When I continually find myself In HIS Way, God shows me through His grace and love how to do things In HIS Way.
Through this site I hope to…..Encourage you through the daily trials of life……Inspire you to look to God as your source of strength……and Uplift your spirits to help you see the many blessings around you.
I hope to do this by sharing with you my struggles with God, myself, family, friends and the world as I go through life. My goal each day is to be obedient to God and have a good attitude while doing it.
I believe, as Christians, we are called to share with others how God is working in our lives. I invite you to follow me, on my blog, as I follow Jesus through life.
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One of my favorite verses in the Bible
Armor of God
I find it a little funny that some people think being a Christian means your life is easier because God is involved. I’ve been seeking God since November 2008 and have faced more trials since then than before dedicating my life to Jesus. Prior to inviting God into my life, my only enemies were those in the world who opposed me and myself. Now that I have the power of God, the love of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, there’s another enemy that wishes to steal, kill and destroy all God has for me. This new enemy is satan.
Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8
A few weeks ago, I was sharing with a dear sweet friend something I’ve been struggling with. Toward the end of our conversation, she looked at me and said very seriously, “Are you putting on your Armor of God everyday?”. My answer at first was “yes”. Then after a pause, I think I said, “I try to”. Since this conversation, the idea of the armor of God has been rattling around in my brain. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I know what the Bible says about the armor of God and where to find it, Ephesians 6:14-18, but I didn’t understand why God offered this to believers or how it was to help us.
I’ve been reading, thinking (ouch!) and praying about the armor of God and this is what I’ve come up with:
Belt of truth ~ The definition of truth is the quality of being genuine, exact, loyal or honest. I believe our belt of truth is the knowledge of who God is, what Jesus has done for us and how the Holy Spirit dwells within us. We can receive this when we read, study and learn God’s Word, the Bible. Are you fining it difficult to call upon God or pray? It’s hard to seek someone who you don’t know. The more we understand God’s almighty power, the more we will desire to call upon Him through good and bad. The easier it will be to trust in His glorious plan and timing of it.
Breastplate of Righteousness ~ The definition of righteousness is being morally right or justifiable. The point of a breastplate is to protect the heart. I think we are to protect our hearts from satan and the lies he wants us to believe. Satan wants to destroy the fellowship we have with God. God desires for us to do what is right and just, but satan would rather we settle for what is easy. If we believe the lies satan is telling us, it becomes hard to lean on God for His wisdom and strength to do what is right and just. So how do we put on the breastplate of righteousness? I think you’re already wearing it if you take the knowledge of God’s Word and apply it to the way you’re living. Take God’s word and act it out in your daily life. Have you moved the knowledge of God’s Word down into our heart?
Gospel of Peace ~ The definition of peace is freedom from disturbance, quiet & tranquility, serenity and a mental calm. I’ve always thought the word gospel simply meant Word of God or the Bible. Meaning we should know the Bible and it will bring us peace. In Ephesians 6:15 it says ‘with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace’. It’s more than simply knowing. It’s seeking, daily, the will of God. Seeking to know more about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Satan wishes to cause chaos in our lives and to distract us from seeking God’s will and keep us from the peace we can receive in Christ Jesus. How can we become fitted with the gospel of peace? Praise God in all circumstances, good or bad. Give God the glory in all your accomplishments. Thank Him for all you have and trust He will provide for all your needs. This will fill you with a peace only God can give and satan can not touch.
Shield of Faith ~ The Bible, Ephesians 6:16, says the shield of faith is to ‘extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one’. The Biblical definition of faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see, Hebrews 11:1. Our hope comes from believing God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Believing the death and resurrection of Jesus gave us not only access to God the Father, but forgiveness of our sins, so that we do not have to pay the penalty of our sins, which his death. Believing that accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior allows us to have eternal life in heaven, when our life here on earth is done. Believing we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, which dwells in us, as a guide, while we finish our days on earth. I hope for God’s will in my life (if I could only get out of His way, and stay there) and eternity with Jesus. I cannot see God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit, but I am certain they exist and love me more than words can express. Our hope in the trinity protects us from the deception of satan and distractions of the world.
Helmet of Salvation ~ Salvation is the deliverance from sin. The moment someone accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior they receive salvation. Salvation cannot be lost or taken away, but a believer can certainly stray from the path God has for them. I think the helmet of salvation is referring to always remembering why you gave your life to Christ and drawing closer to Him each day. Don’t let what Jesus did for you become an old fact that’s rattling around in your brain. Learn what it means for you. Praise Jesus for what He did for you on the cross. Give thanks for what He offers you today, tomorrow and eternally. Filling your mind with all that is of God will not leave room for satan to come in and fill it with lies.
