Scripture: Ephesians 6: 10-18 (focus on vs. 17b-18), Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 18: 37-39; James 4:7
As you read, write any phrases or scripture that speak to you.
God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And, put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Ephesians 6:11-12, The Message
All week, we've been reading about weapons of warfare. The pictures we've seen aren't necessarily ones you'd expect to see in a ladies' Bible study group. They're gritty, and rough, and (dare I say) aggressive!
The Bible is clear. We are living in a spiritual battle. We face an Enemy that hates us, because we belong to God. He knows that to hurt us, cause us to stumble, or lead us astray would cause our Heavenly Father immense grief. So, he's after us with everything he has.
Sometimes we need to be reminded that our Enemy is already defeated. His days are numbered, and he will be recognized as the biggest loser in the end. The weapon we are talking about is the sword of the Spirit which is God's Word. It is the reminder that we need. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells the story of the Gospel which is our deliverance from the evil that once claimed us. God's Truth is all we need to hear when the Enemy threatens to overcome, because the Bible speaks to the reality that God overcame every one of Satan's schemes at the cross through Jesus.
Today, let's search the Bible for messages from God that remind us of our victory against the Enemy. Find a few verses that remind you what God did for you and what that means for you. Then, use that sword against Satan! When he threatens you with defeat, you get to remind him that there are no losers in Jesus Christ. I'd love for you to share one of your battle scriptures below.
I have two teenage boys at my house. Oh, how they love to bow up and threaten a fight on a regular basis. Now, I've only seen them follow through a couple of times. But, it's just in their nature to flex muscles and show their ability to take on a possible foe. There's a time and a place for that. I certainly don't want to raise bullies in my home. I also don't want to take away their fight. God gave it to them for a reason, and I've always tried to simply guide. Several years ago, Steven Furtick and Elevation Church created a motivational piece called "I Will Fight." For a year, we listened to it all the way to school each morning so that my boys could hear of a worthy fight that I always want them fighting. This piece is full of scripture that fights (swords). I pray it ministers to you today. I'm also praying that you hear a scripture you can add to your weapons. Write it down and prepare to use that "sword" the next time your Enemy attacks.
God, we are your fighters. This world is hard and harsh. We all face an Enemy that wants us to fail and fail big. He's after our families, our reputations, and our souls. Thank you for your Word. Thank you for reminding us that You love us and therefore sent your Son to rescue us. You have won. Today, please remind us of our strength in You and show us how to raise our sword in confidence each and every day. Convict us when we misuse this weapon and lead us back to Your truth. We want to be soldiers that make a difference in the fight, and Your Word equips us for that. Thank you for providing us with everything we need to live victoriously. Amen.