The struggle is real! 

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. Romans 7:25
I am hoping some of my brothers and sisters can agree with me on this one…
I am not even going to ask (-if) this has ever happened to you because I know it has! For the sake of not offending anyone I am going to use me for the example.
So here I am let’s just say on a Wednesday; in the morning I begin my day in intercessory prayer, maybe even some worship and all seems good. Now at the end of the day I find myself tired, a little grumpy and defenseless. Before I know it I am swimming in a pool of filth in my mind……?!
Maybe daydreaming about my past sins, having super terrible thoughts about another person, contemplating actions that completely grind against the Glory of God. (I’ll save you all the details) you can only imagine where your mind has wondered before…..
Point is, it happens! Hopefully not too often, but it happens.
…. all the emotions from that sin seem to come alive, I feel very anxious and fearful. I feel sick to my stomach. I feel frustrated and sad. I have to fight to mentally align myself with what the Lord has said about me. And not pick any of it up and put any of it on.
The bible says: For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
I find myself in this muck! And by fighting I try to utter the Name Jesus… It’s hard though…it’s really hard. No one can say that it is easy. We need to be strong and MOST importantly armed with the SWORD that is double edged called THE WORD OF GOD.
If you seem like you are one who can’t fight! Ohhh man let me tell you that knowing the word and declaring it out loud in the middle of a wrestling match is like flicking a fly off your table! You will tower over the issue in your spirit! This takes time; just like mastering an art or a family recipe.
I remember when I was brand new to the Word and I was talking with Pastor Dave Baker; I was all excited telling him that I read a whole chapter in the bible, and he kind chuckled and then said with concerning eyes, “Lyssa, I want you to read one small paragraph over and over and really get it.” I was sort of shocked, but as I began to do that I realized that that one small chunk held so much, and as I meditated on that one small section, it stayed in my heart and I’ve never lost it. And at times when ministering to someone in love or fighting a war, these scriptures bubble up in my heart and as I speak them out, I am amazed by it all.
I sure hope this encourages someone today, stop comparing yourself to others, we are all flawed in ourselves, but we are made perfect in Him. 

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1 Peter 5:9
Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.

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