Dear Precious Friends,
On this Fill Our Soul Sunday, I pray you are taking time out to fill your Soul with God's word, worship and good Bible teaching.
WOW. This is powerful! Let's remember these simple truths to repeat in the spiritual battles we face each day. It is important for Christians to be aware that there is a spiritual battle taking place around us—we are a part of it whether we want to be or not. In order to successfully live for Christ instead of being a casualty of the Devil, we must engage in the spiritual battle that is happening. Through the Bible, God has provided us with the right weapons for our warfare.
The primary battle that we face as Christians is an internal battle of the mind and heart, and the battles we face will be personally relevant to each of us as individuals. The Devil seeks to devour us and we must be intentional to stand against him and his "flaming darts" (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:16). Our weapons must be spiritual in nature. We need to put on the armor of God: "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:11–12).
One of the subtlest struggles regarding the spiritual battle around us is our human tendency to attempt to build protection from the spiritual world using natural means and explanations. Paul instructed the Corinthian church about this: "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" (2 Corinthians 10:3–5). We live and walk in the flesh, but if we try to fight spiritual battles with natural tools and strategies, we will fail. If we want to have victory over the enemy, we need to fight spiritual battles with spiritual weapons! Our offensive spiritual weapon in this spiritual battle is the "sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). Having the Word of God as our sword keeps us strong in the spiritual battle. What we find is that when we keep the Word of God as the weapon of our warfare, God does the fighting for us (Joshua 1:7–9). We have freedom from fear, guilt, shame, and despair, because the power to win the spiritual battle belongs to the Lord. Even if we are persecuted for Christ's sake while on earth, we have comfort knowing the war is already won; we just have to be faithful in the fight (Matthew 5:10). God's Word is what cleanses and refreshes us, keeping us strong during battle (Ephesians 5:26; John 7:38)
My friends... when the thoughts enter our mind we must take the thought captive to Christ. In other words remember God's truth and come against the enemy.
Here is a list and a way for us to remember these truths.
Have a beautiful day knowing the deep, deep love of Christ, knowing the weapons we each have to fight against the schemes of the enemy who knows His days are numbered. Lets rally against Him!!
I would like us all to take time out to pray every single day for our healthcare workers who are walking in exhaustion with all they are facing day after day. They are experiencing a level of difficulties we can't imagine. May we pray for them, reach out to them, do something kind for them and remember the deep deep love they have for God to be in such a High Calling Profession and all they are dealing with.
May God bless us as we fix our eyes on Him and remember the truth of why we are still here... to share Him with all we come in contact with.
Armor up my friends... We are ready for this battle!