2 Corinthians 12:9a And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
I am passionate about God’s word and sharing it with others. Whether in speaking or in writing, I want to always point others to the One who has given me the sufficient grace to overcome anything.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Armor of God Part One /
I am excited to introduce a new series on
the Armor of God.Please join me in the upcoming
weeks as we look at each piece of the armor, the history behind it, and what it
means for the Christian.If you stick
with me, you might even learn about some secret weapons.
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Why do we need God’s armor in the first
Any parent will tell you the most used word
in their kid’s vocabulary is the word “Why”.When we as believers ask this question, sometimes we get an answer,
sometimes we don’t.In the case of
spiritual armor, and why we need it, the answer is clear.
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV) 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh
and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the
For the believer, the battle is for their minds,
for their witness, and for their ministry.For the unbeliever, the battle is for their very soul.The battle is real, and we are experiencing it
minute by minute, every day.
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1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may
don’t want to focus on our enemy, but we can’t really talk about the battle
until we know who our enemy is.I want
us to never take our eyes off of the One who has defeated Him, but also we need
to keep our eyes open to what is happening around us so we can stand firm
he is a defeated foe.As we see in this
passage, he has limits.Yes he has
power, but by using Jesus’ name, he can only go as far as God will allow him to
go.This says he is seeking someone to devour, but it does not say he is devouring
them.Take heart, he may be a lion, but
he is a chained one, and God has given us the tools to walk in victory.
what can he do? His goal, told to us
by Jesus Himself in John 10:10 The thief does not come
except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have
life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
I believe part of him
being a defeated foe means he can’t literally kill us, and so what he does, is
try to kill our abundant life.He tries
to kill relationships, our joy, our will, and he tries to kill out testimony
and ministry.How does he do this?By destroying things in our life.He plays havoc with our minds, he casts doubt
and fear into our lives, causing us to doubt our salvation and ourselves.By using our human frailties, he tries to
fracture every relationship.He estranges
children from their parents and destroys marriages.He steals our peace with God, he robs our very
joy and he steals our witness…if we let him.
I heard a good analogy
recently, (I wish I could remember so I could give proper credit). It is that,
like a chess game, it is possible to declare “check mate”, but still have moves
left on the board.It won’t change the
outcome, but the game can still be played for a while.That is how Satan is.“Check mate” has been declared at the cross,
but he is still moving his pieces around the board.He will never change the fact that God has
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He does not play fair and
will always attack us where we are the weakest.I have suffered from migraine headaches for many years, and it seems
like I get a headache at the exact time when I need to be healthy for ministry
or something important.I have never
suffered from depression before, but in the last few years since I lost my
husband and father, my grief has made me susceptible, and when I least expect
it, I have severe bouts of depression.These attacks were so great, that I really thought something was wrong
with me.For me, the way out has been
through study, prayer and fasting.I
find I need to constantly put on, as well as keep my armor on daily.For those who suffer clinical depression, this
is real, please seek the help of a medical professional.
How do your attacks come?
What is your biggest battle?
God has given us tools, the armor,
to help us.In the weeks to come, we
will look at each piece.