We are Going to war
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
“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 Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:10-20
We are going to war. Each and every day the Devil stands in the empty blood-stained field, and he waits for you and he waits for me. His eyes are white and blind, his teeth are jagged and sharp, his body is emaciated with lies. The Father of Lies eats from his fruit and his fruit is rotted.
He is a roaring lion. He’s always looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). You may not have a choice against Satan’s whispers. Those negative untrue thoughts penetrate your mind like rape, but you do have the choice whether to believe those thoughts. And only a victim believes those thoughts.
Fear is incredibly powerful. Believing something terrible will happen gives it the power to happen. Will you allow this? Don’t you know the future is yours (1 Corinthians 3:22), so why believe these dark and brooding statements? Please pay attention. The wicked thoughts occur so frequently that we are desensitized to them. You may have believed the same lies for years without realizing it. You may have been drinking from a tainted water source and often wondered why you became ill.
Dear heavenly father, my past few weeks have been upsetting. Upsetting because of the physical distress, but that was the least of it. Being so afraid of fainting, seeing stars and otherwise panicking…these treacherous and stalking thoughts are my sworn enemy. As it says in the Ephesians verse above, our enemy is not against flesh, but against spiritual forces. I have been failing my war, God.
I know that my sorrow billows from my lack of integrity. Many times you provide the opportunity to serve, but my lips purse shut. There are words to say, dear God, but I do not allow them to pass my lips. I am a liar and thief among you, reject me from my courts.
Yet I know that Satan uses shame and regret to drive me from you. I know he hopes depression will dampen my spirit and make my limbs sop with spiritual wastes. I do not want to live in fear. I do not have a spirit of fear, but of power (2 Timothy 1:7). I have the ability to change the course of many people’s lives including my own.
I desperately want to stop caring for others’ approval or acceptance. Better they hate me then this bitter remorse. I pray for us to be awake and to stand up for you, Jesus, and not to back down. Let the world slip away! Let them hate me and threaten me and declare me a fool because this world is not wise. I would be far gone if I was considered wise by the standards of this world. I must be a fool in it, but let me be wise in you (1 Corinthians 3:18).
Strengthen us, God, against the frailty of the body and the weakness of the flesh. Comfort us that we may comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4). Let the peace of Christ rule over our minds (Philippians 4:7) and as the world crumbles let us not even blink an eye. For we knew this would come.
I know that whatever happens is according to your will, and let your will be done. I care not for my dreams or plans or relationships, let your will be done. When troubles come let me say I have hope in you (Psalm 25:5). When my life falls to shambles let me say I will wait for you (Palm 27:14). Your timing is not our timing.
I will not be afraid, but I will trust you (Psalm 25:1). Whatever happens, deemed negative or positive, let you be behind the scenes working all things out to your own ends (Proverbs 16:4). Keep my mind from dark thoughts. Let me declare that good things will come and that you are in control. Let me dwell on you in all circumstances and pray for protection against the Devil’s schemes.
Every day the same drooling lineup! The same fear thoughts come for their pounds of flesh and I will not let them have me. This is the truth whether I can recall the exact scripture or not.
I am protected. I am exceedingly loved and cared for. I am not weak in Christ. My life has purpose and God is in control of it. I am not alone. I am not facing my troubles by myself. I am not wasting away. I am not perfect, but in Christ I am perfect. God is not frustrated with me. He disciplines me and he shows me where to go. He does no wicked thing against me and malice is not in his heart.
I am safe. I am strong. I can do all things through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13). I cannot be plucked from God’s hand (John 10:28). I am important. I am powerful. I will overcome these difficulties and God will make me mature in Christ. I will not fail. I am not afraid.
Be anxious for nothing (1 Peter 5:7) and do not worry (Matthew 6:24, Luke 12:29). God is in control. He will help you. He hears you when you pray and he will not leave your side. So what do we say to Death?
I will thank you for the prayers you have not yet answered. I will dwell on hope and good things (Philippians 4:8). I will breathe hope into my mind and not let the Devil talk to me. I am strong in you. Please be strong in us and let us accomplish great things.
My prayer is the same as Agur’s: “Keep falsehood and lies far from me…” (Proverbs 30:8).
In Jesus’ name.