Thursday, May 31, 2012

Portion of Triumph

A Daily Portion

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.  -Psalms 3:3

These past couple of weeks I have been reading a book by Joyce Meyer that talks about the mind being a battlefield, and how we should take control of our thoughts because the devil always wants to attack our mind with negative thoughts. I'm sure many of you have heard about the book and maybe even some have read it.  It's very good, she shares her experience in a simple and real way. There are so many treasures in that book, but I have felt the need, for the last few days, to write about having positive thoughts and not letting the devil attack us with negativity.

Psalms 3:3 says that God is our glory, and He lifts our head high! It's wonderful to know that God surrounds us! We can live in peace, knowing that God surrounds like like a shield. He lifts our head high! I like that version, because that's how we should always see it. He lifts our head high! Why? What does that have to do with negativity? Plenty! When we get depressed,  the word says it all de-pressed; press down, sink down... When negative thoughts come into our mind, suddenly the first thing that happens is that we lower our head, our face saddens and our body sinks down. And it's all because the negative thoughts are depressing us, and we know who wants to bring us down, the devil! But God never said we should allow that to happen. On the contrary, He said: And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath ... [Deut. 28:13] If it were not important, God would not mention it so much!

Lifting up the head, being above and not beneath, this is how God created us, how He made us to be. But what has happened is that the devil, trying to steal our identity, he always wants to confuse us, lie to us and depress us, so we don't have the will or want to live a victorious, triumphant life. The act of lifting the head means that we are secure, we are confident and we know who we are and where we are going. And the best part is that God is the One who lifts our head!! In the midst of the attack with depression, it is God who comes to lift our head, it is God who puts us above and not beneath and He has always done so! He not only lifts our head, but he lifts our mood, our heart, our hope, our attitude... Our strength comes from Him. He is our glory, He lifts us up! 

We will always have those negative thought attacks. We will always have certain situations come into our lives, the ones that want to depress us and put us down, but we have to overcome them and confess with our mouth and our heart Psalm 3:3 and declare that it is God who lifts my head! In the middle of affliction and opression, He lifts my head! In the middle of sickness or crisis, He lifts my head. To be able to know and understand the strategies of the enemy, and to know that he is always looking for ways to destroy us is necessary in this battle, because if we are always alert to his strategies, we won't let the "downs" take control of us. When those "downs" come to your life, lift up your head and shout that God is your shield, He is your glory and the lifter of your head!!

I declare over your life victory and triumph! I declare that you rise up like never before and that you conquer those territories that seemed impossible before. I declare that your mind and your thoughts are full of peace and trust in Christ! Rise up, go and conquer, triumph is yours!

It is my prayer that this reflection be a part of your daily portion.

Love & Blessings,

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