Just a few years ago, I thought I had it all figured out. Whatever “all” means. We are a Black family in America that managed to remain intact despite the odds. The early years were a little rocky because Hubby and I married so young, and popped out half a dozen kids before we reached the age of 30. But, with our growing faith in the God we had recently been introduced to, we conquered one battle after another.
We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us
Hubby and I recited this Scripture every day, along with a long list of others that my earthly father gave us when he introduced us to our Heavenly Father. We called them “Daily Confessions,” and we read each one out loud together during our prayer time.
In the Name of Jesus, I Am…
A child of God – Romans 8:16
Redeemed from the hand of the enemy – Psalm 107:2
Forgiven – Colossians 1:13-14
Kept in safety wherever I go – Psalm 91:11
Strong in the Lord and the power of His might – Ephesians 6:10
Healed by His stripes – 1 Peter 2:24
Exercising my authority over the enemy – Luke 10:19
Bringing every thought into captivity – 2 Corinthians 10:5
Being transformed by the renewing of my mind – Romans 12:1-2
More than conquerors – Romans 8:37
The list goes on, and we consumed every bit of it. We were spiritual babies thirsting for the Word, and it nurtured our young souls. It encouraged us, and helped us build a solid foundation upon which to build our family. We learned how to fight spiritual battles that presented themselves as struggles in our finances or challenges in our marriage. We learned how to cover our children as they navigated the outside world. Life was tough at times, but it was good.
Jesus lives here!
Fast forward about 20 years, and that young couple was now coasting through life. The struggles were behind us, and so were the “Daily Confessions.” Why continue to build a foundation that was already built, right? We not only had the foundation, but we had the entire house. It was built with bricks, not straw. The land around it was lush and green. Children played safely in and all around it. That house was a home full of peace and joy. “Jesus lives here,” is what I’d always say.
The days of having to encourage ourselves were in our past, and it was going to be smooth sailing the rest of the way, in this life and into eternity. We enjoyed decades of calm waters, so when the waters became a little choppy, I wasn’t prepared. I had allowed my spiritual muscles to become weak, so weak that I had forgotten to go back to reciting our “Daily Confessions.” It was only as a result of writing this article about “Encouraging Yourself” that I even remembered to do so.
Reading them now brings sentimental tears to my eyes, sort of like flipping through a childhood photo album. I’m reminded of the importance of speaking victory and hope to the challenges that life brings. But, in the last few years, I’ve done the opposite. Worry, stress, anxiety, fear, and even depression have consumed me. The crashing waves have been coming back to back and even overlapping each other. There’s been barely enough time to catch my breath in between.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
The book of Jude tells us to keep building up our faith, throughout our lives and into eternity. Keeping ourselves encouraged is a full time job from which there is no retirement. It’s dangerous for us to think we’ve got it all together. We can never just coast, because the enemy is always seeking to steal, kill, and destroy. And, he is known for using the most important things and/or people in your life to attack you. Our only weapon against that is the Word, which must reside in our hearts, so that it can be spoken from our mouths at a moment’s notice.
I encourage you to make your own list of “Daily Confessions,” or feel free to use mine. Speak them every day until you truly believe them...and never stop!
Leslie McGuffie writes about being in love with the Lord, and she loves sharing the wisdom He gives her about daily living. In her spare time she’s a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of three. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @listen2leslie. Subscribe to her blog at listen2leslie.com where she writes about Faith, Family, Health, and Happiness.