Are you easily devoured?

Your enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour
— I Peter 5:8

Does this mean that some of us are more devourable than others? There are certainly times when I am more devourable than others......when I'm tired, when I'm empty, when it's a holiday and my kids aren't here, when I'm over scheduled, when I feel financial pressures squeezing, when I feel alone, or when relationships are challenged.

So, yes, I would say some of us, and even each of us, at times are more devourable than others.

If this is true, how then do we come to a place where we aren't so devourable?

I was speaking in Roswell, Georgia a few weeks ago, and a few women asked me similar questions as to how I stay in this place of awareness of His presence in my life. One admitted that she struggled with consistency, and just truly wanted to abide more in the presence.

I answered almost instinctively ......It's worship. As I returned home, I have continued to ponder as I dissected my day-to-day to see what keeps me "abiding" in this place that came and went so quickly before, and I was led right back to my instinctive thought.....WORSHIP!

But what do I mean when I say WORSHIP?

He inhabits the praises of His people, Psalm 22:3

So worship in the form of praise calls down the Kingdom....think about it...He inhabits the praises of His people. Worship brings presence.

Psalm 63 tells us.....

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, my mouth will praise you with joyful lips
— Psalm 63:4-5

The kind of praise that would cause you to lift your hands satisfies your soul. In essence, worship keeps us full, so we don't become easy prey by being empty.

But what I feel like has been confirming to me this week is that we can create an environment that makes us less devourable, and it comes when we are in a posture of worship. You have to know that you have a very real enemy, and though He that is in us is greater than he that is in this world, the enemy no less prowls around looking for someone to devour.

Just as I believe the enemy seeks to torment us with our thoughts, worship does the same to him. I believe the enemy can't handle our praise, and I have tested this this week......at any moment that I started to feel "poked" as I like to say, I would worship by putting on my praise music, lifting Him up in words of praise, reading aloud scripture or seeking to see the sacred in the simple....all acts of worship to me, and then I found peace or joy or confidence come quickly.

I think it is essential that we notice immediately what is not of God and deflect it before any lie or fear can take root.

The truth is that FEAR is not a fruit of the Spirit within you, and you don't have to receive FEAR. The moment you begin to fear which often is seen as a lack of trust, lack of confidence, lack of faith, lack of hope, you can begin to worship in whatever form you worship and see that it will lose it's power over you.

The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy, BUT I HAVE COME TO GIVE YOU LIFE IN FULL!
— John 10:10

 

And this is the good news....He came to shift atmospheres and here He promises that He came to give us a life that is FULL even though the enemy seeks to envelop us with fear! If we are abiding in Him, there is no room for fear! Girlfriend, get your praise on!!!! Become a warrior princess and see that when .......

You resist him, he will flee! James 4:7

Hallelujah!!!! Hallelujah!!! Hallelujah!!!!

In His Wings,
Ro