Monday, August 8, 2011

Free to Dance

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds...  James 1:2

As most of you know, I had the privilege of attending the She Speaks Conference several weeks ago.  One of the breakout sessions I attended, led by Whitney Capps, was on Spiritual Warfare.  Upon returning home, I found Spiritual Warfare for Women:  Winning the battle for your home, family and friends wrapped up like a present in my mailbox.  God speaking maybe?

I'd say, yep, think so!  I started reading the book this week on vacation and He has really opened my eyes to the warfare stuff.   My struggles with fears I think are silly are not from Him, or from myself even, but from my enemy the devil.  He is out to get what he can from me, my testimony, my joy.  I've known this in my head, but upon reading this book by Leighann McCoy, my eyes and heart have been opened in a mighty way.

She warns to be on the alert when you figure out what Satan's doing, it's then he comes on even stronger.  I choose to claim the promises of God and declare Satan is not welcome in my thoughts or my life.  One central truth Leighann emphasizes is:
Every attack from the enemy brings with it a divine invitation from the sovereign hand of
God to learn by experience what love does.

What a concept!  If we can truly grasp the fact that everything the enemy throws our way can be an opportunity to experience God like we never have before...wow, what freedom we could have.  Free to dance...free to live...free to love...just free....I plan to keep muddling my way through this book and I plan to catch the devil in his schemes against me.

I was sent a copy of this book for review by the publisher (and I am SO glad I did-thanks God)! 

7 comments:

Jenifer said...

I love this: If we can truly grasp the fact that everything the enemy throws our way can be an opportunity to experience God like we never have before...wow, what freedom we could have.

So true!

Heidi said...

I agree, awesome concept! I want that freedom for myself!

Lisa said...

I love this Allison! When I'm aware enough to realize that satan is behind my problems, it usually gets me fired up and excited about God. But I don't always recognize or realize what is going on. I want to live more aware of the spiritual battle and live in expectation of what God is going to do.

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Allison - As Christians we don't realize the power we have in Christ. This is a lovely post. Coming back to read it more thoroughly
God bless
Tracy

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

What a wonderful perspective that quote states Allison! If we choose to look at those attacks as opportunities to experience God's Presence in our lives, what freedom that is!

Great post!

Have a Blessed Day!

Eileen said...

Nice words. "Choosing to claim the promises of God" That's definitely the weapon we need to choose. Thanks!

Debbie Dillon said...

Perfect words for me today! Thanks so much for sharing - sounds like a wonderful book. I love it, "Every attack from the enemy brings with it a divine invitation from the sovereign hand of
God to learn by experience what love does." I want to experience the attacks with open eyes and realize that there's another side to them; that God's hand is reaching down and all I have to do is grasp it.