Saturday, July 14, 2012

Conversations In The Garden: The Tug of War

"My child, pay attention to what I say.  Listen to my words.  Don't lose sight of them. 
 Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them,
 and healing to their whole body."
Proverbs 4:20-23
I wrote a post a few weeks ago that described my meditation time where I visualize going into a garden to have conversations with Jesus.  You can read about them HERE.  I always pray that the Holy Spirit will quiet and control my busy mind, and that I will hear only the God's voice.

Recently I went into the garden with an agenda.  I immediately started talking about the allergies I was experiencing and went on to say,  "AND what is with the other symptoms that are coming up.  I know that I am healed......Isaiah 54 tells me that, but I continually need to bind and declare the symptoms be gone.  What else do I need to do, Jesus?"

Immediately I saw a tug of war going on over a small creek.  When I looked to the right I saw myself pulling at the front with others behind me, and when I looked to the left I saw people I did not recognize pulling against me.  I could not see, but felt Satan encouraging them, ordering them on in their quest.

Then I heard Jesus say, "Let go of the rope and lift up your hands in praise" and I did so before he was even finished speaking.  Immediately, when I let go of the rope, the people pulling against me fell to the ground!

Of course!  As long as I was in a tug of war with Satan our enemy and his buddies,  they had the power to resist and keep me exhausted and in a state of confusion and worry.  But when I let go, raising my face and my hands to God in praise, my focus shifted and they lost their power. They run from the name of Jesus!

Yes, the Bible tells us that Satan has to flee when we speak the name of Jesus, and that there is POWER in the Word.  I already shared one of my favorite verses concerning God's promise of this that is found in Proverbs 4.  There is so much power and wisdom found in these few verses that they are worth repeating.

"My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen to my words. Don't lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body."
Proverbs 4:20-23

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Sharon Evans said...

Thanks for the reminder that Satan is always trying to confuse our minds and emotions. We continually have to be on our guard. I think he takes advantage of our tired mind in the daily struggle that illness can bring. You have given me food for thought. I think I'll pin that proverb up on my mirror. Thank you Renee

Gayle said...

Wow, I am writing this scripture down Renee. As you know I am praying for continued healing for my daughter and this is beautiful scripture to meditate on.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

I love that tug of war picture and I can so relate to what you said. Thanks for the reminder Rene to stay strong and trust no matter what.

Meli n Pat said...

That is a stunning visual. So powerful. So true!

Ruth said...

A great illustration of how we can defeat the enemy. We release all of ourselves to the Lord and the enemy has no ground to stand on. Thanks for your encouragement and for sharing your victory.

Farida of In Love With Sunflower said...

This is just what I needed most today. Thank you. I seem to dilly dally with what needs to be done and Satan has been allowing me to evade doing the most important things.

Your site is a pleasant change from those that I've visited filled with commercialism and those that concerns this world. I would love to get to know you more. Would you agree that we follow each other?

God bless you and take care :D