Summer came early to the Texas Hill Country this year. Triple digit temperatures are predicted for the second week in a row…and it’s only the first week of June!
An extremely hot and dry summer is the forecast, which will place the area in a severe drought situation. Again!
From 2011-2015 we experienced a drought that took our water source, Lake Travis, to a level 60 feet below the full mark!
Several years ago, I wrote a daily devotional titled Dancing in the Drought. Coincidentally, the 3 ½ years spent writing and compiling the devotional fell smack dab during that drought.
While most of central Texas endured the physical drought, I was suffering from a spiritual drought.
Writing the devotions for that book was my saving grace. Through the time spent with God…in His word and at His feet…the healing came that I so desperately needed.
My purpose was to simply write my God stories. God’s purpose was our journey together!
Five years have passed since completing that devotional. While it looks like we are on the verge of another physical drought in the Texas Hill Country, I have already spiraled into another spiritual drought of my own.
What would I do this time around to battle this spiritual attack?
Ephesians 6:11 came to mind:
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand the schemes of the devil.
- Fasten the belt of truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness. (vs 14)
- In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish the flaming darts of the evil one. (vs 16)
However, I was having a difficult time feeling “worthy” to be in His presence. I was struggling with reoccurring sin. Didn’t feel I was living up to His expectations. Not doing enough to honor Him or glorify Him.
Of course, nothing I can do will ever make me good enough for God. There wouldn’t have been any point in Jesus’ death on the cross if there were.
The flaming darts from the evil one penetrated right through that shield of faith, interfering with my relationship with Jesus in my heart. My belt of truth, my identity in Christ, slipped off and the lies from Satan were clamoring in my head.
How had I forgotten the statements reinforcing who God says I am?
I am loved. 1 John 3:3
I am a child of God. John 1:12
I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
I am redeemed and forgiven. Colossians 1:14
I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do. Philippians 2:13
I have been set free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
I have a place in my Father’s house. John 14:2
I am chosen by God. 1 Thessalonians 1:4
I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me. Hebrews 13:5
I am a joint heir with Jesus. Romans 8:17
I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
I am a new creation because I am in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need. James 1:5
Satan’s greatest desire is to get a foothold into the hearts of Christ followers. To keep us from walking in the fullness of what God intends for His children. While God’s greatest desire is for us to have a relationship with Him, Satan will do his best to interfere.
Back when I was writing my devotional, the Holy Spirit led me past the familiar words of Jeremiah 29:11, on to verses 12-13. These verses changed my life back then and they were just what I needed now: Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
I had allowed Satan to gain access to my heart, and he was determined to take up residence there. I might have been injured in my fight against his evil schemes, but I was not defeated!
God will hear the cries of my heart if I will just call out to Him in prayer. Earnestly seek Him. Confess that reoccurring sin and acknowledge the lies I had believed. Reaffirm the truths of who God says I am!
As I knelt in prayer on a recent night, I felt the most loving sensation. It was as if Jesus were there with me. I sensed His righteous right hand resting on my shoulder. Cleansing me, white as snow.
It was a feeling of love that surpasses all understanding!
Jesus has promised to never leave me or forsake me. But if my heart is filled with lies and sin, that’s all I see and feel. What a better way to start my day…with a heart softened to feel the love of Jesus and truths of who God says I am.
We recently started singing a new song in church…“Who You Say I Am” recorded by Hillsong Worship. If you have a few minutes, please listen. I bet you find yourself saying “I am who you say I am” over and over as you go through your day!