“Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7
“The mind is the devil’s favorite avenue of attack.”- Billy Graham
- Call your prayer partner for your 10-minute prayer call. If you are having trouble connecting, keep trying!
- It’s time to meet with your Jesus! He is the One who saves, who heals, and who has the power to help you to overcome anything! Nothing is too big for God! Ask God to speak to your heart as you read His everlasting Word, and give you wisdom and peace about anything that is troubling your soul.
- Read Genesis 4:5-7 and Romans 12:1-2. Write Romans 12:2 in your journal.
Habitual sin. That dark, familiar foe that has tried to destroy the lives of countless Christians down through the ages. It is ruthless and rears its ugly head at every turn, often showing up at the worst times and seasons in our lives.
Where does it come from?
It all starts with a thought, a dark shadow from the Enemy casting its evil intent over our minds with the hope of destroying our lives.
In today’s Bible reading, we see the vivid picture of the true nature of sin:
“Sin is crouching at your door, and its desire is for you.”
Do you see that? Sin’s desire is to have you! Satan wants to have your life, or at least preoccupy you with untrue thoughts that distract you from the rich, abundant life that Jesus offers.
Jesus states the desires of the devil clearly in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
Steal, kill and destroy. All three are the desires of the Enemy. When we continue to think a thought that we KNOW we should not be thinking, we can begin to allow the devil to steal our joy, and it can begin to change our hearts. It’s Satan’s way of crippling a Christian, and if he can get us to ponder a thought continually, it can sometimes change our life.
These thoughts don’t have to be lustful or murderous to cripple our lives. They could be as simple as harboring bitterness or unforgiveness against your husband, which causes you to pull away from him. Or you could have thoughts of anger directed at a particular child and can find yourself almost anticipating him or her to do something wrong.
What’s a Christian mom to do?
I believe the answer is found in Romans 12:1-2:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
There are two great points here:
First, God says to offer our bodies as living sacrifices. Vocabularly.com defines sacrifice as “a loss or something you give up, usually for the sake of a better cause.”
Our mind is part of our body. God wants us to give our thought life to Him. He knows we are sometimes weak, and that it can be challenging to think true thoughts, so He wants us to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Jesus wants to help you! We are not meant to live apart from Christ! He even says that apart from Him we can do nothing! “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5.
When we give our thoughts to Jesus, and not be satisfied with our old patterns of sin, our lives begin to change, and we can live victoriously for God.
To put this into practical terms, it’s important that you identify your frequent thought patterns that are of the enemy, the ones that make you feel fearful, anxious, far from God, angry, bitter, etc.. This will help you as you go through your day to identify them and give them to Jesus.
We can then become the “The wise woman who builds her house” and not “the foolish one who tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1.
Second, we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We need to read God’s Word and do what it says. God’s Word is what changes us.
Pray and ask God to give you encouraging verses that will help you renew your mind to truth, not lies. Record these verses on your phone, write them on your bathroom mirror with a dry-erase marker, or put them on 3×5 cards and tape them on your cabinets, fridge, and car. Do whatever it takes to allow the Word of God to transform you from the inside out.
Be the wise woman who builds her house by avoiding habitual sin. The way to the victorious life is found by giving your thoughts to Jesus and knowing the power of the word of God!
It is the only way to render that crouching sin powerless and walk in victory in the power of God!
Questions to ponder: Write the answers to these questions in your journal
- Are there areas of your life where you struggle with habitual sins or untrue thoughts?
- If so, ask God for forgiveness and write a prayer in your journal asking God for help.
- Pick a verse that encourages you in this area and write this in your journal.
Wisdom Faith-Filled Idea
- Sometimes, when we are having a tough week, all we need to do is get out of our house and be with a friend! When was the last time you met a friend for coffee or lunch? Call and plan a time to get together. Also, be sure to pray with each other. There is power in friendship and prayer!
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-How do you stay encouraged? Do you call a friend to pray, go out to lunch, take a walk, etc.?[/box]
I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Deb is married to her soulmate of 28 years, Randy. They have two grown children, Christie and Jack, and one precious, answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex.