The enemy’s plans aren’t new. He wants to frighten, embitter, and exhaust you out of God’s joy, peace, and patience. I think he loves trying to turn post-holiday malaise into a toxic bitterness that will last the whole year. So how do you stop him?
Stay in love.
You really are loved. With infinitely greater power than any personal attacks, political corruption, or pandemic overload, you are completely, perfectly, unceasingly loved.
Take a deep breath. Know that because you are in God’s love, everything the enemy tries to do to you is subject to that love. And so is every negative circumstance, every negative person, and every negative thought in your own head.
Stay in love. Determine to live, move, and keep your identity in the love of Jesus. Focus on his voice, rather than the enemy’s lies. Pray for those who have judged, rejected, and intimidated you. Bless them, and refuse to be their enemy. Hate will be intimidated by your unyielding joy, rejection disempowered by your purposeful peace, and fear paralyzed by your ferocious love. This day is yours to live fully with God, and you can refuse to let the enemy steal one moment of it.