Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against...the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground... 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Just a quick thought tonight. Are you and I a worrier? Or a Warrior? Say those two words quickly, and you'll find they sound alike; but what a difference their meanings are!!
You and I are in a battle every single day! Why would we even attempt to enter the battlefield without first preparing for it? We prepare by putting on the WHOLE armour of God. . and by praying. It seems that the battle actually is won in the time that is spent praying.
The enemy wants us to think that WE are supposed to fight, on our own, and in our own strength. But notice the last verse in our text: Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The sword is our defense and weapon. What is our Defense? Actually it's not "what" but WHO! Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1) ....The knowledge of God's gift of grace surrounds our minds, then we acknowledge that the battle is too big for us by seeking God. Take the Lord by His hand, and now we are equipped with our DEFENSE and WEAPON! Jesus is the One Who will fight our battles for us, if we ask Him to. . .He will strengthen us with HIS mighty power to overcome the difficulties we are facing!
I encourage you to not be a worrier, but bravely be a WARRIOR! Prayer Warrior! The Battle is won when we are on our knees in prayer!
Thank you for your prayers on our behalf! Your continued prayers for Michael, our family, and for Bryan's upcoming surgery are very much appreciated.
God's grace is sufficient. And by His grace, we will be warriors and not worriers! :)
Dear Father in heaven, thank You for this lesson! Life's circumstances are often difficult, but it's usually in the difficult storms when You teach me the deepest lessons. I pray that You will encourage others to be a prayer warrior and not a worrier. I wonder if it is prideful to be a worrier? Because it seems that if I worry, I am putting myself in the position of responsibility to overcome my situations...quite frankly they are too much to attempt to overcome in my own strength. That IS pride! Please forgive me for being a Proud Worrier, and make me and my friends who are reading this, PRAYER WARRIORS. Our victory is only found in Your Son, Jesus! In His name we pray, Amen.
This being the week of Easter, I will post one of Bryan's favorite songs that God has helped me record. May the Lord use this to bless you. and Happy Easter! :)