The last couple of weeks have been really tough for me. I’d like to think that this season of my life is coming to an end. Satan has put up a really good fight, really trying to pull me away from God. I would like to think that I never gave into the enemy, but I know that I’ve listened to a number of his lies. The thing is I know what God’s truth is to speak against the lies the enemy so often feeds into my thoughts.
This battle has been part of an intense spiritual warfare. There have been a couple of nights that if it wasn’t for God’s grace and strength, I would have not made it through in one piece. I’m thankful that when I am weak, He is strong. I am thankful that when I need Him, all I have to do is call out His name and He is there. I can tell Him anything at any time.
Just because I know God’s truths doesn’t mean that I don’t go astray. The lies Satan wraps around me are lies that I’ve believed for many years. Some lies are very difficult for me to get away from, and when I’m down, I’m more likely to believe them. Isn’t that how Satan is though?
Today though, I knew I faced a decision that I had to make. I remembered the story of Jesus healing the man at the pool. Jesus makes a very strong command in John 5:8. He told the man to “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At this command, the man got up, picked up his mat, and walked. A man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years got up and walked! While I wasn’t an invalid, I was held down by my emotions and feelings. They were consuming me. I knew I had to make the choice of staying on my mat where I was miserable, or I could pick up my mat and walk with Jesus.
I knew the right choice was to pick up my mat and get to walking. The healing that I know I need during this season isn’t going to happen if I sit and refuse anything and everything coming my way. God is working; He is bringing people into my path, He has shown me in His Word just what I need when I am willing to open my Bible and read instead of just letting it sit on my desk. Sitting on my mat and making excuses is not God’s plan, but His plan can’t happen unless I’m focused on Him.
Is there something keeping you on your mat? Are you ready to pick your mat up and walk?