I am convicted and have come to realize that the greatest battle is no longer going to be against a big strong ugly giant or against a physical being. In the past two months I have come to realize that my own worst enemy is … me. I can be my harshest critic, my biggest detractor, my greatest distraction and my judge, jury and executioner.
The Bible tells me that I wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12 – NIV). The Voice Translation puts it slightly more vividly: We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places.
Often when we speak of these things and look at this scripture, we tend to focus on an external enemy. The past couple of months has taught me that the enemy within – the flesh – is far more dangerous than the enemy without. It’s the voice that tells you you’re not good enough or you won’t make it or it will never work, the voice from within, the doubt, the fear that will get you if you let it.
We’re wrestling against spiritual armies that lurk in heavenly places. We are spirit first with a soul that inhabits a physical body and we pray always for the Lord’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. It’s the procrastination and the isolation, the desperation and the desolation, the self doubt and the self discrimination within our world that causes us to hold back, cower, not do and ultimately fail.
But today I have news for you – today I chose to silence that voice that tells me no matter how much I blog and how many times I post a new piece, it will never make a difference and I will never be that Pulitzer Prize Winner. Today I chose to believe that the cover of Forbes Africa Woman is indeed just a small token for where God needs me to go and the lives I must touch through my gift, my laughter, my love and my prayers.
Today I ask that you write one line as a prayer for my dream even as I commit to constantly praying for your dreams that they may indeed come to pass and that you may indeed have the strength to birth them.
Here’s to silencing the voices within. Here’s to winning!
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