God Has a Plan for Me…And so Does the Devil

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The “new, healthier me” is thrilled that I’ve lost some weight and am getting back in shape.  My doctor was thrilled that I’d decided to make these changes and gave me her consent and approval for all my changes in diet and exercise.  Since I take medication on a regular basis, I knew I’d need her to be aware of anything that might make a difference in my medical condition.  I did not take the steps on this journey lightly or without supervision.  Last week, I shared a list of ten changes I’ve made in the past two months that I attribute to much of my success thus far.

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What I didn’t share with you at the time are some changes that I’ve not been thrilled about at all.  I’m not thrilled because I believe that the devil has been plotting against me and attacking me in the weakest areas of my life by feeding me lies.  I loved sharing my progress with you last Friday, but on Saturday morning, I got up after only sleeping a few hours and spoke directly to God in the privacy of my bedroom, “I just don’t know if I can do this anymore.”

You see, it’s not only has it been an emotional attack; there have been physical implications for me as well.

Before I started my new regimen, I slept well at night.  I was usually in bed by eleven o’clock at night and up in the mornings by seven o’clock.  My sleep pattern has changed drastically.  If I fall asleep before 1:00am, I’m lucky.  Even when I sleep, it’s fitful.  I have strange dreams that awaken me in the early morning hours.  There are days at a stretch when I just never feel fully rested.

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My back/leg pain, which is chronic in nature, has become nearly unbearable at times.  I know that my increased physical activity may be contributing to this somewhat.  But it’s more than that.  It’s difficult to put into words — and if you know me, you know I’m never at a loss for words.  It’s just a different kind of pain from the chronic pain I normally experience.

 

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Now, I can catch every stomach bug that even looks my way.  I naturally have a sensitive stomach.  But I’ve been sick with one cold after the other, plus I contracted strep throat for the first time in ten years last month.  Now, I’m almost certainly battling spring allergies (which have never been a problem before) and probably a sinus infection, too.  Sometimes the headaches are so bad, they’re almost like migraines.  Along with the headaches, I’ve been nursing a sore throat.  In fact, two weeks before our Easter cantata, I got laryngitis that lasted eight days.  When someone is counting on your voice, you begin to fret.  It did clear up in time for me to sing with the choir, but my voice wasn’t one hundred per cent.

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I almost decided to give up — almost.

That afternoon, I got out a book that I read about seven years ago, When Godly People Do Ungodly Things by Beth Moore.  She wrote it as a book first, and then a Bible study, about how Satan plots against us in a cold, calculating manner.  We can all be susceptible to demonic attacks that are more than just casual temptations.  If my God can formulate His plans for me to have a hope and a future, then the devil can work to make a plan for my destruction and failure.  Satan wants what God has.  In fact, Satan wants to be God so badly that any stronghold he can use against a child of God is a direct attack on God, Himself.

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Let’s take a look at a scripture that I used last week.  God whispered this verse to me when I was having a moment of unbelief about our family’s financial future:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.   Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NKJV)

In When Godly People Do Ungodly Things, Beth Moore writes that Satan knows Scripture and can put his own spin on God’s word.  He might approach that verse in a much different way:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the devil, thoughts of unrest and evil, to bring about failure and hopelessness.  Then you will call on your Lord, and pray to Him, but I will keep you from hearing Him.  You will seek His counsel and I will blind you with thoughts of loneliness and devastation.  You will lose your way to God and your heart will be broken, for I know your weaknesses and I will use them to plot your downfall at every turn.

Satan doesn’t want me or you to succeed at anything in which our Heavenly Father will receive all the glory and honor.  Admittedly, there have been times in my past when I have bailed on opportunities to serve God and be used by Him.  That’s what the devil is counting on this time, I’m sure.  But I will be a faithful servant and I will fight Satan every step of the way.

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I’ve started making a list of the lies the tempter has been trying to feed me since the start of 2012. (It’s not coincidental that this is when I started this blog and shortly thereafter, my journey to becoming healthy.)  I’ve been looking for a new “Life in the Word” focus and I feel led to make a counter-attack on the evil one.  For the next several Wednesdays, I will be sharing these lies and the Scriptural responses God has shown me in His word.  Since the devil is predictable, I feel like he’s probably been after you with some of these same lies.

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And I’m scared.  To know that I’m about to fly in the face of someone who has it in for me is frightening.  So, I’m asking for your prayers — pray that God will expose Satan’s lies for what they truly are (distractions from our servanthood to Him) and that I will remain focused and strong for my Lord, for with my God all things are possible.  (Matthew 19:26)

This is war.

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Related Articles:

“If You’re Weighting on Me…” https://lbtk.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=946&action=edit

“How Can I Keep from Singing:  His Strength is Perfect”  https://lbtk.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=445&action=edit

“Prepare for Battle”  http://shani4jc.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/prepare-for-battle/

“Looking for the Devil in the Wrong Places”  http://thinkpoint.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/looking-for-the-devil-in-the-wrong-places/

“Spiritual Wrestling and the Armor of God – Part 1″  http://changedbyhim0510.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/spiritual-wrestling-and-the-armor-of-god-part-1/

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Renee C.
    May 02, 2012 @ 13:18:14

    YOU are stronger than you give yourself credit for. As your old cheerleading days cheer would go “Rah Rah Rhee… kick him in the knee.” Satan wants us to fear him, not face him head on, especially thru God. So with the strength of God and the support of your blog followers on your side, you face him and show him your love for God is even more stronger. Because HE is the one hurting you NOT God.
    On the medical note.. has your doctor teasted your adrenal and thyroid system? My next appointment I’m having mine check my pituitary gland. But the thyroid will play havoc on a body. It’s unreal what one little gland in your body can do. Hope you will be feeling better soon. You’ve been thru alot and yes the devil tries to keep his foot on us and keep us down. But always know you have God, family, and friends pulling you back up.

