In all honesty since my last post I have had a very rough week! I have had to constantly remind myself of the promises that God has made for me. I even got onto my blog and read my own post for encouragement! This morning I felt myself come to a breaking point. I felt like a failure in several areas. I don't know if it was God or my own mind, but I felt a tug telling me that I am at war because I started this blog and I have been more open and bold with my words and actions promising to share only the truth of God's word. I love to look up the definitions of things in the dictionary (I guess I am a little bit of a nerd in that way), so I looked up the word "warfare" out of curiosity!
Warfare (by Merriam Webster):
1.) an activity undertaken by a political unit (as a nation) to weaken or destroy another
2.) struggle between competing entities
"To weaken and destroy another" hasn't that been the devil's mission since being cast out of Heaven? Out of fear and pride we give him the authority to do just that in our lives! I know that when I have tried to take things upon myself rather than relying on God, he has defiantly succeeded in weakening my faith! There is a "struggle between competing entities" when it come to God and the devil. We are privileged that we already know the ending, but sometimes that knowledge is easy to forget when you are caught up in the midst of a battle! That is the very reason that God has given us his word.
Hebrews 4:12 (New King James Version)
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discern-er of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God's word is living and powerful!!! Sharper than ANY two-edged sword!!! What an amazing God we serve! As I said before God has made the way for us, he never said the way would be easy, but he has given us the tools to stand firm no matter what the enemy tries to throw at us!
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
I could go on for hours speaking about the armor of God, it is one of my passions, but I won't... this time; but I will continue to open my mouth boldly to make the gospel known. I could choose to live in fear of what may happen if I don't back down, but I am more afraid of what may happen if I choose to keep God to myself! There are too many people in my life that I have the opportunity to reach, and yes, if I back down God will use someone else; but he has already put me in their lives "for such a time as this" (Esther 4)!
Remember that God has given you his armor, so stand and fight with boldness!