As I have been doing life lately, I have found it very overwhelming. Circumstances have left me feeling saturated with fear, worry, and anxiety. I have been in a spiritual attack, and it has been making me focus on what satan might do next, instead of what move God is going to make next.
I am not one who wants to give satan too much credit, but it seems like he has been trying to silence me. Why would he want to silence me? Because God has given me a word to share and spread to His children this year! What is that word? FREEDOM!
What has satan done to try and silence me? He is using my daughter and her health as a spiritual attack against me. Our women’s ministry has had 2 events scheduled for 2019 so far. Each event that we have had, he has attacked my daughter to try and get to me.
The first event was Journal & Coffee Night. As soon as we walked into the church for the event, my daughter’s OmniPod, which controls all of her insulin and tests her blood sugar for her Type 1 Diabetes, stopped working. No matter what we did, we could not get it to work, and we ended up leaving early. The second event was Wild & Free Women’s Worship Night, which led to us postponing a worship night for the first time in 7 years. What happened? My daughter ended up being admitted into Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 4 days and 3 nights. She had Influenza A and double pneumonia along with other complications from her Type 1 Diabetes.
All of these events stopped me in my tracks for a little while. It took the breath right out of me. I was allowing my focus to be changed, which was changing me. I was having problems sleeping because fear was filling me. When my head would hit the pillow at night, all I could do was relive the events that took place with my daughter. Because of that, instead of looking for the things that God was doing around me, I began looking for what satan’s next scheme could be.
Through this, I have realized that my focus has been all wrong! I cannot be focused on what satan’s next scheme MIGHT be! That will only fill me with even more fear, worry, and anxiety. I have to intently focus on TRUTH! What is this truth? GOD’S WORD! I love this scripture, it is such a great reminder:
So then, with this amazing hope living in us, we step out in freedom and boldness to speak the truth.
2 Corinthians 3:12 TPT
Friends, when times get tough and life gets hard, we have to cling to our confident hope. The Holy Spirit resides in us! That alone gives us freedom from fear, worry, and anxiety. We need to activate this freedom. When satan wants us to believe lies, we need to shatter them. We need to speak truth in boldness!
I want to end with this scripture:
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NLT
Just like the scriptures say, God is our source of hope. He is our amazing hope that lives in us! So, let’s radiate joy, overflow with peace, and go forth in confident hope. Step out and claim the freedom we have in Christ!
Author | Abby Hubbard
Abby Hubbard has served as the leader of GLOW Women’s Ministry at Mansfield First Assembly since 2012. She is married to Jason and is the mother of two children, Bryce and Sarah. You can connect with Abby at http://stillfindingpeace.blogspot.com.