3 Truths your enemy wants you to forget when you’re feeling down

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The Mondays of life come.

Sometimes on Monday, sometimes the day after Valentine’s Day, sometimes just on random terrible, horrible, very bad, no good days.

Yes, we’d rather be happy. We’d rather smile, laugh, love, and serve, but there’s something weird that happens once we’re down: We kind of just want to stay down.

What do we do with those days?

Wait. Don’t answer. I have a pretty good idea already, because I did it all just a few days ago.
Snap. Criticize. Frown. Sigh. Yell. And watch the emersion of our ugly sinful natures with fascinated horror.

I’ll rephrase that.
What should we do with those days?

Remember.

Remember three truths the enemy of our souls wants us to forget:

First, even though this is a bad day, it’s still a gift that can be redeemed.

Our circumstances, emotions, or hormones may have created the perfect storm. Our day might be truly awful. But there is always a bit of grace for the claiming.

Even the messiest of days can be redeemed when we humble ourselves and…

  • Offer a heartfelt apology.
  • Extend the gift of forgiveness.
  • Ask God for a verse of encouragement.
  • Remember the Lord is close to the broken.

Accept your brokenness and neediness as a gift — a gift that reminds you of your need for a Savior.

Secondly, remember that truth sets us free.

Our enemy is the father of lies. So don’t be surprised when a down day is filled with “revelations” like:

  • No one loves me.
  • I have nothing to offer.
  • Nothing will ever change.
  • I’m a complete failure.

Replace Satan’s lies with biblical truth:

  • You are loved with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • You are called and gifted by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12)
  • God’s mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:23)
  • You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)

Third, realize spiritual attack is evidence that you are a threat.

No, we can’t give Satan credit for every grumpy day or all our own negative thoughts, but you’d better believe he delights in watching/helping us create our little pits of doom.

Why? Because, if you are a follower of Christ, you’re a formidable threat to the enemy.

I know. That makes no sense when you’re fighting temptations, bemoaning your sinfulness, and wondering how God could possibly use a small, ordinary, floundering person like you.

But the truth is, you’re more than that.

The spiritual realm knows what you often forget — the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you (Ephesians 1:19-21). Romans 8 reminds us that you and I are more than conquerors, and if we are surrendered to Jesus, we can count on the fact that our lives will be used for His glory.

To sum things up, bad days are inevitable. Jesus wept, sorrowed, even anguished. In this world we will have trouble. We’re not going to feel happy, appreciated, and victorious all the time.

But the next time you’re tempted to wallow, remember.

You don’t belong in that pit.

You can be confident of this…

… that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. 

Psalm 43:5

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10 comments on “3 Truths your enemy wants you to forget when you’re feeling down

  1. Jennifer thank yo so much for this post. I am having one of those days and God has truly spoken to me through you. I have sent this to my email as well and will be printing it for difficult days ahead for in this world I know I will have trouble. God Bless!

  2. Jennifer, I enjoyed a glorious “snow day” today! I was able to spend all day with Jesus! But this week I have definitely gotten stuck in a not so happy place and the scary part was I did not feel like getting over it right away. Thanks for your inspiration on how to change that feeling and mindset and refocus on how good God is…all the time! God bless!

    • Hi Mary! I’m not jealous of your snow, but I am jealous of your day with Jesus. 🙂 Yes… I know just how those not-so-happy weeks go. Praying right now for both of us to stay focused on God’s goodness. Stay warm!

  3. Jennifer: I am saving this post to my work e-mail and going to print it to put up as a reminder when I am feeling my most down when I allow those lies of the enemy to percolate my mind and being…. I just had given myself a little pep talk like this on Sunday evening when I could “feel” the “meanies” coming on, but what a gift from God that you are to put it into such eloquent words… I also am going to share it with my kids when they are having a tough day. What a real way to minister to them! Thank you!!!

    • Mindy, thanks so much for your comment! God’s Word is just incredible… I know a huge part of our enemy’s strategy is to keep us away from all the life-giving truths it holds. I think we’d all be wise to print out and post His Word to keep us focused! 🙂

  4. I found this such a delight. I can’t thank you enough for this posting today. I just need to remember that when I feel like giving up that I am a threat to satan. I must be going in the right direction. The direction of God. thank you so much.

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