Back to Basics

Sometimes you need to keep things simple–really simple.  Really, sometimes you just need to go back to basics. 

I’ve been in that place lately. On one hand, it is a ridiculously exciting time to be alive. I feel a shift in the spiritual atmosphere that I’ve never felt before. I’ve heard amazing testimonies on a larger scale than ever before. I can literally feel breakthrough right around the corner in a multitude of personal areas.

But I’ve also been feeling the ongoing harassment of hell’s legions with increased persistence. We know that “the devil (always) prowls about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour,” but there are times when you feel him breathing down your neck in a particularly intense way. This has been one of those seasons.

I know I’m not alone. I know lots of folks are going through lots of “stuff” right now. But even through all the “stuff” of life, Jesus made a way for us to resist the schemes of hell and cling to the promises and plans of heaven. And what better way to stand firm in the purposes of God than by clinging to His own word?

When it comes to Scripture, I’m a “selah” kind of girl. While I have a high value for reading through the entire Bible (and have many times), God most often speaks to me when I chew on a particular passage for an extended period of time–sometimes for days or weeks, other times for  months or even years! The passage I’ve been chewing on lately is Psalm 103:1-5:

Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

In these short verses, I’ve found I’ve found myself returning to three basic but profoundly important principles again and again:

1. Praise. Always. At all times. In all things. God is ALWAYS worthy of praise. Yep, this is Christianity 101 (and 201 and 301 and 401 and … ). His worth is NEVER dependent upon my circumstances or my mood. He always is who He is–and He is always glorious and good. Lifting my voice to acknowledge that fact regardless of what I do or do not see and regardless of how I do or do not feel in any given moment, is simply aligning my heart and will with the truth–and that is always a good move.

2. Remember. Never–ever–forget the good things He does and has done. Focus on what He’s done and is doing – NOT on what He hasn’t yet done. Meditate on all the ways He has come through in the past. Recall those particularly impactful instances of His faithfulness. Remind yourself of all the promises He’s already kept. You can even feast on the ways you see Him moving in someone else’s life. He is no respecter of persons–if He has done it for one, He can do it for you!

3. Cling to His promises. What are His specific promises to you in your situation? If you don’t know, ask Him!  Ask until you have His specific word to you for that situation. He is the One who fills our lives with GOOD things. Cling to the specific good things He has promised you–faith “calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Rom.4:17). Against all hope, in hope, continue to believe!

That’s it. Simple stuff. Basic stuff. Because sometimes the simplest and most basic stuff is the also the most powerful.

What about you? Is it time to go back to basics?


15 thoughts on “Back to Basics

  1. I have been worshipping a lot lately. He seems to be impressing me to sing to Him. I feel it is a powerful now strategy to defeat our enemies. Can’t explain it but it is working. Not to mention the increased joy. We know what that does.

    1. Amen, Kate. Such power in focusing on Him rather than our “stuff”. I will check out the link you’ve shared as soon as I can. Sounds intriguing! Blessings to you–thanks for sharing the post 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Healing Writing Room and commented:
    From fellow writer and God lover Cindy Powell, a simple yet powerful reminder. God has been impressing me to worship Him more. It is working. It seems to be a NOW strategy to defeat our spirirutal enemies. Let’s get back to basics, shall we?

  3. I needed that today, Cindy. I’m loving reading from your book every morning. Thank you for your faithfulness!

  4. Amen. Major shifting going on. Jesus has gotten so much bigger to me, I feel like I’m starting anew in so many ways. The things I was so sure about before, I don’t believe, and I’m believing things I never imagined! 🙂 Yes, tis a crazy awesome and challenging time to be alive. Blessings.

    1. Crazy, awesome, and challenging – YES – that about sums it up! And boy can I relate to feeling like I’m starting all over again. But here’s to a shift into a far BIGGER revelation of a God who is so much greater than we can even begin to comprehend! Blessings to you, Mel 🙂

  5. Cindy,
    Yep, time to go back to basics. I’m doing a personal study in Romans 6:1-11 right now. Rich treasures of truth and basic theology on what Christ has done for us. Keeps me praising, remembering, and clinging to His promises! Blessings to you and thanks for sharing!

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