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THIS IS HOW I FIGHT MY BATTLES

We are so quick to take on what is not ours.


The battles in your life are not yours.

They don't belong to you.

They are God's.

And He is so ready and willing to help you.

Not just to help you - but to take it over completely.




Whoever thought you could win a war by surrendering? But that's what we need to do ---

surrender so that God can take it over.



Friend -

The battle is too big for you

but it's not too big for God.

The battle will exhaust you

but the Lord never tires.

The battle will intimidate you

but the Lord is unshakable.

The battle will make you weak

but there is no strength like the strength of the Lord our God.






Let's think about some things...


Ephesians 6:10,

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might."

🛡️ We aren't strong enough on our own. But by standing in the Lord's mighty power, we are made strong.


Ephesians 6:11,

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil."

🛡️ This isn't written as a suggestion. This is written as a direction.


The armor .....TAKE THE TIME - MAKE THE TIME - TO PUT IT ON.

It's vital to your survival & even your ability to stand.


Ephesians 6:12,

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."

🛡️ But, here we are, fighting people, fighting flesh and blood, fighting even ourselves. Not loving others. Fighting our enemies instead of loving them. Tearing others down instead of building others up. Looking out for our own personal gain rather than the lives of others.


Ephesians 6:13,

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm."

🛡️ We haven't done all until we have taken up, and put on, the whole armor of God. Having done that, routinely, we are able to stand firm.

How important is a firm stance in a fight?

-- It's essential.



THE ARMOR WE'VE BEEN GIVEN


🔰 Belt of TRUTH

🔰 Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS

🔰 Shoes of PEACE

🔰 Shield of FAITH

🔰 Helmet of SALVATION

🔰 Sword of the SPIRIT (the WORD of God)



But - hold on - it doesn't end with putting on the armor.


We're then given instructions once we're suited up:

🙏 Pray at all times in the Spirit

⚠️ Keep alert - with all perseverance



UNQUALIFIED

Truth: I don't feel qualified to write this.

I often find myself receiving repeated blows and letting it affect my life while, the whole time, trying to pull the battle in close to me, as if it were worth holding. Even when I surrender, the enemy can work his dirty claws into me, pinching every nerve along the way.

But, I know the challenge of surrendering. And I can honestly write this from a perspective of understanding.


Put on the armor.



Sarah Jane

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