King of glory we believe You are the one true God—the source of light and truth. And where You are light, the god of this world is complete darkness. If he’s not intimidating mankind with the fear of darkness, he plots to darken our thoughts with his lies.

Because if we accept the devil’s lies, he can influence us to self-destruct.

All day, every day advertisements, news cycles and social circles bombard us with messages demanding we conform to “what people think” is right. And we’re ridiculed if we don’t go along to get along.

But we are a peculiar people—lights pointing the way to You.

And while we all feel the pressure to bow to public opinion, the attack is greatest against the youngest among us. The ones most vulnerable to the need for acceptance and validation. And it’s frightening to watch our children grow up in times like these. We want to protect them from voices trying to redefine their identity, but we can’t. We’re under the same attack.

There’s a battle for our minds and You’re our only hope.

Our natural tendency is to believe the worst about You and ourselves, though our spirit agrees with the truth of your Spirit. But with light and darkness battling within us, how do we stand against a relentless enemy preying on the weakness of our flesh?

We put our hope in your word.

We feed our spirits by meditating on your word daily—to bring our flesh into submission and resist the devil. We fill our minds with what is true, right, admirable and praiseworthy because our thoughts become the beliefs that shape our actions.

So, Holy Spirit give us strength to feed our faith and starve our doubts.

Remind us the only way to avoid conforming to this world’s mindset is to believe right about who You are and who we are in You.

And Lord we lift our children to You. We declare they grow in wisdom every day—becoming wise as serpents yet harmless as doves. Thank You for giving them uncommon wisdom to see the lies beyond deceptive packaging and slick tongues.

You told us in this world we will have trouble, but You also said you’ve already overcome the world. So, this fight is fixed. We have the mind of Christ and we give You all the glory.

May we be as relentless in your word, as the enemy is in seeking our destruction. It’s in your name Jesus, we pray. Amen.



Prayer inspired by Romans 12:2.

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FOG: Focus on Gratitude Day 7

Catching up on email yesterday, I read a blog post by Bill Sweeney of Unshakable Hope. This wheel chair bound man with ALS who writes his posts with a program that tracks his eye movements published a post on perseverance.

I dare say he knows a thing or two about it, but the kicker is the physical trial he went through trying to publish his post on perseverance!

My first response was awe. Awe at the perspective he’s developed over the years. Then I felt like a chump for the lighter afflictions I whine about. Get over yourself, Vanessa. Someone else always has it tougher than you.

But then the still small voice. He said it’s not about comparison. You don’t get points with God for suffering more. No one has more of a right to complain than another.

I’m grateful…

The Teacher and Comforter, the Holy Spirit, gives perspective. Perspective that takes my eyes off people and myself and fixes them on Jesus.

Bill perseveres not by his might or power. ALS robbed him of that. Nor is it his great faith, because it hasn’t been perfect. He perseveres by God’s grace. The measure he needs for the fight he faces.

And when my struggles arise, God provides the measure of grace I need to push through, to overcome. There’s no grade, only grace in Jesus.


Focus on Gratitude:

Where could you use a perspective shift?


*Read Bill’s post here.

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