Dear Precious Friends,
On this TGIFF... Thank God I'm Forgiven Friday, I pray you are feeling the strength of the Lord over anything Satan tries to cause you to believe.
How are we to do this? We must have a strategy!!! Where do we get our strategy for victory? Of course God's word which has all truth and Ephesians is filled with exactly what we need to walk in Victory... I have to admit, it is so tough being human! We know this and how often do we stand firm in the Lord when Satan tries to mess with us???
Let's see what God's incredible word reminds us of and how we battle!!!
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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 heavenly places…. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace."
Ephesians 6:10–12, 14–15
Everything we need for victory is in God's word.. I love that He starts with girding our waist with truth... WOW.... We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free!
One of the biggest lies we believe about God is the lie that God is angry with us. The devil knows that if he can cause you to believe that God is mad at us, he can keep you trapped in fear, defeat, and bondage. Let's expose this lie from the devil and see what God’s Word reminds us.... God is not mad at us. He is mad about you! God loves you and I passionately, and He wants us to be fully assured and confident of His love for you.
To begin living a victorious life, it’s important we believe with all your heart that God is for you and not against you (see Rom. 8:31). When we use the weapons of right believing to prevail against the wiles of the devil, the Bible calls this being strong in the Lord. The armor of God in Ephesians 6:10–20 shows us that right believing in all that Jesus has done will always lead us to victory.
The apostle Paul begins with the belt of truth. When the devil comes against us with his lies about you, gird your waist with the belt of truth. The devil cannot deceive you if you are established in what God’s Word says about you. He can only make inroads into your mind when you don’t know or are unsure about what God’s Word says. That’s why we must study God’s Word for ourselves and to listen to messages that are full of God’s grace and truth. Fill our mind and heart with truth and we surely defeat the enemy.
We already know that the devil will try to attack us with all kinds of accusations and condemning thoughts to make us feel guilty and lousy about ourselves. That’s why when we are established in the gift of righteousness, his attacks against us will not prevail. All of the devil’s fiery darts of accusations are ineffective against the breastplate of righteousness that guards our heart from all fear, guilt, and condemnation.
Now, the enemy will also come in to try to steal the joy we have because of the gospel of peace, which is depicted as shoes here. But when he comes, know and believe that the God of peace will surely crush Satan underneath your feet.
Beloved, it's time to stand strong against the lies of the enemy! Armor up my friends...
Be strong in the Lord... armor up before leaving your home... Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10:4-5
Have a victorious day knowing the truth that sets us free.