If you look at others and wonder why, I have too.

Why everything they touch turns to gold.

Why their children do not struggle.

Why their marriage seems effortless and mine is hard work.

Why they can go and do and I feel stuck.

Why they are married and I am not.

Why they have more financial freedom and I am just making it.

Why they have solid friendships and I feel alone more than not.

Why life is hard for me and not them.

We all fall in the trap of staring, glaring, and comparing.

Just as we think we have overcome in this area of our life, the enemy presses in. The fight gets tougher and there is more at stake this round. Maybe in the past there was envy for their car, their clothes, and their friends.

We have gotten better by now at guarding our hearts and minds and yet, the thoughts slip in here and there, even from what was meant for good. The stakes are higher now. You have more faith in a God who can. Maybe now it’s snuck in your thoughts and you didn’t even want to go here. You desire their position, their favor, their marriage, or maybe even their “ministry”.

The longer I trust in God and the longer I observe the faithful to his call, I see more clearly than ever that this is a smoke screen to discourage you and I from the fight. The enemy wants you paralyzed and isolated with all of your why’s yelling loudly. He wants you believing that God will not come through for you. This is war.

I confess I never wanted to fight a war. Some days average sounds comforting and good compared to the mountains we often face, but really? Deep down would you rather have an average life or a purposeful life that fulfills your deepest longings?

You will never feel more fulfilled than when you are fulfilling the purpose God created you for and yes, it will involve a battle.

If you believe in God and live by faith you are a target of the enemy. That fact use to keep me from stepping out to live a life by faith. No more! You?

If you are where I have been and where I easily fall into at times—that’s ok. No need to feel alone. No need to feel ashamed. No need to feel guilty. You are in a perfect position to stand up again and dust off the lies of the enemy, and join me in standing on God’s promises again!

God is greater beautiful one.

God is greater man of God.

You were created for this battle with God’s mighty power pouring into your life, making a way where there seems to be none. You were created to have weak areas so that God can be your strength. You were meant to conquer territory that no one else can, in spite of your failures. You were created for victory!

“. . .  Greater IS he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1st John 4:4). Know this: the greater the battle the greater the grace, the greater the provision, the stronger your faith becomes, and the greater His power from His unlimited resources will pour in and through your life.

Don’t listen any longer to the lies of the enemy. He can be so stinking convincing. Shut him down. You have the authority in Jesus Name.

Let’s rise up together friends!

Let’s stop all the glaring, staring, and comparing – it will kill you and I slowly and steal our joy and our strength. I know because I have given in one too many times.

Will you rise up with me?

God will equip you for the battle as you stay in His word, worship the God who never fails, and walk in His ways through the sometimes long wilderness right into your promised land. Even there, faith and leaning on His mighty power is needed more than ever. So keep doing all the things you know to do. It will pay off!

It’s worth it friend. An intimate relationship with the creator of the universe makes it all worth it. He is our reward in this journey and beyond!

In It With You friends,

Joelle

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