Confessions of a Pastors Wife ~ "NOW"
“No longer” is in the NASB 189 times, for a reason don’t miss it. I’m intrigued by a particular word in Galatians 4:7 “Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir”
Since we’re NOW no longer slaves to or controlled by fear, anxiety, our past or anything that keeps us from experiencing the presence and power of Jesus Christ. We are now free!
A recent book review stirred up “the hornet” for several participants. I warned that he’d attack with intensity; his strategy? to distract us from our focus on God. True to his nature within twenty-four hours the enemy began wreaking havoc in jobs, healthy marriages, division and turmoil, accidents and unexplainable situations!!! Don’t even tell me it’s a coincidence or fate, really? Get in the Word for some Truth already.
The book: “Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer.
My new favorite word Paul uses in Galatians 4:7(nlt) says, “Now...”
I’m beyond stirred by the word NOW which means - at this present time or moment. Used especially in conversation to draw attention to a particular statement or point in a narrative.
It's time we apply the meaning to our present situation using specific passages from the Word of God to diffuse the lies of the enemy.
As the assaults (Eph 6:16 niv) are aimed in our direction we can be confident that God will help us when we approach Him. (Hebrews 4:16 niv)
The Lord’s will is that we are no longer fearful but trust Him to protect us. The fear you feel is from your enemy. It’s time we slap him with some James 4:7 “humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
We have been given authority to take thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10:3-5) by replacing the negative with Truth. Instead of crying yourself to sleep, stand up and address those thoughts in Jesus Name. When battling distractions of any kind, adjust your mindset and meditate on Philippians 4:4-7. Before you've finished you'll be at peace.
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus”
Our old nature has a tendency to team up with the enemy then our thoughts become geared to negativity but Paul instructs us in Philippians 4:8 to elevate our thinking to the highest level:
Choose your thoughts wisely.
Don’t give mental territory to the enemy.
Exercise the Word.
God has protected you in the past and He’ll do it again, He’ll give you insight into all these things (2 Timothy 2:7b).