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“Don’t Let Satan Win.”

Don't Let Satan WinYou are in the fight of your life. You are in a fight for your life.

And you are fighting not only for your life, but other peoples’ as well.

Time is getting short. The world is getting darker. According to news reports, Christianity is declining in America.

Many people are lost, especially young people. They don’t know what to believe.

Because this world is getting darker, people need to see courage in action.

They need to hear Biblical truth more than ever before – and see it lived out before them.

It is our time to shine the brightest as followers of Christ.

But many Christians are not answering the call.

Instead they are under Satan’s bondage. They are deceived. They are trapped in cycles of destructive behavior.

I know this well because I was once in that oppressed position. When I suffered from overeating and bingeing, I once counted the number of times each day I thought about food.

I counted 77 times.

If I wasn’t thinking about what I was eating, I was thinking about what I had eaten, or what I was going to eat next.

Satan likes it that way. The more he can get you fixated on food or whatever weakness you have, the less time you have to focus on fulfilling God’s purpose for your life.

Make no mistake. This is a Spiritual and emotional war.

It is not just about finding the right diet or exercise program. It is about getting healthy in every area so that you can move forward in God.

You play a key part in God’s redemptive plan of salvation, of helping those who are lost find Jesus.

If you are oppressed by the enemy right now, then I’ve got encouragement for you: Do not let Satan win!

His only authority is that which you choose to give him.

The fight may not always be easy. But do not quit. Ever.

That is the surefire way that Satan wins.

You are fighting from a position of victory. The war has been won. Jesus said so:

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”

However Satan will try to convince you that you are a victim.

He wants you to believe that you are defeated, a failure.

He wants you trapped in fear, shame, guilt, past hurts, and condemnation. He wants you oppressed through mental strongholds.

He wants to convince you that your life does not matter.

But the devil is a liar!

He is a cruel, vicious creature who will try to keep you trapped in sin, under the guise that you need it to cope emotionally. He wants to steal, kill, and destroy you.

He will do it by any means necessary.

Jesus came to set you free. Here is his mission statement:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19).”

Did you get that Jesus said “liberty” twice? He wants you to live in freedom in Him!

Think about where you are right now:

  • Are you poor is spirit? The kingdom of heaven is yours.
  • Are you brokenhearted? Let Jesus heal you.
  • Are you bond by sin? Let Jesus free you.
  • Are you Spiritually blind? Let Jesus open your eyes.
  • Are you oppressed? Walk through the door to freedom that Jesus opens for you.

I get so mad when I see Christians, who should be living in victory as lights of the world, under the sway of darkness. I lived like that for so many years. But I didn’t know any better.

I did not know that God wanted more for me. And he wants more for you too.

As a son or daughter of God, arise to your true position in Him. You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Through the Holy Spirit and God’s word, you have what you need to think right, speak right, and live right. You do this for the glory of God because you are not your own.

You were bought with a price.

Walking with the Lord is a day-by-day process. You will  face challenges that may seem impossible to overcome. But you will overcome with God’s help.

Remember, the war is already won – but you need to claim your share of the victory. It is your destiny.

Be encouraged: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).”

Here is my prayer for you this day from Ephesians 1:15-21:

“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

Keep pressing. You can do this. Keep renewing your mind to God’s word every day so that His truth becomes a part of you.

You have a reward waiting on you.

In the end, you will hear the sweetest words ever uttered:

Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”

That is what I am living for. How about you?

Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered!

Give it your all – every day.

Be blessed with health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor, Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program

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  • Julie says:

    Wonderfully said. Thank you for the loving admonishment. Your words, as well as the Scrpture you shared will boost my strength and determination today. May God bless you for your steadfastness in Him.

    • Thanks Julie – stay encouraged – this is a day-by-day process. And remember that the enemy knows what your emotional triggers are. So be careful to shut the following doors everyday to which he commonly tries to gain access into our lives: Spiritual hunger and thirst (not taking time to feed your spirit man daily in prayer, praise, awareness of God’s presence, etc.), lying thoughts (those thoughts that are not in line with God’s word. You shut those doors closed when you take your thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ), emotional manipulation (he knows what emotional strongholds will drive you to want to practice destructive behaviors to comfort yourself. So it’s important that you submit those to God in prayer for healing and comfort to shut that door), and finally, environment suggestions (for example, putting unhealthy trigger foods around you that make it easy for you to go back to practicing the negative behavior). Wow, this is another article in itself! I am inspired, praise God!

