Smile! You Can Fight Off the Pokes

finger pointMy enemy’s been poking a finger into a healing wound of mine lately. And it’s been cool to experience God’s Word fight him off.
I had a dream last night about someone taking my measurement by placing my back against a wall and then drawing a line where the top of my head reached. You’ve probably had this done as a kid or did it with your kids. This person then proceeded to tell me that I didn’t measure up and was lacking whatever was needed to succeed. Poke. I wasn’t good enough and didn’t have the right stuff to accomplish anything of value. Poke.
Dreams as well as every day experiences must be filtered through God’s Word. I just smiled when I woke up this morning. I know who and whose I am – a secure child of God. And I used specific lie fighting truths from where I just “happened” to be in my BIG reading this week – Isaiah.
The LORD said to Israel, “I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13-14)
God calls Israel a worm and little! Can’t get much lower than a worm! And, talk about not measuring up? Yet, it isn’t about the measurement of the person, but the size of God inside the person! I don’t have to measure up to what others think of me. Jesus takes me by the hand and will accomplish His will for my life (Ps. 57:2; Eph. 2:10). Armed with that truth, what did I have to be stressed over? My adversary’s poke simply hit my shield of faith and fell harmlessly to the ground leaving me smiling.
Want a smile? Be in the Word listening to Jesus give you the specific lie fighting, joy enhancing truths you’ll need to fight off your enemy’s pokes. Let me tell you something. Victory based smiling feels a whole lot better than defeated sadness.
“S”et Free Nowww

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