BUT YOU HAVE PLANTED WICKEDNESS, YOU HAVE REAPED EVIL, YOU HAVE EATEN THE FRUIT OF DECEPTION. BECAUSE YOU HAVE DEPENDED ON YOUR OWN STRENGTH AND ON YOUR MANY WARRIORS, THE ROAR OF BATTLE WILL RISE AGAINST YOUR PEOPLE, SO THAT ALL YOUR FORTRESSES WILL BE DEVASTATED
I have many warriors, because I have eaten the fruit of deception. I have believed negative, destructive beliefs that are not true about my Self, God, and others. I have one warrior who fights to the bitter end to defend me, whenever I believe that I am not loved. This warrior will attack, blame, and drive anybody away who makes me feel unloved.
I have another warrior who is very good at hiding me in the dark dungeons of depression or behind a mask, whenever I believe that I am not worthy or special.
Yet, another warrior is a bit of a coward. It scoops me up and runs to the safety of distraction and destruction, whenever I feel condemned, not daring to come close to the battlefield. It lets me watch from a distance, while I lean on my own misunderstandings.
BUY THE TRUTH AND DO NOT SELL IT; GET WISDOM, DISCIPLINE AND UNDERSTANDING
Grasp that if you depend on your own defense mechanisms to fight the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies, the roar of battle will rise against you, causing you to plant wickedness and reap evil, every time. This will make you miserable.
Change your ways. Dismiss your warriors. Instead of hiding, get God’s Wisdom for the belief that you are not loved. Instead of running away, discipline your Self to get Understanding from the Lord Jesus for your unworthiness and shame. Instead of defending your Self, buy the Lord’s Truth and do not sell it.
WE KNOW ALSO THAT THE SON OF GOD HAS COME AND HAS GIVEN US UNDERSTANDING
(1 John 5:20).
What will it take for you to dismiss your many warriors and depend on God to give you Understanding, so you may get rid of your misunderstandings?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, how many times have I depended on my many warriors to save me from feeling ashamed, condemned, and abandoned, instead of depending on You. Forgive me, my Lord, for making the wrong choices. Bring me to the place where I will lay down my many warriors—where I will buy the Truth and not sell it. Then, exchange my Self for Your Self, who is filled with Wisdom, Discipline, and Understanding.
Maintain an Awareness
Obedient surrender consists of three steps: EMBRACING, EXPOSING, and giving permission to be EXCHANGED.