I am headache.
I am overwhelm.
I am running behind.
I am never good enough.
I am stuck in this pattern and can’t be free.
Every time we confirm our struggle, we make it our identity and in turn, give it greater hold in our life.
You are not a problem.
Truthfully, the battle begins in your mind. You were chosen by God to be free and bear fruit. Waging this battle is not easy! It is, after all, a battle. However, as children of God, we have access to all the tools we need to fight victoriously.
I love how The Message Bible translates this scripture:
“God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. Youâ€™ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.â€ Ephesians 6:10-18 MSG
When you hear yourself say, whether in your head or out loud, something that identifies you with your struggles, grab it and turn it around. Speak the truth over your life, and the lives of those around you. If you do, your life will never be the same.
I stumbled upon this sentence while on my personal struggle for self-forgiveness. I believe it is amazing. It is a funny thing how perspective can change the world. In some ways I have gained too much. In some ways, too little. Oppenheimer quoted Vishnu in the Bhagavad Gita to express self-hate. Da Vinci quoted himself. I believe regardless of faith, we are each our own gargoyle. Thank you for your insight on this simple but important phrase.