I was in a slump. In a funk. Not in the mood to go on a run. (This happens more than I would like to admit.) Resistance. Reigned. It was oozing out of my deepest soul.
But on a positive note, I was sporting my new “no chaffing” spandex. The morning was a perfect temperature with a slight breeze. My husband was good to go to watch the girls while I ran. So why the intense battle within me to stay home instead of run? To resist what I knew to be a life giving, spirit filling, and energy feeling activity?
My mind was playing the “discouragement, pitty party, and lies track”. It went something like this: “You have already been consistent for two months now on your training schedule and you deserve a break. You are weary and tired and all this work is probably in vain since you won’t be able to actually complete a marathon anyway-what were you thinking taking on this big of a challenge? There is no harm in missing one run.”
Even though my mind was overwhelmed by these tempting thoughts to stay home, I thought about this whole running thing being an obedience to God in the first place. How He confirmed through a peace in my Spirit, His Word, a Marathon runner’s magazine “randomly” given to me, and the support of my husband that this race was this was God’s will for me in this season. And I had a newfound motivation to put those new “no chaffing” spandex to use. Good use. They were not meant for sitting on the couch at home (And oh how I have wished that simply putting on workout attire would miraculously help me achieve weight loss/exercise goals.). They were not meant to sit in a drawer. They were were meant to run in.
It seemed like a small victory. But it actually was a big one in overcoming this mental battle. I went on my run.
I began to think about how easy I succumb to listening to the “Discouragement track” Satan loves to play throughout my day. Unfortunately he uses this tactic almost every time I am faced with the choice. To obey Christ. Or not. I began to analyze the themes of this track. And came to a revelation. Even though the words of the discouragement track are contextually different, the message remains the same. And when this message plays, it is a red flag to me. And I choose to see God’s reality and truth behind the lies. Then I am then ready to fight off the enemy’s attacks. And be an overcomer in Jesus.
Here are the “D” messages of the “Discouragement track” and it is a red flag I need to fight off this attack of the enemy:
- I Deserve to do what makes me happy and comfortable.
- I begin to Doubt my ability to carry out God’s plan.
- I believe a Detour won’t make a difference.
Here are the “D” messages/scriptures of truth to overcome the “Discouragment Track”:
- Deserve thought-God promises to give me everything I need in this life and I know serving Him requires putting my selfishness aside. I am truly free and joy filled when I am following Jesus.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19
“I am crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galations 2:20 and
- Doubt thought-I love the saying, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” We can expect we will be stepping out in our inability to follow Jesus because it is in our weak areas God is glorified.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil 1:6
- Detour thought-It is so easy to rationalize ourselves out of being absolutely obedient to God. We think partial obedience is good enough. But partial obedience is disobedience. And in my life (with my directionally challenged self) a small detour on the road many times leads to getting completely lost.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15:58
Live today with the confidence that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! Run to and for Jesus in whatever temptation, trial, or question you find yourself in today. And know you are an overcomer in Jesus!
© 2012 Standing on Peace