The flesh and the enemy, both are contrary to the peace of God. Over the last twenty-four hours, after I posted “Rest in Him”, it has been a constant vigil to stay in His peace. From conversations ending badly to feeling judged. I have to say that I do recognize this and have refused to allow the enemy to keep me there or hold me there. The constant reminders of God’s promises, His mercy, His grace, His favor are able to minister to my soul. I believe that part of being able to do this rests in accepting where you are, identifying with the emotion or feeling and then moving past it. Begin with reminding yourself of God’s promises and repeating the Word over and over again. Forgive yourself and others for whatever transpired and move to the place of peace again. Know that He has you. When you know that God is leading you, it is necessary to keep that stand. We are empowered through our union with Christ because, according to Ephesians 6:13-18, we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places in the unseen or heavenly realm.
10A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. 11Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, agains might powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stope the fiery arrows of the devil 17Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 18Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
That said, I am standing strong, thanking God and praising Him. As I see it, encouraging others becomes a game changer for the enemy. He does not want to see us doing what we are called to do. Encouraging others, spreading the Word of God, standing on the promises, and having the peace that passes understanding are contrary to his nature. I know that regardless of the arrows, God is for me. As I praise Him today, no matter what I see, I know that He gets the glory. Christ has accomplished all that He needed to and this is where we come in, “to stand.” When we have done all else, we stand. The call to be alert is very important. Sometimes we may be looking at one way and not alert to the side ways the enemy comes our way. Resting in Him gives us the spiritual eyes to see! Praise Him!
God is truly faithful, ya’ll. Yes, I went a little southern, country or whatever you want to call it. The strength and power of the Holy Spirit in me is bigger than any outside force. I encourage you all to stand no matter what it looks like. Are you standing today?
I saw this pin and started to pin it. In the core of my being, the thought was “how self-centered?” I responded to this thought immediately rather than let it go. “Why would you think that?” Some might say. Others may agree that it is self-centered, even a little egotistical. That is what I thought. Self-centered, egotistical. Not God at all. However, let’s visit the truth here. The truth of God’s Word.
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Fight … Surely the fight of faith is a fight worth having.
I believe all of us know what the word fight means. It is to contend or struggle in war, battle, single combat. It is a conflict or struggle. It is a vigorous effort in the face of difficulty. Holding our own in this world is a daunting task. However, God knew that we couldn’t do this alone or without Him, and because He loves us so much, He sent Jesus to die for us and Jesus left us His Holy Spirit to arm us. Let us fight the good fight of faith! God gave us all that we need including the descriptive details of what this looks like in Ephesians 6. There are no excuses other than we just don’t want to. I believe that equipping ourselves daily-yes, daily-with the Word of God is one of the first and very critical steps in fighting this fight.
Ephesians 6:10-18 – “(10)A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. (11) Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. (12)For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (13)Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will be standing firm. (14)Stand your ground putting on the belt of truth and the body of armor of God’s righteousness. (15)For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. (16)In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. (17) Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (18)Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
It is imperative that we get this. God is so detailed in how He gives us His Word that we should be excited. He has covered all the bases. Are you wearing your full armor in this battle? Fighting the good fight of faith is about the unseen. It is not necessary to have faith in what you already see because you see it. The unseen world, or the heavenly realm is just as real as the natural. The enemy seeks to steal, kill and destroy by any means necessary and he certainly will use the supernatural realm to try to stop us from walking by faith. You have no ammunition that can fight the enemy when you do not have God’s armor. Those negative thoughts will come and those testy situations from the enemy are used to wear us down. However, we are not to be weary in well-doing. If you don’t put on the armor, you get weaker the more you get hit. Ask any veteran about the true art of war. To fight the battle, you have to be prepared. God is so gracious to us because He has given us explicit instructions on how to fight this thing. The battle is truly not ours anyway but the Lord’s. We are His soldiers. Make no mistake because Jesus has given us the victory in His death and resurrection. The requirement from us is to fight in faith here on earth. The extent of His love is so phenomenal because He still gives us free will to say yes. God gave us Christ to save us, gave us His Holy Spirit for power in the resurrection and the Word of God to arm us. How much more can we ask for? The enemy certainly has a clue of the value of you standing in faith for your purpose in the kingdom of God. I now ask again, “Are you wearing your full armor in this battle? Is not this a fight worth fighting for? ” Our eternity is based on the answer.
My comfort today in the Lord is so much stronger. It has been an interesting January. The commitment to writing has been mentioned. A narrower focus, concentrating on my gift and being consistent or faithful has kept me appreciating all that He does for me. Faithfulness is an interesting word because it automatically lends itself to the subject of faith. However, it is not just about faith in God but also about faith in the things you do.
