through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
Step 1 – Suit up.
Step 2 – Find the trigger.
Step 3 – Enter the arena.
Step 4 – Hide.
Step 5 – Find higher ground.
Every time I played laser tag in a castle-like arena, I knew I needed to find higher ground. My tactical position from the towers allowed me to spot unsuspecting friends and zap their “armor.” Flashing red lights and little warning sirens told me I had hit my mark.
Why is it that I’m better at playing laser tag than winning some of life’s spiritual battles? It’s because I forget my battle plan. Years of struggles have taught me that to win some battles, I need to cling to God.
Choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice,
and that you may cling to Him,
for He is your life and the length of your days.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV
He is your life. I want life, not the death of my joy, strength, and soundness. I want victory, not defeat. I want Him, not anything less.
Is that your desire as well? How often do you cling to God each week?
There’s just no other way to walk in victory than to cling to the ultimate Warrior. When struggles slow down, I have a tendency to stay close to God by having a daily quiet time, but I stop “clinging.” In my most vulnerable moments, I don’t hold on tightly to what I know of Him and what He has taught me. My armor is hit, and warning sirens tell me I didn’t use my battle plan.
My “Battle 5”
Tired of giving into the same old negative thoughts, I drew up a battle plan. I felt like God was telling me I needed practical ways to cling to Him and the relationship He was building between us. So I prayed about five steps to keep harassing thoughts from plaguing me before I go to sleep. When I follow the plan, I have more victory. When I don’t, many times I don’t win.
Step 1- Read my shield.
On my desk, I have a framed drawing of a Roman shield. Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Ephesians 6:16 NKJV). On my shield is written Bible verses and promises from God that strengthen my faith. When I read these, I remember what God has told me, and I can refuse negative thoughts because God’s Word has priority in my heart.
Step 2 – Listen to a podcast.
While I wind down for the evening, I deflect negative thoughts with stories of joy or victory and application from Scripture. Christian podcasts help me to focus on what God is doing in the world and in believers’ lives today. A favorite one is the devotions that Adria Wilkins shares on Look out for Joy.
Step 3 – Thank God for five things.
I borrowed this one from a treasured writer friend. I pick five things from my day to thank God for, and negative thoughts have no home to take root in my mind. Gratitude lives there.
Step 4 – Meditate on Scripture.
Every night I try to read a passage from the Bible, and I usually land in the book of Philippians. I can read the same verses over and over, and still find new things to celebrate about God and life with Him. Is there a book of the Bible that you love to meditate on?
Step 5 – Say good night to God.
He’s with us when we wake up and go to sleep. He keeps watch all night long. Our best first and last thought of the day.
It’s Your Turn
What battle plan can you form to drive away negative thoughts or to win victory in some area of your life? Think of three to five steps to keep your heart and mind centered on God, and if you want to, please share one of those steps in the comments below. I may add it to my Battle 5.
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