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Pinned Down

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“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart (fear not); I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

We all know what it’s like to feel pinned down. You know that “stuck between a rock and a hard place” feeling. That feeling often leads to three reactions or postures: escape, dig in, or give up. As Kingdom Men with Kingdom Families, we are aware that Satan tries to attack us and pin us down. His go-to tactics are often fear, shame, guilt, and anxiety. 

But we don’t have to be stuck there. We don’t have to escape, dig in, or give up. The Father has already provided the victory and given it purpose. We just need to adjust our perspective, utilize our lenses (love, warrior, teacher, and king), and move. 

When we were at Chickamauga Battlefield this year, one of the wives in our group shared the posture that keeps her in the fight when she feels pinned down. She said, “Rejoice Always. Pray Continually. Give thanks in Everything.” Paul echoes her posture in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. When I got home, I shared this with my wife. She told me her strategy when she felt pinned down. She calls it “TSA: Trust God. Surrender. Accept His Plan.” In almost a divine coincidence or “god-wink,” Paul echoes my wife’s strategy just a few verses later in 1 Thessalonians 5:23. 

  • Trust: May God himself, the God of Peace

  • Surrender: Sanctify you through and through

  • Accept His Plan: May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The enemy tries to pin us down so that we feel isolated and defeated. He tries to get us to believe that, in the tough times, God and everyone else will abandon us. But God said we will face tribulation and hard times, but we will never face them alone. Moreover, take heart; He has overcome. 

Daily Battle Order:

What’s your posture when you feel pinned down? Is it any different when a family member feels pinned down? Talk it over. How would employing the “TSA” or “Rejoice Always, Pray continually, Give thanks in everything” postures impact your family?

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David Splan
David Splan
4 days ago

My walk with God started at an early age. My interventions were often. My faith made me understand that I could not depend on friends for help. My lack of fear for the enemy and my forgiveness of malice of my captors by my faith in Jesus saved me. It was with cpr and others being held by cartel’s that helped thru Gods love that set me free.

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