Faithfulness is defined by such terms as
- strict or thorough in the performance of duty; true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc; steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant
- reliable, trusted, or believed
- adhering or true to fact, a standard
- full of faith; believing (By the way this is listed as an obsolete definition. I tend to believe there is nothing obsolete about faithfulness.)
In looking at the above definition, it is definitely necessary to build this character trait. In noticing the difference and changes in myself after committing to a particular thing, I can look back and see that when I was all over the place, I was in a chaotic place. There is definitely something to be said for faithfulness. Keep reading on God’s faithfulness…!
When I first started this post, the title was Realizations…Change Has Come. However, in thinking about it while doing the dishes this morning, I came to the conclusion that I just stopped whining about things and took action. I began believing God and His Word for my life. The realization that change has actually occurred in my inner being is because I not only believe in God but believe God’s Word about me. To quote the psalmist, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14.
This enlightening moment is that to actually believe God is so liberating. He is not man that He should lie. In many of the topics presented in reading material, it seems that too many of us struggle with the challenged perspective of comparing ourselves to others. This needs to exit, like 2015. Although you may experience moments when this habit seems to die hard, remember to believe God. What He says about you is the most important thing that you can take with you this year. Continue reading!
Hard places. We find ourselves there at different times in life. Whether the situation is finances, healing, relationships or personal demons that resurface, these hard places come. Trusting God in the hard places shows the level of trust placed in God. When you are being taken to a higher level in your walk with God, these hard places show us where we actually are and where we need to go.
Yes, I am in a hard place. However, no matter the circumstances or how it looks to the natural eye, God is still in charge. In order to move beyond this place, several things need to occur. First and foremost, still trust God. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV). The Amplified version reads like this. “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” (Hebrews 11:1, Amp). Trusting God seems much easier when everything flows smoothly. It is harder for the natural man to trust when things get difficult and are out of personal control.
Secondly, speak Scripture in the situation. Renew the mind with the Word of God and speak His word in the situation and then stand. Wednesday’s post talked about the work of the enemy behind the scenes. Some of the challenges come from life and then others may be from the enemy. Remember that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against rulers and principalities of the unseen world, against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12, NLT, my paraphrase). Learning to walk this journey trusting God day by day, sometimes even moment by moment is reinforced when we encounter such challenges. As we trust Him, speak the Word and pray, God reveals His will for our lives. He continues to prove Himself faithful and will never leave us nor forsake us.
Remember to unite with like-minded believers in prayer and standing. We are not alone. We are a part of the body of Christ and when we trust those who sincerely and honestly know the Word of God and that they will pray God’s will for our lives, we have support. Behind the scenes, the enemy seeks to divide and conquer. Going through difficulty, there is a tendency to be alone or stay to oneself. Leave no door open for the enemy to use against you.
Thirdly, be anxious for nothing and give praise to God for all things, even the hard places. As I have taken these steps, I have a peace that passes all understanding. Because I have surrendered to Him, because I trust Him and because I know He has the best plan for my life, I have this peace. Regardless of the outcome of this new challenge, He will direct my steps, He will guide my direction and will carry me through.
Writing has always been a part of my life. I love words and wanted to do something with them. I have found myself in several fields that did not give me the reward I receive when I write. The older I get, the more I find that being true to oneself is key. What does that mean for many of us? Some people might not understand who they truly are.
As a Christian, I do believe that God gives each individual a purpose and gifts each person with a way to fulfill that purpose. Many of us spend years chasing circles because we either don’t understand or are not willing to listen to advice being given. Generally, young people tend to want to experience everything believing that things change with every generation. I think age has more to do with this perspective – idealistic, enthusiastic, and invincible. Some things change, everything doesn’t.
Well into mid-life, I find that I have come full circle. Even though I need work to pay the bills, I am content with writing. My heartfelt wish in writing is to share understanding about life and traveling life’s journey. Maybe someone reading what I write will be inspired and have that moment of clarity to fulfill what God has in store for them.
When I consider what type of writer I am, I believe my words cause readers to feel. The emotion a reader feels can be used to propel them further into realizing their dreams. While feelings are certainly fleeting, it is important to take what that feeling offers and move forward. For instance, anger has propelled into motion some of the greatest causes for freedom and liberty.
Anger is only one emotion, but used correctly can change a course of events to impact lives for the better. My point is this. As we move forward in our journeys, look to make an impact. Quit circling. I have never believed that I have to experience everything in my life to receive understanding. (I do not have to get burned just to believe the fire is hot.) Understand where you are headed and where you want to go. God is not slack concerning His purpose for your life and when you need additional clarity, He’ll give it to you. It may be in an actual experience, in reading, in listening, in seeing or just plain silence.
NKJV – Proverbs 2:2 – “So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding.”