To say this last week has been rough would be a major understatement. It’s been a series of earthly frustrations, with a raging all-out spiritual battle.
Rather than list out all the things that went wrong, let’s just say by Sunday, I felt demoralized, emotionally spent, and disillusioned… yep, that pretty much sums it up. Ever been there before? When you feel like you’ve got nothing left to give, when you feel like you have nothing to offer, like a fraud and a failure?
And you even start wondering if God is listening, if he’s even got a plan? If you made the whole thing up?
That’s where I was for a little while. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been there. Maybe you can relate.
That’s when we have to go to battle, like Emily Brown.
Emily Brown is a little girl in the children’s book That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown.
My daughters borrowed it from the library and it’s all they’ve wanted to read for the past four days. I’ve read it at least 18 times.
It’s about a little girl with a tattered stuffed bunny rabbit named Stanley. The queen decides she would like Stanley aka Bunnywunny for herself, so she goes about the usual way that queens get what they want: sending her people to demand it.
But Emily Brown doesn’t back down. Not when the royal footman politely asks for the rabbit, not when the queen offers all the toys she could ever desire in exchange, not when the admiral of the Navy insists that the rabbit would be much better off with the queen, not when the admiral of the Air Force warns her of the consequences of noncompliance.
In fact, Emily Brown tells that admiral off and puts up a sign to advertise the fact that her rabbit is NOT for sale.
She never once doubts that the rabbit belongs to HER. And she’s not afraid to stand up to anyone who tries to tell her otherwise. Even armies, even the queen herself.
What is the enemy trying to steal from you?
Satan is always out to steal our joy, our confidence, and our assurance of God’s love for us. He’s out to get our hope and our inheritance in Christ. Don’t let him have it.
He wants to make us believe that the gifts God has given us would be SO much better off with that better-in-some-way other person.
He wants us to feel crazy for valuing our faith, something as meek as a bunny rabbit, when he will give us all the world has to offer in exchange.
He wants us to feel inadequate, like what we have and who we are isn’t enough, and he wants us to feel like we’re in a hopeless battle.
We have to call him out on it. The enemy is like that queen who used all these tactics to get the rabbit for herself. Nothing she told Emily Brown was true, it was only manipulation and lies.
Emily Brown knew it, and she fought back boldly with the truth: that rabbit belonged to HER.
We have to recognize when we are being attacked and fight back with truth. We have to assault the enemy with prayer, scripture, and worship to God, with meditation on what is true and we have to call on the help of the Holy Spirit.
That’s what Ephesians 6 is about: standing firm with the FULL armor of God: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the belt of truth, and the sword of the Spirit.
Be like Emily Brown. Put your armor on.
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