I recently read through a devotional entitled “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyers.  Found a few quotes that jumped out at me and have sort of stuck with me.  Sharing those quotes here!  (All quotes are to be attributed to Joyce Meyers.)

“If the enemy of your mind can convince you that you’re too bad or too worthless, he has set up a stronghold in your mind.”

” . . . Satan is never in a hurry.  All he needs is an opportunity to inject unholy, self-centered thoughts into our heads.  If we don’t kick them out, they stay.  And he can continue his evil, destructive plan.”

“That’s exactly how Satan works.  He begins by bombarding our minds with cleverly devised patterns of irritation, dissatisfaction, doubt, fears, and reasonings.  He moves slowly and cautiously (after all, well-laid plans take time).”

I also just completed a devotional entitled “Praying for Your Elephant – Praying Bold Prayers”.  The quotes below come from that study, written by Pastor Adam Stadtmiller.

“The boundaries of our personal prayer lives often have les to do with biblical restrictions and more to do with the limitations we place on them.”

“The Devil has no ability to contain prayer.  Prayer is spiritually nuclear in nature; it is the raw material of God and His people.  Prayer is out of Satan’s influence.  He has no power to warp or influence a prayer’s trajectory to God’s throne after it has been prayed.  Once a prayer is unleashed, it bounces around eternity in perpetuity, burning before the throne of God like incense.”

“When prayer is primarily about answers, our relationship with God becomes results focused.  When God says no or works outside of our time schedule, we desperately question why and are tempted to feel inadequate or unloved by God.  Be assured that as you grow in the area of asking prayer, the Devil will seek to shift the focus of your prayers from relationship to results.”

“When God answers your prayers in dramatic fashion, you will grow in the knowledge of His power and care for you.  When God works on His schedule instead of yours, you will come to know more about His sustaining power.  And when God says no and your dreams die or perhaps you lose someone close to you, you will come to know the God of all comfort who weeps with you.”

“Here is a truth.  Jesus did not die on a cross so that he could continue to speak to you primarily through some other person, movie, or book.  Christ came and suffered to be known intimately by you and to open up the lines of communication blocked by the fall of mankind.  He came that He might speak mightily and directly to you.  Scripture is clear when it says, ‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need. (Heb. 4:16)’ It does not say that we are to approach the throne standing behind a human mediator.”

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