Forget Trying to Fight on Your Own

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THE ARMOR of GOD

Forget trying to fight on your own-Let’s look at where the real power comes from.

Put on the Armor of God plan……

I clearly remember times where I have taken mornings and before I started to go through my day I have gone through the armor of God and mentally dressed myself in order to get ready for the day.

The thing to remember is that as I mentally dressed myself in God’s armor. I would pray these things over my life. I would pray that God will show me truth and help me become the righteous person I need to be. I would pray each attribute and ask to give me the power and strength to stand against the devil’s schemes.  I couldn’t stand against Satan alone….I still can’t. I need God to be my protection and my armor.

Today let’s take a few minutes and focus on what kind of protection Christ is able to offer us as we stand and fight against the wrong that we face.

Belt of truth-We have discussed how Satan is the Father of lies…. that is why it is so important that we know what the truth is. We need to be able to recognize truth but we also need to be able to speak truth. It is when we speak truth that we can be a witness to those around us.

Breastplate of Righteousness-The righteousness that I need to put on is not the righteousness of what I do. It is the righteousness of Jesus Christ given to us by God.  We can receive this righteousness by faith in God and it will help us to stand against the devil’s accusations and lies that he is throwing our way.

Gospel of Peace-We need to have our feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. We need to be taking the peaceful message of Christ everywhere we go to help all people to get ready to fight against the traps of Satan. If God’s soldiers are not prepare for battle how are we going to stand firm. We need to be ready with the gospel at a moments notice.

Shield of Faith- It is through our faith that we are going to be able distinguish all of Satan’s arrows he is shooting at us. It starts with our faith that Christ is stronger and bolder and more solid and substantial than Satan will ever be.

The helmet of Salvation-the unsaved person has no hope of standing against Satan, but we however are saved by the blood of Christ and we have the hope of eternal life. We can stand against false doctrine and Satan’s temptations. We can discern against spiritual deception.

The Sword of the Spirit-We can’t forget God’s word. It is with his word that we are going to be able to fight off any attacks. It is through the powerful words of God that we can stand firm and fight.

Before you do anything else today….Put on the armor of God!

We can’t rely on man.

We can’t rely on ourselves.

We can rely on God

Put on His Armor Today.

 

 

 

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3 ideas to use when being tested

Stand Firm

Happy Thursday! Who says we are powerless when it comes to standing up against Satan? Not me. Here are 3 really clever and favorable ways in which to stand your ground when being tempted.

Before beginning take time to read Matthew chapter 4:1-11

  1. Take time to fast and pray

Jesus took time to get close to God before Satan started his temptations.  We need to be working towards a deeper relationship with our Father, putting Him first in our life. When our first desire is to be close to God than we are going to want to put his ways above all else. We are going to desire to please Him instead of pleasing our own sinful desires.

2. Hide God’s word in your heart

When Jesus was tempted Satan tried to quote scripture to Jesus…However as always the father of all lies loves to twist scripture around to make it seem that it means something that it doesn’t truly mean. If we have hidden God’s word in our heart than when we are facing temptations we will be better fueled in handling the fire storm that Satan is sending our way. We will recognize Satan’s lies and we will have answers in what God truly says about the situation.

3. Be authoritative!

Just like Jesus did we too can command the devil to get away from us. He can not be where he is not wanted. Take control of your life and stand firm in God’s word and stop being bullied. Tell Satan to get behind you. To leave you and never return. We have that right as Christ’s Child. We are not enslaved to Satan or sin, We can make a choice to stand strong against the devil’s schemes.

Then Jesus said to him.

“Be gone Satan!”

For it is written,

“‘ You shall worship

The Lord your God

and him only ,

Shall you serve.

Matthew 4:10

Winning the Battle

May the weapons you fight with not be of this world. Instead may you use God’s mighty weapons. May God’s word destroy mental strongholds, which are lies, and  teach us the  truth. May the power of Christ rest upon you. May you enjoy your day today knowing that in your weakness He is made strong. May you seek God out today so that you may sleep peacefully tonight. May you draw near to God because He is more than enough for you.

We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false argument. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

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Hold Fast to the Hope

Day 2

Stand and Fight Series

Stop listening to the lies

The Problem: Satan lies to us

The Solution: Trust in God’s words not Satan’s deceitfulness

As I lay in bed this morning the same thought and prayer went through my mind that goes through my mind almost everyday. Lord help me accomplish all that I need to because there is a lot to be done and so little time to get it all done.

The problem here isn’t that I am praying and asking for help. No the real problem is that Satan uses any and every little way to plant untruths into my life that I start to believe they are true.

You see I may have a lot to do, but the lie is that I don’t have enough time to get it all done.  Satan wants me to feel that way, because he knows that the more pressure I feel the more anxious I become, and the more anxious I become the less pleasant I am to be around. I start to feel stress and overwhelmed which is  exactly what Satan wants.

Satan is so subtle. He loves to mix half truths into my thinking to throw me off base.