Sword of the Spirit ~ In Ephesians 6:17 it says the sword of the Spirit is the word of God. I think carrying the sword of the Spirit with us means to not just know what the Bible says in our minds, but carry it with us in our hearts. Believe the Word of God to be true and boldly use the knowledge of the Bible in our every day lives. This will help us fight the temptations of sin and satan. Proclaim the Word of God and the name of Jesus so you can become victorious against satan.
Pray in the Spirit ~ The scriptures are also to be used in prayer. Pray the scriptures over all the details of your life. There is nothing to small or big for us to lift up in prayer to God. We are to be alert and always pray for all.
I know this may seem like a tall order, but you can pray and seek God’s help with a piece of His armor, or even all of it, if you need help putting it on. I’ve been struggling with receiving the peace God has for me. I’ve let my sandals of peace wear out and find myself needing to be fitted for new ones. I need to get back to praising and thanking God, regardless of my circumstances, trusting He is working because God is good….all the time, not just some of the time!
How do you put on your armor of God? How has wearing your armor of God helped you? Do you find a particular part of God’s armor more difficult to put on?
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for offering your armor to believers so we may fight the good fight against satan and the world. I pray we would be persistent in wearing your armor so we may boldy and confidently give you all the glory, Amen.
Have you ever had a song stuck in your head that you could not shake? Well, for the past 2-3 weeks I have had ‘There is Power’, by Lincoln Brewster, stuck in my head. Usually, I wouldn’t think much about it, especially since this is an amazing song. It started getting a little weird, when almost every time I got in the car or turned on the radio, that song would be on. I don’t mean somewhere in the middle of the song, no. I mean as soon as I would turn the car or radio on it would be right at ‘There is power in the name of Jesus”. The first few times I thought “oh, that’s that song I have stuck in my head, funny.” Then after it happened about the 4thtime I thought, “oh, I better pay attention and figure out what God’s trying to say to me.”
I think God wants to make sure I truly understand the power available to me through His Son, Jesus. I think God is telling me He is waiting patiently for me to take action and call upon this power. I think God would like me to take action NOW, because there are things He desires to put into action and His timing for these things is NOW.
As a believer in Jesus, someone who accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, I have the power of the Holy Spirit, which dwells within me. The Holy Spirit intercedes in prayer for me when I can’t express what’s in my heart. The Holy Spirit can also encourage or convict me when necessary. But as the song says, ‘there is power in the name of Jesus’ too.
The Holy Spirit can’t intercede for us in prayer if we don’t pray. The power of Jesus is available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but it’s up to each of us to call upon the power. God wants us to utilize the power, that’s why He makes it available. This power is what makes the impossible become possible. Most believers call upon the power of Jesus when praying, but their prayer time is scarce.
…those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:14-17
In Romans 8 we are told that those who are led by the Spirit are children of God. As children of God we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, Jesus. When we pick up our cross daily, seek God in everything, regardless of our circumstances, we will share in the glory of God. How exciting is that?!
So how can we seek God daily? One way is by reading the Bible, the Word of God. We are just like the people in the Bible, always looking to ourselves or other things and not God. So we can learn from their mistakes. We can learn from Jesus and how He taught his disciples and the people. I encourage you to pick up the Bible, ask God to speak to you through it, open it up and read a chapter. Then sit in silence and listen for God. I know He will reveal himself to you because God loves you and has so much to say to you.
Another way we can seek God is through prayer. When I say prayer, I don’t mean shooting up wishes or demands to God whenever we find ourselves in a tight spot. I mean participating in a relationship with God. The definition of prayer is a spiritual fellowship with God; sharing of thoughts or emotions; intimate communication. In order to experience these things with God you must pray regularly and passionately. Tell God your inner most thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams or whatever comes to mind. Yes, God already knows all of this, but He is waiting for you to invite Him into them. God will not push himself on you. He patiently waits to be invited in so He can help you and pour out His blessings upon you.
Another way we can seek God is through worship. When I say worship, I don’t mean singing necessarily. Yes, we do worship God through singing, but that’s not the only way to worship. Praising and thanking God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is a way to worship. Giving God the glory for our accomplishments and all we have is a way to praise and thank Him.
A few weeks ago I saw the movie ‘War Room’ with my husband. I enjoyed it so much I went back a few days later with friends to see it again. If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend it. It lit a fire in me! I haven’t started a prayer room, but I have started a prayer journal. I have pages for every part of my life and every one in my life. I spend more time lifting up all the areas in my life to God. I don’t just babble a list of wants and demands. I thank God for what I have and ask for Him to use me for His glory. I pause often while praying so the Holy Spirit can intercede and prompt me. Before moving onto a different area in my life or person, I thank God for His good and perfect plan and His answers to my prayer. I pray with an expectant heart, believing God will answer in a mighty, amazing and bold way.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the power offered to all believers across the world. I pray we would take the time to fellowship with you daily to deepen our relationship with You, Amen.