Two weeks ago, I shared about my personal weight issues here on the blog because the Lord just wouldn’t leave me alone about it. :) I was afraid to open up that part of myself, but I trust that He knows best. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and even resulted in a speaking engagement for me.
Needless to say, I was elated! It felt like a major spiritual victory to walk in obedience and see such immediate fruit.
Of course, as soon as I began to rejoice in the work the Lord was doing (in spite of me!), the murmuring voice began.
You’re not a speaker. Who are you to think you have something to say?
You just ate donuts last night, and here all these people are praising you for keeping up the good fight. You’re a fraud.
You’re not worthy.
You’re not worthy.
You’re not worthy.
I felt the arrows of the Enemy, sisters, and I even let a few of them pierce me before I remembered who that voice belonged to. Even once I recognized the slippery snake, I struggled to ignore his murmurs. And the more I resisted, the louder he became.
I found myself in the midst of an unexpected battle and I felt unprepared. I had not put on the full armor of God that morning. My belt of truth was quickly slipping as the arrows came in quick succession.
I cried out for mercy!
Our Father was quick to answer with truth from His word. He reminded me of my pre-approved status. He reminded me that I am a work-in-progress, not yet complete, but fully loved, fully accepted.
My sisters, when you experience a victory in some area of your life, don’t be surprised to find the Enemy lurking just around the corner. He loves to set a trap for us when we are the most joyful, the most productive, the most faithful, the most determined. He delights in seeing us fall from the greatest heights to the lowest depths.
We must be prepared for the spiritual battle,my sisters, for it IS coming. The Word aptly describes Satan as a prowling lion seeking for someone to devour.
One way to be prepared is to put on the armor of God, specifically the sword of the Spirit. So, this week at #TheLoft, we’re sharing our favorite fighting verses!
When facing temptation and discouraged by sin:
Romans 7 and 8 – Anytime you feel stuck in sin or discouraged in your walk, read these two chapters. They are too lengthy to post in entirety here, but these verses from chapter 7 sum up the transition between the two well:
22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
When disappointed in our short-comings:
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
2 Cor. 5:17
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
When feeling unloved or unlovable:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
When experiencing trials:
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
When you feel you have nothing left to give:
2 Cor. 12:9-10
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.“(emphasis mine)
For when I am weak, then I am strong, even when you don’t feel it.
For when I am weak, then I am strong, keep saying it until you believe it.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Keep fighting the good fight!
For more scripture that packs a punch, visit the link-up at the bottom!
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This Week’s Topic: “Fighter Verses” (What are some of your favorite, well worn scriptures? Which ones do you find yourself going back to again and again? Tell us what spiritual warfare looks like for you and how you use God’s Word to be victorious. We look forward to learning from each other!)
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