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Shield of Faith

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I don’t know about you but some days I feel like all I do is dodge those arrows!  Thanks be to our Saviour and King, Jesus Christ, for that shield of faith!

So what is faith?

 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not                           seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In this war (that’s already won!), we must guard our hearts with the shield of faith.  How do we do that?

  • We must exercise our faith by trusting our Lord.
    • Believing He is Who He says He is
    • Believing He can/will do what He says He can/will do
  • We must study the Bible, His word, so we know His ways.
  • We must measure everything we want, do or say by His word and adjust our thoughts and actions to His standard
  • We must remember that NOTHING (NO THING) is impossible with God
  • We must choose faith

Choosing faith is no easy task at times. But the choice is ours none the less. When we learn that we have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; therefore, the choice is a given.  Choose to faith Jesus!

 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”   Galatians 2:20″

Jesus gave Himself up for me (and you, believer) so that we could have eternal life in Him.  That life starts at salvation.  So as you take up your shield of faith, be reminded that we may not always understand His ways.  And that’s OK because His ways are higher than our ways.  It’s our privilege to follow after Jesus.  Wherever He leads, we’re to follow Him.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” — 2 Corinthians 5:7

Yes, I know we like to see the path before us, but He doesn’t always show us the entire path.  So take up your shield of faith and start marching!

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

 

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Feet of Peace

armor1   Feet of Peace

I love that the scriptures say our feet are to be shod with peace.  I think that sometimes we stomp our way into a situation or we stomp our way out.  Whether we were right or wrong, we leave the other party feeling anything but peaceful!

When you have shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace you walk lightly around others.  I’m not saying you should have to walk on “egg shells” to spare hurting their feelings.  But you live with an attitude that life is not about YOU.  It’s about Jesus and people coming to Him in salvation.  

So when you walk lightly around others, you are not intentionally being hurtful or judgemental toward them.  You are trying to turn them from sin. Look at what Malachi says,

True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.   Malachi 2:6

Turned many from sin… That’s the goal.  Remember, we’re in a battle, but NOT with each other!  Our adversary is the devil, not our fellow man.  I know that is so hard to remember sometimes. But when you can see that person as a soul that Jesus died for, just like He died for you, and you can see how that person may either be hurting and lashing out or being led by the devil then you can offer the gospel of peace in which you have already shod your feet.

So this week let’s remember to shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace before we head out the door.

Blessings,

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

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The Belt of Truth

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Truth is so important in our spiritual battle.  Have you ever noticed that one lie leads to another lie and then another lie and so on? But truth stands on it’s on.  The truth is… the truth.

As believers, we are to put on the belt of truth.  What is truth? Or better yet, WHO is truth?  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”  John 14:6

To cinch up our waist with truth makes us stand a little taller, a little straighter because we have nothing to hide.  Even when we sin, if we confess and repent then we are made right with our Judge, so we have nothing to hide. The judgment of others (may hurt but) doesn’t define us; nor do the accusations of the evil one.

Once we agree with God – He is truth –  then the Truth will set us free!  John 8:32  Check out the verses below:

  • Proverbs 3:3  Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
  • Proverbs 8:7 For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
  • Proverbs 12:17  He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.
  • Proverbs 12:19  Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
  • Proverbs 14:22  Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
  • Proverbs 14:25  truthful witness saves lives, But he who utters lies is treacherous.

Jesus has already won the victory!! Let’s gird up with truth so we can do out part and:

  • be kind
  • speak truth
  • tell what is right
  • be established forever
  • devise good
  • save lives

 

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

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We Are In A War

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I am not, nor have I ever been, in the military.  But THANK YOU to all of those who are and have been! No matter your role, you are working to defend our country and I, for one, am so grateful!

Now, having said that, I do not mean to say I have never been to war.  For you see, as a believer, we ARE at war.  We do not need to forget that!  Scripture teaches us that on this earth, in this life, we are in a battle.  While we must be on guard, we must be at the ready at all times, we also must remember the VICTORY HAS ALREADY BEEN WON!!!

Jesus WON the war when He rose from the dead!  (Makes me want to do the “happy dance” right now!) However, He expects and empowers us to fight the good fight while we are here.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12
In this war, we need to remember 2 key principles:
  • our battle is not with people
  • our battle is real

If our battle is NOT with people, why is it people are always the ones we seem to be “fighting” with?  I’m glad you asked.  Not all people are saved and thus they act like their father, the devil.  Not all saved people are submissive to our Lord and find themselves used/deceived by our adversary, the devil. And sometimes, people just act like sinful people with a sinful nature.