In all honesty I went to bed last night praying that God would reveal to me ways that Satan is lying to me. I asked God to help me recognize the lies from the truth. It shouldn’t amaze me that God answers my prayers and yet I get so excited when I know He is listening and answering, because the first thing I thought this morning was exactly what I said. I have too much to do God and not a lot of time to complete it. Then as soon as I thought those thoughts and I prayed my prayer God’s gentle voice said to me….Laura this is one of those lies Satan is using against you. You have 24 hours today to accomplish all that needs to be done, and what you don’t get done today you have the next day. Satan wants you to feel pressure, stop listening to his lies.

How many wrong beliefs are thrown our way day after day after day? Yet we gobble them up and accept them as if it is true. We accept things that Satan whispers to us. He does it so cunningly and so carefully. He does it in a way that we don’t even realize that he is orchestrating our thoughts and feelings.

We need to be able to stand and fight against the Devil’s schemes!

In my mind the thing I am trying to do is to be organized and be able to accomplish all that God would want, yet while this all may be good Satan is waiting there feeding me words of untruth…..I can’t get it all done…..this is too much for me……I am going to fail again because I will never be able to do everything and even if I do it won’t be perfect.

Do you understand that this is how Satan operates. He sneaks his thoughts into our minds and we tend to believe those thoughts and act upon them.

Of course what Satan is tempting me with may not be at all what you are struggling with. We all have our different temptations and thought patterns and Satan sure knows how to trigger each one of us.

It all seems so hopeless-Or is that just what Satan wants us to think?

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Hold fast to the to the hope you confess, for I am faithful to keep My promises. Hebrews 10:23

The pit that Satan wants us to fall into is the pit of hopelessness. He wants us to trust his lies and focus on our insecurities.

I need to change my mindset….Maybe you need to as well. Instead of listening to the lies I need to hold fast to the hope that I confess. God is faithful to me if I need to change the lies that I am believing and God can help me do this. It is not hopeless.

When following the lies, destruction is the end product…When listening to God’s truths, than peace is what will follow.

When I focused on the truth that God was giving me I no longer felt stress, or anxiousness, or any overwhelming feelings what I felt was complete peace.

I felt the hope just this morning that God can give me peace through the chaos. He can help me see the lies that Satan is feeding me and He can help me hold onto the truth that He wants me to have.

Transforming Truth:

 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 (NIV)

 “If God were your father,” said Jesus, “you would love me, for I came from God and arrived here. I didn’t come on my own. He sent me. Why can’t you understand one word I say? Here’s why: You can’t handle it. You’re from your father, the Devil, and all you want to do is please him. He was a killer from the very start. He couldn’t stand the truth because there wasn’t a shred of truth in him. When the Liar speaks, he makes it up out of his lying nature and fills the world with lies. I arrive on the scene, tell you the plain truth, and you refuse to have a thing to do with me. Can any one of you convict me of a single misleading word, a single sinful act? But if I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Anyone on God’s side listens to God’s words. This is why you’re not listening—because you’re not on God’s side.” John 8:44-47 (Message)

I want to choose to listen to God rather than the father of all lies….. I want to choose to hold fast to the hope of the God that I confess to believe in…..I want to put my faith in God not a liar.

Transforming Step:

Which lie have you been listening too that is damaging your relationship with God and the people around you? Pray for God to reveal to you the lies that Satan is feeding you and when you become aware of them take steps to stop listening to those lies and start hoping in the God that you confess to follow.

3 ways to stand and fight

Today I want to start a new series. For the next 5 days I want to focus on how as Christians we need to be ready for battle. We need to be able to stand and fight against what the devil wants us to do.

It is way to easy to get discouraged and down trodden. We need to learn to stand and fight against the devils schemes. Here are 3 things scripture teaches us to do.

Be alert and of sober mind- We need to be watching out for what the devil is scheming. If we are not aware that he is present then we are not aware of what he is trying to get us to do. The devil is real he is prowling around like a lion just waiting to devour us. It is sobering to think that he is present, but the good news is that if we are aware of his tactics then we can be more aware of how to fight them off.

Resist Him– This may seem like a hard thing to do but it is not impossible. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength so let’s make a decision to resist the temptations that come our way.

stand firm in your faith- we know that believers everywhere are undergoing Satan’s attack. We are not alone somehow that gives me comfort to realize it is not only me that is struggling to do the right thing. It also gives me hope, helping me realize that I have a body of believers who are praying for me and supporting me to help me to the things Christ wants me to.

Prayer Prompt Ask God to help you be alert and of sober mind. To resist the Devil and stand firm in your faith today.

STAY ALERT!

WATCH OUT FOR YOUR GREAT ENEMY, THE DEVIL. HE PROWLS AROUND LIKE A ROARING LION LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DEVOUR. STAND FIRM AGAINST HIM, AND BE STRONG IN YOUR FAITH. 1 PETER 5:8-9