  • Andrea says:

    I just read this article today. I notice I have been feeling very tired, weak, emotional and sad along unsure if I can do what God needs me to do. I can’t be Jesus but I do I be like him. I have been diagnose with major depression along with PMS. So I have lost motivation to do anything. I don’t know what to do. I desire to read God word and listen to God related things. I either let myself get distracted or give up and think God hates me and I have been in this works based relationship with him. I know how to receive or accept Gods love for me. I also need to be healed from the sexual, mental, emotional, and spiritual abuse that I have not surrender along with eating issues to God. Please help me?

    • Hi Andrea – I am praying for you. You are under Spiritual attack. The enemy hates God’s people and will do anything he can to oppress them. While your feelings are true, they are based upon lying thoughts. A psychiatrist once said that people who are dealing with neurotic disorders, such as depression or anxiety, almost always have a habit of fault finding. Either they focused on faults within themselves or faults with other people. No matter what was good in their lives, they always focused on what was wrong and what was lacking. When I used to suffer from depression years ago, I was like that. But you can turn things around with God’s help.

      I recommend going back to the beginning. What led you to accept Jesus as your Savior? Revisit that because Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. I recommend checking this out: http://www.everystudent.com/features/gettingconnected.html. If the enemy is telling you that God hates you and you believe that then it is difficult to trust Him with anything! I’d recommend checking out these articles to help also:

      https://www.takebackyourtemple.com/3-ways-to-lift-the-spirit-of-heaviness/
      https://www.takebackyourtemple.com/do-you-have-spiritual-caller-id/
      https://www.takebackyourtemple.com/who-i-am-in-christ/

      As you review each resource, then write down the thoughts that come to your mind, allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to you. Sometimes when you see your thoughts in black and white, they do not hold the same power over you. My prayer is that you reconnect with the source of your strength and hope. Your destiny is to get through this season in your life and come out on the other side victorious!

  • Sue says:

    Thank you! Boy did I need this today. I have been struggling recently with little victory and wondered if I should quit. No way, He will be my strength. The battle is His.
    Sue

  • Karura says:

    Kimberly:

    Thank you!! Your timing couldn’t be better. I’ve been struggling for a while, and have really gotten discouraged. I’m a caregiver for my Mom, who’s having some health issues. Add to this I’m a graduate student. When you add work and household duties to the mix, it makes for a tired puppy who’s not resting well at all. The constant sleep deprivation has my desired exercise schedule off course, so I’ve been really frustrated. Your words remind me of why I need to press forward. Satan will NOT defeat me!!!!

  • E says:

    “You are in the fight of your life. You are in a fight for your life.” That is an accurate statement for me right now. I have been dealing with bombarding thoughts to just end my life. It is a daily consideration for me. I will not do it, but I am wondering why am I even alive if life is so painful, nothing seems to work? I tithe, I go to church, but my heart is not even in it. Even doubting that God is real. I was saved almost 15 years ago. I remember the day and the following years. It was a true love affair btn me and the Lord. But I had this marriage for which I spent the better part of it on my knees and face praying for a God loving husband. It literally spent me in all ways. I feel used up. Well guess what, he is now serving God and here I am dealing with these unrelenting thoughts and feelings. I have spent the past 3 years trying anything and everything to feel better. I started exercising which is the only thing I look forward too, but to no avail I don’t lose. I have been to several practitioners and nothing is found. I am dealing with being exhausted, uninterested in life, hating my job, just going through the motions. I have been wavering in my faith for the last 2 months. I even said to my husband today that I don’t believe today. I can’t bring myself to even read the word and I have become one of “those” people. I don’t want to give in but I don’t have hope that any of this even works any more. It is like I am dead inside. So I am going to print this article off and try reading it again.

    • Hi E – I respect your feelings. It sounds like you are having a “valley through the shadow of death” experience as David described in the 23rd Psalm! While your feelings are true, they are based upon lying thoughts. You are under Spiritual attack and you can’t fight a Spiritual attack with natural means. What is the source of your hope? If you have placed it in your husband, weight loss, job, or anything else, then you can get depressed if any of these things aren’t “working” the way you want them to.

