Satan wants to destroy you; this is not news. He will do anything to keep your faith from growing. Anything. In fact, I am quite certain that the one thing he doesn’t want to happen is for you to put all your faith in Jesus Christ. Do it anyway.
The first thing he is going to do is tell you that you can’ t do this weight loss/change your life thing. “It’s too hard, and you will fail,” he says. He is a brazen liar. Do it anyway.
Next, he will tell you that you don’t deserve self control, peace, joy, and love. “You have sinned too much, and you aren’t worth it.” God says you are worth it. In fact, he says you are wonderfully and beautifully made. Believe Him.
But don’t be naive. You are going to have to fight for your joy from the enemy. It won’t just happen. Satan will ridicule, threaten, and taunt you. He is a bully. That is what bullies do. Fight for your joy anyway.
Nehemiah knows all about ridicule, threats, and taunting.
“Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity,” (Neh 4:4).
He built his wall anyway.
“So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart,” (Neh 4:6)
He not only built the wall, but he built it with a sword on his side ready for battle. He worked day and night in his clothes with his weapon. Ready at any minute to do battle.
“Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes,” (Neh 4: 13-14).
Nehemiah was committed. Are you?
“So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God,” (Neh 6: 15-16)
God will fight for you. He will do awesome work in you. You must be willing to do the same. You are more than able. You are a fierce warrior.
Fight for your joy, sister.