12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
We can all admit that there were days when “we woke up on the wrong side of the bed”, “we didn’t eat our Wheaties” or whatever catchphrase comes to mind to describe a day filled with attack, disappointment and blunders. But what do you do when waking up on the wrong side of the bed extends one or two days longer and you feel as though you are being “punk’d” because at every turn you get hit upside the head with another unexpected blow?
What do you do when you’re doing the best you can and your best doesn’t seem like it’s good enough to withstand the obstacles you’re facing?
These are the questions I’ve been pondering and yet I’ve forgotten something so vital for the Christian to be mindful of and that is we are in a war. There is an adversary who seeks to attack our thoughts and dull our senses to what is taking place. Therefore, daily communion with God is essential. This is where we receive our strength, our wisdom and plan for battle.
Don’t think it strange when you face various types of trials, in fact, we’re told to count it all as JOY. I know, I know, I didn’t say it would make sense, but it’s the truth found in God’s Word.
James 1:2-3New International Version (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, [a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Our society is bombarded with trends, gadgets, emotionalism, materialism, social media addiction, affirmation addiction and these things are creating a constant need for us to “feel good”, be entertained and live in comfort. While Jesus came to give us the abundant life and the best kind of life, He did, in all fairness, warn us that we would have trials. He also gave us the promise that we could be of good cheer because He has overcome them all. The Christian life does not give you a free pass clear of trouble. Oh, but how grateful I am for the gift of grace that carries me in the time of need and for the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter!
When I understand that the opposition against me is no match for God in me, I learn to quickly adjust my perspective and hold up my shield of faith to deflect every dart of attack being thrown my direction. I, you, we are not defeated!
How then do we fight the good fight of faith?
1- Dress properly
A soldier never reports to duty without proper attire.
Ephesians 6:13-18 teaches us how to dress.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Being properly dressed prepares you for battle.
2- Use your worship as a weapon
It never fails that every time I’m overwhelmed with the cares of this world, just one moment in His presence changes everything for me. God is attracted to our worship; it is a magnet for His presence. Where His presence is there is fullness of joy. Defeat, discouragement and depression cannot co-exist with Him. In our time of worship with God we gain understanding for our circumstance and strength for the mission.
3- Speak the Word
If it’s true that our words frame our world, I wonder how many words we wish we could take back? The good news is that each day is a new opportunity to reframe your world. Our words have creative ability and we have whatever we say. If you declare you’re beat up and defeated, welcome to the world of woes. Just this week I told my daughter she gets to determine the day she will have by how she approaches it with her thoughts and words. Speak life over your day and over your life!
I’m convinced that love will always be one of our greatest weapons. Love does not equal weakness. Love will cause you to see situations from God’s perspective. When you understand the vast love God has for you and others it will strengthen you in your fight of faith.
Sisters, God has created you to overcome! You are more than able to be victorious in this good fight of faith!
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