So if the battle/war is real but not with people, how do we know our enemy and how do we know how to fight?  The Bible teaches us that the devil is our adversary.  He roams the earth seeking whom he may devour – he wants to steal, kill and destroy.  As a believer, you ARE engaged in the battle.

So what’s a warrior to do?

  • Dig deep into God’s Word (Bible) EVERY SINGLE DAY!
    • Read
    • Meditate
    • Study
  • Pray
    • Praise God for Who He is
    • Repent of sins you’ve committed
    • Practice faithful obedience (even when you don’t understand)
  • Be on guard to the devil’s schemes
    • Lust of the eyes
    • Lust of the Flesh
    • Pride of life
  • Share your faith story
    • Every day, share with someone how the Lord is working in your life
    • Get out of your comfort zone of friends – meet new people with whom you can build relationships and share your faith
    • Live on purpose – be intentional in your conversations and actions

Rest and repeat!

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More than You can Imagine

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Have you ever prayed and asked God to move on your behalf in some way and He DID! He moved so much greater than you could have imagined!  I always love that!

Sometimes now I just ask Him to show out.  Not in an arrogant or selfish way, but for Him to do something so beyond what we can even think to ask of Him.  And He does!

The Bible tells us that God’s ways are higher than our ways.  I see that truth so often.  Sometimes I see that truth when God answers our prayers far beyond what we could imagine and sometimes I see it after the fact when I realized that God allowed me to walk through something hard in order to get to a really sweet place!

God is the Creator of the universe.  He holds ALL power.  NO-thing is hidden from Him and NO-thing is impossible with Him.

Whatever lies before you, remember our God is Able!  He is able to do far more that you can think or imagine.  Give Him free rein.  You just may be blown away by what you see Him do!

Blessings to you! Wendy

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Taste and See

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At Church we often say, “Good is good — all the time.”  And He is.  That is easy to say when life is going good for us.  But what about when life seems more than we can bear?

Well, God is good — all the time.  Even in the hard times.  Even in times that we don’t understand what’s happening or why something is happening.  God is still good!

Thankfully, the Bible teaches us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  As a believer in Jesus Christ, that is so comforting!  We are told to taste and see that the Lord is good because He is.  This is followed up by the words “happy is the man who trusts in Him! because we are.

This does not mean that life is never hard.  The Bible teaches us that life is hard no matter what and will be harder for the believer.  BUT GOD (my favorite words in scripture) did not leave us alone to face this world.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to live in us, not only as a reminder that He is coming back to get us, but to give us power and strength so that we, too, can overcome this hard life.

Whew!  Aren’t you glad?!  I sure am!  This week, as you face your specific struggles, take a few minutes each day and “taste and see that the Lord is good“, because He is!

Blessings, Wendy

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The Throne of Grace

Hebrews 4-16

Wow!  I think this may be my new favorite verse!

You see, I am in NEED of mercy, grace and help from Christ right now as I am helping someone in need of mercy, grace and help. I don’t even know if that makes sense to anyone but me.

My mother used to tell me, “Be careful what you pray for – you just might get it!”  I’ve always thought that was a funny little saying and I have used it myself.  But for years now I have been praying for someone I love who has made some poor choices and is now reaping the consequences of those choices.

My prayer has been that God would send someone, in some way, to help this person get their life right with Him and get beyond the muck and mire they are in.  Well, it’s been six years and I am seeing Him answer that prayer!

But, as my pastor said, “Sometimes the way God chooses to answer our prayer is not how we expect.”  Sometimes God chooses to use you and those you love to be His hands and feet in the very thing you’ve been praying about!  Hence, “Be careful what you pray for – YOU just might get it!”

To clear the record – if I knew God would choose to use me and those I love to help this person find their way back to Christ and to walk the very difficult road on getting beyond the muck and mire they are in, I would still pray that prayer!

God is so merciful to us.  He lavished grace upon us.  How can we not do that for others? I have been guilty of thinking that I can serve Him by serving others and it be easy, neat and ‘clean’.  But in His mercy and grace Christ died a violent, bloody death separated from His Father (when God would not look on sin) to pay our sin debt so that we could experience God’s mercy and grace.

How naive’ I was to think you can ‘serve’ and ‘work’ for the kingdom and not get your hands ‘dirty’? Trust me, it has not been and is not easy being a “player” in the prayer I have so long prayed. But if one soul is reconciled to my God, my Savior, my LORD, Jesus Christ, IT. IS. SO. WORTH. IT!!!!

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