Living Defeated or Victorious: That Decision was Given to You to Make.

This devotional clip was written by David Bowden author of When God Isn’t There. You can read more of this devotional through YouVersion titled Rewire Your Heart (I have inserted a few thoughts as well throughout this devotional; they are italicized in brackets).



When times get really hard it becomes so much easier to sin. (The temptations seem to pull stronger, the lure more frequent.) Psalm 37 is about how to persevere during a really hard time.

The Psalmist, David, writes that wicked people are doing terrible things. How should David and the people respond? David says we should respond with stillness, patience, and faith.

  • But how is that even possible?
  • How can we just sit there and take it?
  • How can we be still when everything is swirling around us?
  • How can we be patient when everything is going wrong?
  • How can we have faith when all hope seems to be lost?

(God has filled the pages of Scripture for us to see, learn, taste in the goodness of Him in the land of the living (Psalm 27), but for today we will only look into one powerful verse. Psalm 37:4 is one of the most beautiful, helpful, and we encouraging passages I know.)

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

This verse is so helpful for two main reasons.

1) Perseverance and fighting sin don’t have to be a sad affair. We are called to find delight! But where are we to find this delight in such bleak circumstances? We can’t find them in our surroundings. We can’t find them just by looking on the bright side.

We find (true, real) delight in the LORD…when we delight ourselves in Him.

For us as Christians, (one of) the best ways to do this is by repeating (remembering) the Good News of the Gospel to yourself. Jesus has saved you from sin and death (don’t even forget that). He has taken your punishment…(your rightful place on that cross.) You have been reconciled to the Father (forgiven of it all, justified, redeemed). You’ve been made a temple of the living God (an heir). Delight yourself in all God has done for you (praise Him)!

2) The second reason this verse is so helpful is because we get something (isn’t God so good, not only does He forgive us, cleanse us, make us His child, He also lavishes upon us good things). Not only do we not have to be sad, but…we get the desires of our hearts.

What are these desires in our hearts that we will be given in times of trouble? Well, it is the very thing we have been delighting in.

We will get God!

  • No matter the circumstance.
  • No matter the sin.
  • If you delight yourself in the God of the Gospel you will get the God of the Gospel.
  • Revel in Jesus.
  • Jesus will reveal himself to you.

That is how you fight sin in difficult times. Engage your heart in the fight. Delight yourself in God.


There are so many more verses in Scripture that we could comb through today, but this devotional has been such a good reminder that…

  1. We are not defeated for we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us so (Romans 8:37).
  2. God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
  3. When we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).

Engage your heart in the fight. Delight yourself in God…He delights in you!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

It’s Been a Good Day.

Have you ever come to the end of your day and say to yourself, “It’s. Been. A. Good. Day.”

It doesn’t mean your day was free of trials, or lacked testing, what it does mean –the presence of God was presently working in your life and you can testify to it. Throughout the day you saw God, you experienced God, you saw His working hand in your life turning your sinful heart into His masterpiece. You may even asked for forgiveness, confessed a fault, or gave thanks…but the evidence was clear. God had spoken and you heard.

I wish I had more days like this, but sadly, I get in the way. I worry. I fret. I pout. I plan. I….

My flesh demands attention. I become consumed or derailed by people, situations, and even myself that honestly, it sucks me dry. I find myself weary, discouraged, and fulfilling nothing for the kingdom of God.

This is not of God!

If it is not of God, there is only one other option —  it comes from the pit of hell. The devil glories on days when believers choose failure over victory. A defeated Christian is the devil’s masterpiece; his work flourishes while God’s derails.

God’s purpose is victorious. I forget I have already won the battle. Who am I to place myself defeated in Christ’s victory? Who am I to degrade a temple of the Holy Spirit — whether myself or another believer? Who am I to think I am greater than my Master?

Beware of tainted eyesight.

God is always present, lest I forget.

Today’s been good.

Practicing the presence of God in life changes you. When we seek first after God (the things of His kingdom) and His rightness…that’s when you catch yourself saying, “It’s. Been. A. Good. Day.” (Matthew 6:33).

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

The Battle of Thought

Truly the mind and thought are a battlefield that war against one another: the flesh, the spirit and even against themselves. It shouldn’t but it does, it reminds me of that commercial years ago of a gentleman with a mini-sized white dressed angel on one shoulder and on the other he had a mini-sized red dressed devil. They both were whispering in his ear telling him what to do — one was sly in words (the devil) and the other was truthful in words (God), but the man was confused in which way to turn. He went nuts!

So, it is true today, though there is no such thing as a mini-sized white dressed angel or a mini-sized red dressed devil sitting on our shoulder whispering in our ear telling us what we should or shouldn’t do. But if we are honest with ourselves, our mind (and our thoughts) battle for attention, direction, and desires that frankly conflict more often then we care to admit. The war of what we know, what is right, wrong, and/or Biblical (meaning, squaring up with the Word of God: the Scriptures) and the daily choice of Colossians 3 — living the Word of God out with a heavenly mindset. We drive ourselves “nuts” like the man in the commercial when we do it our way and not God’s way.

Why do this to ourselves?

Today, I would love to share with you something I have been personally working on myself and hope it will be an encouragement to you in your walk with Christ as well as in your heart and thought process of taking out the toxic and replacing it with GOD! Because our thoughts matter, because HE matters!

