SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:10 – 18
So I got up today feeling a little defeated. Some issues in my life have been around for a long time … a really long time. Some days are better than others, some days my endurance is better than others, some days my perspective is better than others … and some days just suck.
I read my Bible, I pray, I ask for deliverance … but the Lord has decided that His grace is sufficient. Uh oh.
Have any of those kinds of issues in your life? They just don’t seem to go anywhere in spite of your best efforts to follow Jesus. And the maddening thing is … we KNOW He can do anything. So why does this keep going?
I have no idea.
That’s right … you heard me. I don’t know.
But even when we can’t defeat a situation or fix a relationship or remove ourselves from sorrow … we are to be strong in the Lord. We are to spiritually win.
Someday these circumstances that I walk in today will be gone.
The physical world and its ups and downs will no longer be my reality.
But the win on spiritual warfare lasts forever.
THE ARMOR FOR THE FIGHT
Standing firm … the spot I occupy on earth is for Jesus.
Truth … I recently heard this defined as reality from God’s perspective. I love that.
Righteousness … from Jesus …. mine looks like dirty rags.
Readiness … walking in the gospel of peace makes me ready for everything and everyone.
A shield of faith – I can’t see my home in heaven, I can’t hear a physical voice, I can’t see the spiritual realm of heaven with physical eyes… but I’m betting my life that Jesus is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do.
A helmet of salvation … totally depending on what Jesus did - not what I do. Thankfully, because I’m not so reliable … hence my weak start today.
A sword for fighting back … God’s Word … Jesus had terrific swordplay with Satan in Matthew 4:1-11. I love, love, love that this is our only offensive weapon – like seriously what else could we need?!!
Prayer … always … all kinds … for all the saints … because we are all struggling.
Well this exercise helped me a lot. I see a couple of chinks in my armor today and am off to get repaired. Hope this helped someone else as well.