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    • lbtk
      May 02, 2012 @ 13:44:45

      I’ve never had my thyroid tested. Might be worth mentioning to Dr. Harris. I love having a Christian doctor. In talking with her, she also believes it might be part of my emotional battle with all the changes in my life. In the past, when I’ve gotten emotionally overloaded, the devil has started picking at the “scabs” of my life. He’s having to be picky these days because I have just given over a load of stuff to God when I was doing the “Believing God” Bible study. A lot of my scabs are healed, so he’s digging around in places he’s never been before. I will fight him by committing myself to God…then Satan has to flee. Love you! Sandy

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      • Renee
        May 03, 2012 @ 21:49:13

        Ask her about hormon testing also. Was talking to a coworker who is going to talk to her doctor about it due to some medical issues she’s been having.

  2. Slik (Daily Aspects)
    May 02, 2012 @ 14:45:20

    I have been recently suffering attacks from satan as well. I really found your post encouraging and uplifting, Thank you for sharing. Keep up the great work!

    God, Bless Ya,

    -SK

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    • lbtk
      May 02, 2012 @ 14:48:49

      We need to stick together. I will be praying for you. The devil wants what God has — and if God has you and you’re working for Him, then the devil wants you to stop. Be encouraged. You are loved with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) Sandy

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  4. Vince Chough
    May 02, 2012 @ 19:32:19

    Praying for you Sandy. Keep strong in Him.

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  5. lorischulz
    May 02, 2012 @ 20:18:04

    Hi Sandy,

    I’ll be praying for you. Spiritual warfare is real. Funny thing. Often on the days that I will be teaching kids I begin to lose my voice. It never happens otherwise. But God’s Word tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. And I totally love the verse that you used here, “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” How many times have I repeated that?!

    Blessings to you!
    Lori

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  6. forhisgloryandpraise
    May 08, 2012 @ 09:54:25

    About the same time I found out that I had fibromyalgia, I also found out that I have Epstein-Barre Syndrome which is an auto-immune deficiency illness. This means I can catch any air-borne virus that goes around and I can’t take things like the flu shot because they will give me a full blown bout of it. They tested me for it because I had taken a flu shot and ended up having the flu for 3 months because of it. You might want to have them test you for it, because 80% of people have it and don’t know it. It will make a difference in how you approach things like being around those who are sick, like wearing a face mask to avoid germs, more of certain vitamins, no vaccines for flu. It seems with CPS and FM also comes auto-immune problems as well. I’ve also gone through the sleep problems, tired during the day, and can’t sleep at night. Sometimes I’m up until 3 or 4 a.m. and then I still lie in the dark wide awake. I can only sleep a few hours because I have to get up and homeschool my youngest daughter, but I long for the days when I’d be in bed by 10 or 11 and awake at 6 or 7 in the morning. I believe that this insomnia and then run-down feeling adds more to our feelings of pain. Recently they found bone spurs on my spine that are adding to my inability to stand or walk due to the pain they cause when they press against the nerves that run from my spine to my hips and down my leg. I understand the pain you are going through because I am going through it as well. We make it through because we give it to God, and yes, Satan is always giving us the opposite message from God, but we can overcome his voice by giving it to the Lord and resting in his power and will. I think as Christians one of the devils favorite ways to taunt us is…”You see all those prayers for healing for you, why isn’t God answering them? Why is he leaving you in pain? If he loved you, he would heal you?” Yes, I’ve heard that voice, and I find that I have to tell Satan to shut up and leave me alone all the time…of course in the name of Jesus. I’ve come to the point now of resting in the Lord’s will, knowing that he will indeed heal me, whether here on Earth or when I get to Heaven, and I know that until that time I will rely on god to get me through each day. This has helped me not to deal with the depression that most FM patients go through. I’ve basically been able to avoid certain meds because of that. I now only take a med to take down inflammation, and a pain med when the pain is too much for me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the book with us. I’m going to have to look it up and try to get it.

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    • lbtk
      May 08, 2012 @ 21:04:18

      I believe that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be, doing exactly what God wants me to be doing, and I think it’s driving the devil crazy. Weaknesses that he could use against me in the past aren’t working.

      I am your sister-in-pain. I have bad days and better days. But as long as I can awaken and draw breath, it’s a good day.

      Thank you for your wonderful comments and for following this little blog. I hope to know you better. Sandy

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  7. melissa
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 11:22:10

    I understand the way Satan will play games with our minds,he does mine with every breath that I take (feels that way anyhow).My family and I have been in and out of church since 2007 everytime things would get hard we would run.I got to say we have held on longer this time and the Devil has been raging war on us the entire time.My family has dealt with unwanted spirits in our home,physical illness,mental torture,financial issues,you name.I have to say without God giving us strength we would have already given up.I use this one alot for God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love,power and a sound mind.

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