When my twelve year old son came out of his jiujitsu class last night, I could see that he was not quite himself. He had just been back after a two week, Christmas holiday hiatus, and was struggling to get his head back in the game.
“I just get beaten all the time,” he said, “it doesn’t matter what I do. I’m always overpowered.” I tried to remind him that in this particular sport the size of your opponent doesn’t matter, when you apply the techniques your instructor has been showing you. It’s the strategies that work, it’s not about your strength or your size.
I also lovingly, tried to remind him that he has had a little break, and it will take some time to get back into the familiarity of using those skills he learned. But I could see that my advice was falling on deaf ears. “It doesn’t matter Mum,” he mumbled just loud enough for me to hear, “because I’m weak.”
OK. So, there is the little worm that is messing with my son’s head. Turns out, the schoolyard bully has been getting in his head. Again! He has been hearing this for the last couple of days and had come into agreement with it. And it was affecting his performance. It was time to impart some wisdom.
“What does God say about you, Aidan? Doesn’t he say that you are strong? That you have the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, living on the inside of you? Doesn’t the Bible say greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world?”
We talked about the fact that we have an enemy, that doesn’t want us to remember that we are strong. So, he speaks through other people, or circumstances, and he convinces us that we are not who God says we are. Once we come into agreement with his thoughts and ideas, we start to act like it. When, in fact, we have all the skills, knowledge and wisdom to overcome and be victorious. “You are not weak. That is a lie!” I exclaimed. “You are strong!”
How often do we think that we are weak, when the opposite is true? I am currently challenged by this very fact. How often have I empowered the bully (the enemy) by agreeing with him, and forgetting the truth that my Father has spoken over me? So I live a defeated, miserable life when in reality I am called a champion: more than a conqueror!
Just like my son, Aidan, we have the knowledge, the know-how, the strategies and skills. We have great Instructors called Spirit and Truth. We just need to remember and employ them. We just need to put into practice, what we have been shown and taught. The size of the enemy doesn’t matter, when we USE the tools and techniques!
Ephesians 6:10 tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” It continues to remind us to wear our armour. The helmet of Salvation that protects our mind! When we know who God says we are, the enemy can’t entertain us with thoughts of inferiority. The breastplate of Righteousness protects our hearts. Knowing our right standing with God is not based on performance, protects our hearts from guilt, shame and condemnation. If the enemy can’t align our hearts with his agenda, he can’t defeat us.
Hearing “you are weak”, discouraged Aidan’s heart and he started aligning his thoughts, words and actions with that erroneous statement. A strong helmet and breastplate ensure that no lie from the enemy can penetrate your mind or heart. Two of the most important components of your Faith machine (see previous blog.)
And don’t forget your best, offensive weapon is the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, spoken out of your mouth: “I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!”
Aidan lost to his opponent last night, because he agreed with the schoolyard bully: “I’m weak.” But I have seen him win a gold medal! I have seen him defeat many boys in the past. He knows how to win, he just needs to DO what he KNOWS. Let the weak say: “I am strong!” Because of what Jesus did for us, we are not weak, we are strong indeed. Regardless of how we feel. Or what the bully is saying.
Maybe it’s not our strength we need to work on, but our knowledge. Maybe we need to brush up on our spiritual jiujitsu. Or learn more about our Father’s heart. More about who he has made us to be:
“A wise man is strong and is better than a strong man , and a man of knowledge increases and strengthens his power;”
Proverbs 24:5 AMPC
When we know who we are, and Whose we are, we never have to think or feel defeated. We can even thank God, before the battle is won:
“Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!” Angels listen as I sing my thanks. I kneel in worship facing your holy temple and say it again: “Thank you!” Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.”
Psalm 138:1-3 MSG (Empasis added)
Knowing God makes you strong! I love this verse in the book of Daniel. I love Daniel and his friends and their amazing courage in a place and time of great distress:
“…but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God].”
Daniel 11:32 AMP (Emphasis added)
Spending time with our Instructor, learning from Him, hearing his strategies for our lives, makes us strong:
“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
Today, I decree that I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. I know my Father, and He makes my life large with strength.
Today, I hear the Father’s loving encouragement: “My Strong One, do not entertain the voice of the bully. Do not allow any lie of inferiority or weakness enter your mind or heart. Let no word of defeat come out of your mouth! Speak strength! You are strong, because your life is hidden in me. You are great, for I am great! You are strong, because you are loved.” ❤