IMG_5216Lately, God has been talking to me quite often about rest. He has continually confirmed what He is showing me about rest. Just yesterday I read a statement online that said ‘rest is a weapon given to us by God. The enemy hates it because he wants you stressed and occupied.’

It’s true, you simply can’t rest if you are stressed and occupied. And it is true that the enemy does attempt to keep you stressed and overwhelmed.

As I thought of this yesterday, I was reminded of something I once heard a doctor say. He said; ‘stress makes it extremely difficult to conceive.’

As I listened to this doctor, I found that when under significant stress, the probability of conception is reduced greatly. I also found that even animals shut down their reproductive functions in times of stress and scarce resources. Just the other day, Breanne told me when she moves her chickens, it stresses them and they stop laying eggs.

As I continued to listen, God spoke to me and said ‘it is the same in the Spirit, it is very difficult to conceive when you are in stress, fear or anxiety. This is not the breeding ground for a miracle to be conceived.’ He went on to say ‘it is also very difficult to hear My voice when you are in stress or anxious, you hear My voice best when you are at peace.’ ‘I am not in chaos; I am a God of peace.’

I began to think about how stress can be a tool in the enemy’s hand against the people of God. When he attacks, stress comes, anxiety comes, and sometimes fear comes. When this happens it is very difficult to hear God, one reason is that we are now seeking Him out of desperation and not faith. As long as stress and anxiety remain, it will be difficult to hear God and even more difficult for you to conceive the miracle you need.

Isn’t it interesting that in many cases reproductive functions shut down during times of stress and scarce resources? If you are a Christian, on fire for God, the last thing the enemy wants is for you to reproduce. If he could stop another person from being born again, he would, but he can’t, as long as we keep spreading the word and bringing others out of bondage and into the Kingdom of God.

He desires to shut down your reproductive functions and he wants to do that through bringing stress and scarce resources into your life. I realize that when attacks come it is extremely difficult to NOT be stressed; to not feel the pressure of the attack…it IS difficult but not impossible.

For me, when I know the enemy’s tactics it helps me a lot. Therefore now knowing that he is trying to stop me from conceiving what God has for me helps me. That knowledge alone will help me to overcome.
The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3 that God will keep us in perfect peace when our mind is stayed upon Him. I know He does this, I have seen Him do it in my life in areas where I should have had no peace, but as I kept my mind upon Him, I had peace.

It is when we get our mind off God and on to the situation that our peace departs…when our peace departs…our miracle and its conception is hindered.

Jesus is our Prince of Peace; God is the author of peace. The Bible says that Jesus gave us HIS peace…it is a great peace that can endure the cross and come out the other side. The enemy could not and did not stop Him from reproducing and he can’t stop us either…if we will stay in peace.

It is my prayer for you today that whatever challenge or battle the enemy has brought into your life, you refuse to get your mind on the battle, instead keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. It is my prayer that you keep your mind stayed upon God at all times and conceive all He has destined for you.

Pursue Peace today, resist stress and anxiety – it is the enemy’s weapon, give it no place, pursue peace…keep your mind on God.