Monday, March 2, 2009

Strongholds

Hey everyone! Some of you may be wondering where I have been. Let me tell you, no place fun.

I finished one of the books. (YEAH!!) I have been trying and trying and trying to work on the second one but to no avail. I've had nothing. Not one word! How was this possible? I finally got it. Two things were at work.

One - I was neglecting my quiet time with the Lord. Yep, for the Lover of my soul, I had no time. That is so very uncool. And as a result of that, I came smack face to face with a stronghold that seriously MUST be torn down.

One thing I must say. If you are struggling with a stronghold or secret sin, talk to a sister in Christ about it. As long as the enemy can keep you operating in the dark, He'll keep winning. The Word says, "..if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or more are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:19-20 NKJV) I've talked my situation over with a dear friend and she is helping me pray through this. I cherish her prayers, her friendship and her support.

Ladies, I tell you, it had a strangle hold on me. I've lost a few battles but I will not lose the war. Why? Because Jesus won't let me, that's why. I'm putting on my armor!! I've taken to reading through every single prayer card on the subject from Beth Moore's Praying God's Word. What power scripture has when you pray it and let it settle in your heart and mind.

I did a lot of repenting, confessing and praying this weekend. Finally, last night, I was able to write some. It wasn't a lot, but it was a lot more than I had done in the last three weeks. Today was another tough day. But you know what, Jesus was right there with me. He provided "the way of escape" (1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV) so I could bear the temptation. God is so good! If ever you have doubted His Word, stop. It is true. It is real. And it is still working today in my life and I hope in yours. I know this stronghold will be torn down and utterly destroyed. And I am going to keep praying and trusting until it comes to pass. God is able!

Be blessed Ladies! God loves you and He is always at work in your life!

5 comments:

Carolina Mama said...

Good post! Bless your heart = way to 'attack ' with the Word. Thanks for sharing. We did get the snow and loved it too. :) Congratulations on your book!

Are you joining the Carolina Girls? ! :) Let me know we need link up. :)

laryssa said...

Yes, yes!!! I can't add anymore to what you've already said. :) Our pastor has often put it this way, "Hiddenness gives sin power." I love that you used a combo--prayer, the Word, accountability, and faith in His unfailing work in us.

CONGRATS on the book!!! Whether you know it or now, you're a big encouragement to me in this area (long story). :)

Runner Mom said...

I have been wondering what was going on, sweet friend! Thank you for sharing what's been on your heart! I'll keep you in my prayers!

Praying God's Word is awesome! I think that many of us get bogged down in the day to day and want to do our QT later...well later comes and it's still not done! Been there!

I read your precious and perfect comment on the P31 She Speaks blog. Girl, that was awesome! I hope that you're going to be there again!! Mari, y'all have a great day!

Love you!
Susan

Mari said...

Laryssa: Than you for leaving me a comment. We need to meet in person soon!! Thank you so much for *your* encouragement to me. I truly appreciate it.

Mari said...

usan:

Thank you for hanging in there with me and most importantly for praying. Whew! the enemy is busy but God is busier and more powerful. Amen?!

And yes I will be at She Speaks this year. I am excited to be doing Speaker track this year. I'm thinking some of this experience may make it's way into my presentation. We'll see what God has in store. I can't wait to see you there.