      Remember, the enemy wants to steal, kill, and to destroy you. It sounds like the thoughts that he has placed in your mind have taken up residence and become strongholds. However, if you are willing to do the work, they can be torn down.

      I am praying for you. I recommend going back to the beginning. What lead you to accept Jesus as your savior? Revisit that because Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. I recommend checking this out: http://www.everystudent.com/features/gettingconnected.html.

      Why do I say this? Because you are going through a season of Spiritual dryness. Check this out, especially #1: https://www.takebackyourtemple.com/how-to-shut-temptations-door/

      I also recommend these articles:

      https://www.takebackyourtemple.com/3-ways-to-lift-the-spirit-of-heaviness/
      https://www.takebackyourtemple.com/do-you-have-spiritual-caller-id/
      https://www.takebackyourtemple.com/8-ways-to-be-happier-happy-bible-verses/

      As I said to another lady who is dealing with a similar issue, my prayer is that you reconnect with the source of your strength and hope. I am encouraging you as I encouraged her: Your destiny is to get through this season in your life and come out on the other side victorious! Believe it.

    • Cris says:

      This is how I am feeling, and I know our feelings lie to us. I don’t feel loved for so many reasons, no family around, divorced. I do the Church thing, or at times stay home because I feel so empty. Anyway, I’m thankful to read of another struggling so deeply. I have Lymphedema of my legs from ca. Surgery. My legs are so Hugh from that swelling, I’m ashamed. There is no cure, the Dr want me to loose weight. Jesus I need your help. Amen ) :

      • Marjan says:

        Hi Cris, I’m praying for you right now. God sees you and He loves you. “My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.” Proverbs 23:19 We have to be mindful of what we feed our spirit. Be blessed!

  • Lorre Hopkins says:

    It seems that Depression is a tool that the enemy is using right now. I, too, have been under terrible oppressive depression for the last 7 months. I have been sick (fibromyalgia, autoimmune illness) and being sick for so long has been taking a terrible toil on me. I’ve just recently recognized that the enemy’s goal is to kill me, or at least be sure he takes all the life out of my living, so I am trying to start fighting back.

  • Lorre Hopkins says:

    My diet and food choices make a crucial difference in how I feel.

  • Shawny Rosales says:

    Wow!!! By far one of the most uplifting, encouraging, and “dead on” devotions yet! Spiritual warfare is ever present today. Even as the enemy seeks to pit my own “lost” husband against me I will rebuke and cast him and all his legions of demons from this home, family and marriage. By the authority of HIM, I declare this by the power of the blood of JESUS CHRIST!

  • Cris says:

    I’m fighting the battle. I just can’t seem to get the want to. I’m sad, sorry for being honest! I know why I eat, I know a God loves me in my head, just hasn’t opened my heart yet. I wont give up, but I’m bigger than ever. I don’t even want to go out publically, I’m mad that I am in this bondage. Oh Lord have mercy on me.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Hi Cris – I am praying for you and ask that you please take a look at this article: When Darkness is your Closest Friend

      Ask the Lord to open up your Spiritual eyes and show you the fear that is holding you back from opening your heart to healing. Sometimes the enemy can convince us that it is safer to stay where we are. Even though we may be miserable, we think ”At least its misery I know!”.

      But don’t you think it would be sad to reach the end of your life and realize you were living out a lie rather than the truth? Plus, missed out on all the freedom and blessings you could have had in the Lord? Not to mention the people you were meant to inspire and impact because you chose to get free?

      So much is at stake! I pray that the Lord give you a new vision of what is possible when you choose to walk out this journey with Him day by day.

      “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).”

  • Marcie says:

    Thank you! Amazing words of encouragement for Christ the King Sunday!!!

  • Rick says:

    Kim, thanks so much for raising the call to arms and reminding us of our position in Christ. Our enemy’s plan is to keep us distracted, depressed and powerless. But as you said, Jesus has already won the victory!

    I pray for all believers we keep our eyes focused on the Lord Jesus, the author and FINISHER of our faith! Love your blog!

  • Trina says:

    Thank you for this encouraging article. In this journey alone, except for God. Sometimes just need to be reminded to keep on going. It’s worth it.

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