Everyday we are in a battle field. Everyday the devil is working devious schemes trying to pull us away from life in the Spirit, and life in step with the Lord. BUT, we are not alone in this fight. The Lord is there, and He is always ready to help- all we need to do is abide in him. Brittney does any amazing job at looking at this truth through the analogy of a mom, a sister, and some really cute clothes. Make sure you give it a read.
Don’t Let Satan Steal What Is Yours
As an older sister to a teenager, you would think my younger sister would be the one taking clothes from my closet. Not in my case. Whenever I come home from college for the weekend, I pack a light load knowing that I will have my sister’s closet to raid. Whether it’s her oversized sweaters, high-waisted jeans, or ankle boots—she has what I want! Bless her soul, she is so gracious and lets me wear anything of hers that I want, but not without the warning, “You better not take that back to college with you!” And because I love her and do my best to listen to her (no matter how cute the sweater is), I don’t take from her.
When I’m home, I can count on my mom looking at “my” outfit, smiling, and saying, “That’s your sister’s isn’t it!” She knows what’s mine and she knows what’s my sisters’. She knows us enough to know our different styles.
Soon, my little sister will be a freshman in college and she will learn (like myself), if she hasn’t already, that Satan isn’t so nice about taking things. Unlike myself, he won’t ask before he takes.
Currently a senior, these past three years in college have opened my eyes greatly to the fact that the enemy wants to take from me.
He wants to take my identity.
He wants to take my freedom.
He wants to take my purity.
He wants to take my time.
BUT when Satan take from us, it doesn’t go unnoticed from our Father.
In the same way that my mom immediately recognizes when what I’m wearing isn’t mine, God knows when parts of us are being stolen. When we let the enemy take our identity, our freedom, and our purity, our Father knows we aren’t fully living out who He created us to be.
If my mom can recognize her two daughters’ tastes, imagine how much more the Father who knitted us together in her womb knows about us!
In John 10:10, Jesus says that, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” But that doesn’t have to scare or intimidate us because He finishes this sentence with, “I come that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Do you see what the end of that verse says? Jesus came so that we can have life abundantly. Following Jesus in college isn’t restricting or dull—it’s the opposite! (If you think being a Christian is restrictive you need to take that thought and throw it away, because our God has plans more adventures and life giving than you can ever imagine) As daughters of God, Jesus equips us with every weapon we need to fight against the enemy’s lies telling us we can’t have abundant life. These lies come in many different forms and sneak up on us when we feel unwanted, when we are trying to grab the attention of a boy, when we compare ourselves to other women, and so many other negative thoughts.
Following Jesus in college isn’t easy, but we can be sure that our Father doesn’t leave us empty handed.
The Lord does this in many different ways, and for me it was through word, a phrase…
One day, my sophomore year in college, this word was spoken softly to me, and now I have it tucked away in my heart forever. I hope it can now encourage you in this season of following Jesus in college:
Abide in Him.
In John 15:4-5, Jesus says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
In the dictionary to abide is defined: to accept, to stay, to remain or continue.
Following Jesus in college is so much more than joining the Christian clubs or attending a church service. And while those things are great and important, following Jesus means waiting on Him, too. It means slowing down to hear from Him. Taking time to rest in His presence.
To build His kingdom on this Earth, we first need to build His Kingdom in our hearts.
“Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
If we want to be His hands and feet, we have to first learn to listen to what He has to say to us. We cannot do a job without knowing the assignment. And more importantly, we should not do a job without knowing Who it is who assigns it to us. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing.
This is where abiding comes in. As young women entering another or a first year of college, we must be ready for battle. We must spend time in His Word. We must start our day by asking Him what He wants us to do. We are too capable to allow the Enemy to take anything from us. Let’s start this year off by being women who abide in His Truth! Are you in?
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11