First, I am going to give you all three points, then we will go back and revisit each one briefly.

  • To battle against our toxic thoughts {which are sinful} we first must 1) IDENTIFY THEM. This my friends takes honesty — from within and with God. Remember He already knows you from the inside out, so don’t be shy with your Lord. You need to be honest with yourself for you will go nowhere in this journey without it. There is also a possibility that you may need to be honest with others in this stage as well. Be on your knees before your King and ask Him to show you. Don’t forget Jeremiah 33:3.
  • 2) REJECT IT. This battle is like none other. It is not physical, though at times it may feel like it, rather it is a spiritual battle that requires God’s help in fighting. You cannot identify or reject without God’s enabling power working within you. You are unable to complete this task in and of ourselves for we cannot fight or win this battle alone, but rather through Him we are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37).
  • 3) REPLACE IT. I cannot tell you how incredibly important this part of the puzzle is to rid yourself of toxic thoughts. If we do not replace that lie, falsehood, whatever it is in your life that is contrary to God, Himself, His Word, His Truth’s (promises, His character) and who He says you are in Christ — (I don’t write this to scare you into anything, but to help you understand the grave importance of this) it will return in some form or another but worst than the first time around! Guaranteed! (for example: if someone says that you are worthless, no good, the scum, etc, but uses you for their sexual pleasure — tell me my friend, where is the GOD-TRUTH in those statements? Tell me where the GOD-TRUTH is in the BIBLE!!!! Tell me which one LOVES YOU!!!!) CLING TO THE WORD!
  • You must replace what you are striving to take out! Don’t lose hope — God will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5; Deut. 31:6).
  • Choose to trust God’s Truth even if you do not fully understand God’s wise and loving plan. God can never be unloving; He cannot go against Himself, NEVER!

Praying for you today as you seek first the kingdom of God and identify, reject and replace. Enjoy your walk with Jesus! Stick to the Word!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Reblogging 11.03.18 from the original post dated July 18,2017; Colleen Woodruff; inchristiamshe.com

The Battle of Thought

Truly the mind and thought are a battlefield that war against one another: the flesh, the spirit and even against themselves. It shouldn’t but it does, it reminds me of that commercial years ago of a gentleman with a mini-sized white dressed angel on one shoulder and on the other he had a mini-sized red dressed devil. They both were whispering in his ear telling him what to do — one was sly in words (yet wrong) and the other was truthful yet honest in word, but the man was confused in which way to turn. He went nuts!

So, it is true today, though there is no such thing as a mini-sized white dressed angel or a mini-sized red dressed devil sitting on our shoulder whispering in our ear telling us what we should or shouldn’t do. But if we are honest with ourselves, our mind (and/or thoughts) battle for attention, direction, and desires that quiet frankly conflict more often then we care to admit. The war of what we know, what is right, wrong, and/or Biblical (meaning, squaring up with the Word of God: the Scriptures) and the daily choice of Colossians 3 — living the Word of God out with a heavenly mindset. We drive ourselves “nuts” like that man in the commercial when we do it our way and not God’s way.

Maybe we should be asking ourselves this question: “Why?”

Today, I would love to share with you something I have been personally working on myself and hope it will be an encouragement to you in your walk with Christ as well as in your heart and thought process of taking out the toxic and replacing it with GOD! Because our thoughts matter, because HE matters!

First, I am going to give you all three points, then we will go back and revisit each one briefly. 

  • To battle against our toxic thoughts {which are sinful} we first must 1) IDENTIFY THEM. This my friends, takes honesty — from within and with God. Remember He already knows you from the inside out, so don’t be shy with your Lord. You need to be honest with yourself for you will go nowhere in this journey without it. There is also a possibility that you may need to be honest with others in this stage as well. Be on your knees before your King and ask Him to show you. Don’t forget Jeremiah 33:3.
  • 2) REJECT IT. This battle is like none other. It is not physical, though at times it may feel like it, but rather it is a spiritual battle that requires God’s help in fighting. You cannot identify or reject without God’s enabling power working within you. You are unable to complete this task in and of ourselves for we cannot fight or win this battle alone, but rather through Him we are more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37).
  • 3) REPLACE IT. I cannot tell you how incredibly important this part of the puzzle is to rid yourself of toxic thoughts. If we do not replace that lie, falsehood, whatever it is in your life that is contrary to God, Himself, His Word, His Truth’s (promises, His character) and who He say you are in Christ — (I don’t write this to scare you into anything, but to help you understand the grave importance of this) it will return in some form or another but worst than the first time around! Guaranteed! (for example: if someone says that you are worthless, no good, the scum, etc, but uses you for their sexual pleasure — tell me my friend, where is the GOD-TRUTH in those statements? Tell me where the GOD-TRUTH is in the BIBLE!!!! Tell me which one LOVES YOU!!!!) CLING TO THE WORD!
  • You must replace what you are striving to take out! Don’t lose hope — God will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5; Deut. 31:6).
  • Choose to trust God’s Truth even if you do not fully understand God’s wise and loving plan. God can never be unloving; He cannot go against Himself, NEVER!

      Praying for you today as you seek first the kingdom of God and identify, reject and replace. Enjoy your walk with Jesus! Stick to the Word!