UNSEEN BATTLES-PART 3
Ephesians 6: 13-20
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Yes, we are on Part 3 of Unseen Battles. Mmm. I wonder why? It must be because I think it’s important. And I do! Very important!
Battles are coming your way and my way. Make no mistake about that. They always do! For every battle (big and small) that you can see, there are unseen battles being fought as well. And they are as important–if not MORE important than the battle you can see. God does NOT leave us defenseless in the battles–seen or unseen, but battles ar not won by being passive!
You are the one that must fight the battle!
I want you to be prepared for the battles coming in your life—seen and unseen battles. Because they are out there or maybe like me, you are already in them but find yourself sinking a little more each day into doubt and despair.
That’s what happened to me. I was diagnosed with bilateral benign brain tumors almost a year ago. At first, not much changed except a lot of doctor’s visits. Then I had my first treatment in August and all was well (or so I thought.)
Come December all that changed—along with a sharp decline in my health.
The dreaded complications started and the complications from the steroids to treat the complications continued and now I’m on my second round of complications and that means more steroids.
As difficult as the first round of complications and treatment were, I was able to keep my joy and peace most days in spite of how bad I felt physically. Then I was finally off the steroids and about three weeks later felt better—more energy—more like me than I’d been in months.
And then it happened.
Too much! I admit it! I got discouraged. I cried! I whined! Certainly part of it was physical—just tired and not feeling right. But it was much more than a physical issue, that’s when I knew there was an unseen battle happening-a spiritual battle within my soul.
Would I believe God’s Words or the enemy’s lies?
God does not leave us defenseless against the dark forces. He has given us numerous tools. We’ve already talked about faith, but another important spiritual tool is God’s Word. The Bible calls the Word of God the sword of the spirit.
A sword is a powerful tool!
But you must possess the tool in order to use it.
To prepare for the battles—seen and unseen—you need to know God’s promises, His words, and His character before the battle begins. You MUST believe God’s there fighting with you but if you don’t know HIS Words before the battle, you might falter. Knowing God’s Word ahead of time will prepare you for any and all battles coming your way.
The way to do that is to read, study, and believe His Words every day—before the battle, during the battle, and after the battle as well. Memory is not my strong suit so what I do as I read devotions and the Bible is I write verses on index cards that touch me in some way.
Those index cards sit on my desk and I read through them often. After years of doing that, I may not remember the specific words but I remember the idea and call them to mind as needed.
Not to mention, I find them and read them when I need them specifically.
There is power in speaking God’s Words.
Don’t just read the words, speak the words.
God’s Words truly are the sword of the spirit. Each time, the enemy lies to you through your thoughts or through other people’s words and actions, you can cut their power to shreds by using God’s Words to lift up your spirit to God’s.
SHARING TIME: What’s your favorite way to study God’s Word?
If we knew the battles facing us ahead of time, wouldn’t we remind ourselves daily to put on the armor of God for the safety of that day that He would equip us to face those trials and tribulations??! Obviously, YES! So, each day we need to study, pray and be ready because those trials will come. They will definitely come!
I must admit until about the last 10 years–I knew very little about the Bible and all the wisdom and power God gives us through His Word! It’s such an amazing gift I want everyone else to know about it!
Years ago, I was lead to use a daily devotional that covers a year. During the last few weeks each year, I begin my hunt. I look in Christian, Catholic, secular, and used book stores and even free books. I check specific events in my life by their dates in any devotional book that I find. Rarely do I select the first one that I pick up.
This is where I begin. I also read the Catholic mass scriptures every day, and oftentimes another book of spiritual reading. Years ago, I worked in several Christian bookstores and had to be able to explain the many different versions of scripture to our customers. At that time there were 26 translations and many study bibles. I was fortunate that God began teething me on the scriptures then and today, I have reflected on many passages going back 30 years. As soon as I wake up in the morning, be it 3:30am or 7:30am, I have coffee with the Lord and read, write, and reflect on the days’ scripture passages.
Trials come and go, but Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!
And not only is HE the same yesterday, today, and forever, but HIS promises are for all HIS children–not a speical few. I think we often forget that!
Lillian, I’m thinking of you and praying for your health. Isn’t it strange that it’s the medical complications that are so troublesome, not the treatment. Yet, I go boldly before the throne with your name on my lips. I send you my heartfelt blessing. 🙂
Thanks for the prayers. That’s the way it happens sometimes.