What do you do when it feels like the enemy is trying to discourage you, defeat you, or silence your voice?
Let me explain…
Last weekend, I got up early Saturday morning with a post running through my head. I was so excited to share this message with you as I
The words flowed easily as verses came to mind and thoughts came together.
Four hours later, the post How to Go from Victim to Victory was only a few short sentences from completion when my screen went white … except for those blank screen
The “Aw Snap. Something went wrong.”
I’d been saving consistently throughout the morning; so, I wasn’t worried as I clicked the reload button. But nothing happened.
So, I refreshed the page.
And as the page reappeared … EVERYTHING WAS GONE! All the words, all the points, headings, title … everything had c
Now, I’ve lost things before and it’s always upsetting but this time I just burst into tears. I’d poured myself out into words of encouragement, faith, and hope and they were all gone.
I tried to recall what I’d written but I couldn’t even remember all of my main points let alone the verses I’d added.
Truth is … I was too discouraged to start again.
So, I made a few notes, walked away from my computer, took a deep breath and asked God to give me a better perspective and an improved attitude.
When I returned to my desk, I decided to move on to a different post. And spent all afternoon working on rewriting another post that needed an update.
I’ll save you all the gory details but when I went back to my office to write the final paragraphs and add my graphics the following afternoon…
I had a NIGHTMARE REPEAT! Yep, “Aw Snap” And everything was gone!
So, let me ask you again.
What do you do when you feel like the enemy is trying to discourage you, defeat you, or silence your voice?
Because at that moment … I was feeling very discouraged and defeated.
You and I are called to tell others about God’s love for them.
“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”Mark 16:15
You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.1 Peter 3:15
That’s why I tell my story.
A simple story of transformation.
A story of the way God allowed my heart to be broken through a great sadness so He could heal me and give me something even better.
Of the way He allowed me to lose what I believed I needed at the time so He could assure me that I already had something that could never be lost or taken away.
And my friend, you have a story of transformation, too!
- Of God’s love and healing grace.
- Of the transforming sacrificial love of Jesus.
- Of the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Of loss leading to a new life.
- Of failure to freedom.
- Of victim to victory.
- Of hopelessness to hope.
- Of anxiety to peace.
- Of weakness to strength.
- Of fear to faith.
- Of _______________.
The list of possible stories is as endless as the number of uniquely and wonderfully made people God created.
So, I won’t give up. As long as God allows, I will continue to tell my story.
No matter how often satan tries to discourage me to give up, to quit … to be silent; I will push through.
I will pray and ask God to give me strength. I will ask Him to replace discouragement with courage. And I will ask Him to use my story of hope to touch lives for His glory.
I want to encourage you to pray and push through discouragement and spiritual attacks, too. I so wish I could sit across the table with you, look into your eyes and tell you…
Never stop telling your story.
Why? Because your story is of the transforming message of God’s love and that my friend is the powerful truth-filled word of life that is so desperately needed in today’s dying world.
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears what I say and believes in the One who sent me has eternal life. That person will not be judged guilty but has already left death and entered life.”John 5:24 (NCV)
There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to HRomans 8:1–2
im, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.Ephesians 3:19
And if you think you’re not enough or that your story won’t make a difference, look at the next verse…
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.Ephesians 3:20
It’s not the power of your words or mine. It’s not even the power of our stories.
It’s the power of God!
The power of the One who is able to use your story and mine to touch hearts and minds for His glory.
So no matter how hard or frustrating. No matter how often the enemy tries to silence you…
Never stop telling your story!
Oh, and one last thing … I wrote this and saved it in Pages and I’m getting help to figure out what in the world is going on with those technology problems causing the frustrating disappearance of my posts.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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