You’re a strong person. But lately, some of your circumstances have taken their toll. There have been days that drained you physically, emotionally, and spiritually until you had nothing left. Standing in the pain of the offenses, rejections, failures, and frustrations, all you can see are negative possibilities. Your mind runs away thinking about what horrible thing might happen next, and your heart seals itself in a bunker. You function, but you won’t risk being fully open to love, joy, and hope. Cynicism grows from a coping mechanism to a mindset to an identity.
But that’s not who you really are. God is love, and He is light. You’re His child, therefore so are you. You don’t have to fight on the turf the enemy has been choosing. Everywhere you go is holy ground. You get to live in and fight from God’s presence—from His love, joy, hope, peace, healing, wisdom, and grace.
The enemy has lied, saying you’ll be better prepared if you stay focused on protecting yourself from the worst possible scenarios. But all that does is overwhelm everyone with an atmosphere of anxiety and stress. You get to do the opposite. He gave you a brilliant, creative mind so you could recognize His provision in every circumstance, not so you could run wild with what might go wrong. You get to overwhelm every situation with His peace and rest. Those are nuclear weapons against the enemy. When you’re at rest in God’s love for you, it’s the enemy who becomes anxious, stressed, and frustrated.
“Our real battles aren’t against flesh and blood, and the weapons we use aren’t physical ones. They are supernaturally powerful truths of God, able to pull down any negative mindset, and recapture every thought that has run wild with the enemy’s lies about who God is for you. In Christ, you will become vengeance against the enemy and all he has done” (2 Corinthians 10.3-6, paraphrase).