Dear Precious Friends,
As we embrace this new day, it's important we start our day and week with the right mindset. We have asked the Lord since our New Year started to "teach us to number our days so we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12
As we strive to live our lives for the Lord we will find a battle brewing and we need armor to overcome... We need God's word and to be filled with His truth. Are any of you experiencing this right now? A battle? What do we do when we are in battle? We need strategy to have victory!
We are overcomers, we are victory filled, we are determined and yes we are "I can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH champions! "
I love this reminder! When we are struggling with peace, the peace of God that passes all understanding and find it so hard to find... we must remember we live in a warzone!
And like it or not, we are in a war — a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists.
And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s in our head.
Here is how Paul describes it in 2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (emphasis added):
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
“The devil doesn’t want us to think clearly about sin. He keeps things vague so that he can imprison and disarm us.”
What are the satanic strongholds that spiritually imprison people, the strongholds that we seek to destroy? Arguments and opinions. Where is the battle raging? Where our thoughts are.
And arguments are not merely strongholds; they are weapons of mass destruction. Adam and Eve (and all of us with them) fell because of an argument. They believed the serpent’s argument and stopped believing God.
That is the deadly essence of sin: not believing God. To not believe God is to ally with Satan, whom Jesus said is “a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth. . . . For he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
You don’t want Satan as an ally. He’s treacherous. He’s out to murder you with lies.
Watch your emotions. They are signals of arguments. Your emotions, which can land on you like vague impressions or moods, are usually responses to an argument. Moods don’t come out of nowhere. When we are angry, discouraged, depressed, anxious, self-pitying, fearful, or irritable, it is likely because we are believing something very specific.
To battle sin is to battle unbelief — or destroy arguments. And in order to battle unbelief effectively, we must press doubts and temptations into specific arguments. What specifically is being asserted or promised to us? Only then can we destroy the enemy’s false arguments with true ones.
“When we are anxious, depressed, or irritable, it’s likely because we’re believing a lie about ourselves or God.”
OUCH!!! That hurts!!!
Yet instead of focusing on our problems, we have God's POWER through His Promises!!! We have His word... armor up my friends... Replace all the lies with His truth...
The victory that overcomes the world is our faith (1 John 5:4). This is precisely why the devil does not want us to think clearly about sin. He wants to keep things vague so he can imprison or disarm us. But Jesus wants us to think clearly. He wants us to know the truth because the truth brings freedom:
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31–32)
So let’s fight against “unbelieving hearts” by exhorting one another every day (Hebrews 3:12–13) to live in the freedom — and peace (John 16:33) — of the truth.
WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES US STRENGTH!!! NOT SOME THINGS... ALL THINGS!!!
Whatever we are facing let's give it to our Lord, armor up with His word, His promises and live in freedom and peace.