Well friends - we made it. The husband, Toddler, Tiny human and myself made the voyage from Cincinnati OH to Myrtle Beach, SC. In the weeks before we actually pulled out of the driveway my thoughts were racing with items to bring, items to buy once we arrived and items we simply couldn't do without. Day after day my list seemed to grow, items for the tiniest human seemed to consume the majority of the paper. But we made it our of the door with most of the things I had written down - there is only so much room in a truck bed y'all!
Anywho - While we began to drive our daughter became content watching DVD's, and our infant son snoozed the night away in his carseat. You would think that my mind was at ease - but it wasn't. Despite the calm atmosphere and Tony Evans audio book playing through the speakers I couldn't seem to rest. Deep breathing exercises didn't do it, my mind raced with worry. I began to pray and ask the Lord to help me simply enjoy these moments and I reached for my phone and text my momma. (Y'all I dont know where I would be without this prayin' woman) I asked her to cover me in prayer. And then I remembered the simple statement my Dad made on Friday as I exited the office; "You're either protected or you're not."
This comment came after a thoughtful pause in conversation that interrupted my worry - "Pray for us, pray for the kids, that they do okay, and that we make it safely..." After each request my Dad responded with "We do", reminding me that He and my mother are always covering us in prayer. Despite the reassurance I admitted "I am trying not to worry, but I am not doing a very good job.." "Well Crystal." He began, "You're either protected or you're not. Plain as that."
His words stopped me in my tracks. Profound, simple, and oh-so-true.
In fact, later along on the drive I began reading "Your life follows your words" by our lovely Pastor Darlene Bishop she same seemed to echo the same assurance that my Dad spoke form just the day before.
You see, they both took the stance that I feel we so often miss in our Christian walk (hey girl, dont worry - Im right there with you). They took possession of the promises that the Word offers us, rather than begging God for something he's already given us.
I know - but stay with me.
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives so I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." - John 14:27
"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. -Psalms 18:30
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." -Psalms 18:2
It seems that just from those mere three scriptures, The Lord has certainly given us protection and peace. While I was searching His word for reassurance I found a new favorite, check this out out-
"The angel of all the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him and Delivers them." -Psalms 34:7 NKJV Now, you know I love the amplified, lets see how it states this promise : "The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of then He delivers." - Psalms 34:7 AMPC
Okay come back, are you doing laps around your room shouting? Well - maybe you should take a praise break - go ahead...!
You see? God's word tells us we already have these things, yet at times we forget to walk in their authority. For example - The resort where we are staying on vacation used to only be available to owners, now you can rent a condo for a weeks time even if you aren't a resort owner. Since they made this change there are certain amenities that are only available to resort owners. As owners we can take advantage of these "perks" by showing our ID. The resort employee then can look up our name and see that we are indeed resort owners we have have unlimited access to the "perks". This is how it works in the kingdom. We have an all-access pass to the "perks" because the Blood of Jesus is applied to our lives. What are his perks? Well, possibly too many to list in this blog post - but two perks I need reminding of (more often than I'd like to admit) are Peace & Protection.
There's another piece to this puzzle though. It isn't enough to simply have access to the perks, one must take ahold of these things, which is why I had to refuse the thoughts of anxiety and worry, and remind myself of Gods Goodness, Grace, Protection, and even remind myself of the times He's brought me through before. At times I think God must simply sigh when we ask Him for things He's already given us. I can nearly hear that audible sigh, can't you? It sounds strangely similar to the sigh that proceeds rom my mouth when he daughter asks me for something she already has. Just the other day she asked for a certain toy, I literally sighed and said "Addyson, you already have that toy. Its in your room on your shelf" "Oh!" she giggles, "I forgot, sorry Mom"
You see, Friend? Just as my daughter already had it, and yet was still asking for it... I dare say we already have the things we so frequently ask God for. Now am I preaching against asking God for protection or other things? Heavens, No! But what I am saying is that it's time we, as a body, begin walking in the victory that Jesus already won for us. There was no need for me to pray that God would give me peace because His word says He's already Given it to me. Instead I am praying - Lord I thank you for your peace that your Word says is mine. Help me to walk in it. I rebuke anxiety or any other anxious thought and I speak your peace to my mind in the name of Jesus. I can have what you say I can have, and I know you desires for me to walk in your peace."
What is it that God is speaking to you about, in this moment ? What words in your prayer life should shift from asking to declaring? Unsure of His promised for you? Spend time in His word. Unsure where to start? Start in the Psalms, or Proverbs... or begin in Matthew reading the words of Jesus. The enemy has been roaming in fields that He shouldn't have access to. Close up your mind from thoughts that bring anxiety, worry, and fear. Fill it with the goodness of His word and his promises for you. Because you my friend - are MORE than enough.
Until Next Time, Crystal