do a study on the armor so I was very excited that was her topic. Here is what really got my attention, the breastplate of righteousness.

She made the statement that if we don’t have the breastplate on then our heart is not covered. Righteousness is a gift from God for every Christian through the blood of Jesus Christ. All that God asks of us is that we accept His gift and work with the spirit daily to do what is right in His name. Get up every day and make an effort to do the right thing not to EARN something from God but just doing it because He is God and it is right. I know it sounds like I’m saying the same thing over and over just in a different way but I NEED to get this. I NEED to get this down on the inside of me and in my heart. Then when I put on the breastplate of righteousness my heart will be guarded against the enemy. If the devil can make you feel bad about yourself he will trick you into thinking wrong mentality’s about yourself and life. If he has been able to trick you then your heart wasn’t guarded and you didn’t put on your breastplate. When your in this kind of cycle it feels like you can’t hear God because your listening to so many of the devil’s lies and when you go to God your going to Him out of the wrong reasons. You have to know who YOU are in CHRIST! Before you see victory you have to know that God gives you victory!!! When you get the victorious spirit in you then there is nothing that can hold you back!

So this is where I am at. I need to put on my breastplate of righteousness. Realize who I am in Christ! I don’t know how I forgot that along the way. I now realize I have been listening to a lot of the devil’s lies. I’m determined to walk in victory and in order to do so I have to with all my being know that with God I will walk in victory. Not just over the physical things in my life right now but also the emotional and spiritual battles that are raging at the same time.

A friend of mine gave me a couple scriptures tonight that just really spoke to me and God really shined through and just touched my heart with them. Its the same verse just in two different translations.

“true to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction” Psalm 23:3 (message)

I for the past few weeks literally feel short of breath! I was just talking to David about its why I feel like I can’t sleep at night. I’m going to dwell on this verse every night and every morning!

“He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness (upright standing with him-not standing by earning it, but) for His name’s sake” Psalm 23:3 (Amplified)

God refreshes me not only my life by my self (my MIND). God will lead me in the path of right standing with Him. Its not based on what I can do for him to get there but just given to me as a gift as it is for all of us. I find this VERY encouraging right now.

I hope this blog has encouraged someone, anyone else out there dealing with life situations, stress, or circumstances that seem like can’t be beat. I’m not perfect I’m right there with you but we have to realize. WE ARE RIGHTEOUS and WE are MADE RIGHTEOUS through HIM!!!!

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