Now, you can listen and/or read!
Focus: Reigning victorious
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NKJV) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…
If you are serious about staying free, you’re going to have to recognize that what you have been battling is not just depression or substance abuse. You have been in a fight against the enemy of your soul. The fight you are in is not necessarily something you can see with your eyes. It’s a spiritual conflict.
What it all comes down to is gaining the understanding of the nature of your conflict and doing what you can to protect yourself with what God has given you.
Ephesians chapter six has some important instructions for people who want to live a victorious life. Part of the chapter is focused on proper preparation for the battle.
The Word of God says you are supposed to be strong in the Lord and in the great power of His strength. You are directed to put on a full set of armor, created from various gifts God has given you, so you will be able to resist the devil’s evil tricks. You aren’t fighting against people on earth, but against the rulers and authorities and powers that are part of this world’s darkness.
You are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil forces that would like to dominate the heavenly world. That’s the real reason you need to be covered with a powerful armor—provided by God Himself, for your benefit. If you owned a set of armor, but didn’t put it on—you’d be an easy target. So don’t be ignorant and leave your armor at home in the closet or under the bed. Put it on! Then you will be able to stand strong against the one who would like to extinguish the light that is in you.
If you fight the battle with your armor on—you will stand before God when the battle is over.
An important item in the armor you have been given, is a belt of truth. Truth is not optional in the battle you are fighting. It is not something you employ only when it is convenient. It is what you must learn to live by. It’s so important, that it is what will hold you together and create a covering for your mid-section. This belt is not a fashion item. It is a strong, wide, bullet-proof support that is impenetrable.
Another area that desperately needs protection is your chest. Your heart and lungs would be completely vulnerable if your chose not to wear the breastplate of righteousness. In a spiritual sense, your heart is the place where God dwells within you. Being covered with righteousness is what enables you to breathe in the breath of life that comes from the Holy Spirit.
You wouldn’t go to battle with bare feet, so it’s critical that you put on your Gospel shoes. Covering your feet with the Good News of peace will help you be able to stand strong and walk without receiving an injury that could cripple you.
Your enemy has the ability to shoot at you with burning arrows. You have the ability to deflect those arrows by using the shield of faith. The devil’s darts bounce off your faith. The shield of faith is not the size of a trash can cover—it’s a field of the glory of God around you that evil can’t penetrate. This shield comes when you are surrounded by the presence of God. God can’t dwell where there is evil, so this should motivate you not to compromise your integrity.
You’d be crazy to face your enemy without a helmet. God has given you the blood of Jesus Christ as your salvation. This blood is powerful and will guard your mind, your will, and your emotions.
With all of your armor, you still need a weapon, so take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the living Word of God powered by the Holy Spirit in action.
Use your mouth to say all kinds of powerful, Spirit-filled prayers. When you use your tongue to speak audible words that agree with the Word of God, miracles occur. The power of God is unleashed through you and you have the authority of an heir of the kingdom of God!
Overcoming is more than staying away from the wrong company and influences…it’s employing all of the Spiritual tools available for you to stay in the battle and win. Your armor will prevent the enemy from stealing your soul.
Declaration: I will find new strength to overcome all of the attacks against me by operating in the full armor of God.
All NEW STRENGTH posts are Copyright by Christina Cook Lee as of the date they were written and posted. Please request permission to re-post or re-blog. This material will be published as a book in 2013, by the grace of God. To subscribe to New Strength, select ‘follow’ in the upper left corner of this page.
For music selections that will help bring hope and encouragement during your recovery from depression and addiction, browse:http://www.youtube.com/user/NewStrengthMusic/videos?view=1&flow=