Some days, the conversations in my mind should be on an episode of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”. Other days, those convos could be from Maury or Jerry Springer. LOTS o’ bleeps happening up there, y’all.
The past few weeks have been a challenge. Especially today. And yesterday. Well, and the day before…. You get the idea.
When you are fighting battles that aren’t yours to fight, the enemy can get you all spun up in health issues, anxiety, depression, arguing, and anger. None of these are God’s plan. But, God….
After some rough days, I reached out to a dear friend. She reminded me that these battles are not ours to fight. These battles are being waged above us and on all sides, even when we are unaware. But, God….
Someone attacks our integrity. Someone else insults us on a personal level. Yet another person screams at us for something beyond our control. But, God….
Some people refuse to end their attacks for reasons that I cannot pretend to understand. Others persist rumors and ill repute because they find it entertaining. Then there are those who just get overwhelmed and have a bad day. But, God….
Those first two categories are from the enemy. They come to “kill and destroy”. The people in these two categories are not just an overwhelmed, emotional mess. No Hot Mess Express here. Just malice. Harm is on the agenda. But, God…..
When we encounter these people doing the work of darkness, we have to remember to pray. To take up the full armor of God. To use the words (truths) God gave us to counteract lies. When Jesus fasted in the wilderness, He was tempted. Did Jesus respond with Mr. Rogers’ words? With Maury-esque insults? Nope. With truth. The Word of God. He wasted no time with idle words. He quoted scripture back to the enemy. And then? The enemy fled.
Rather than hurling insults and inflammatory remarks, Jesus chose to state truth. No bleeps here, folks. He knew God’s Word was more powerful than anything the enemy could ever bring against Him.
So why do we forget? Why do we forget our God is huge and capable? Omnipotent and all-powerful? Loving and kind? Full of grace and mercy?
But, God…. God has given us everything we need to fight our battles through the Holy Spirit. Through His Word. Through prayer. Through surrender and taking up His armor. He gave the armor to us that we may be protected. Unwounded. So that we could walk in His righteousness and walk in His path. So that we can display His glory. In every place. In all situations. In every moment. Not through censored bleeps in our mind. Through abundance and love. Through faith and forgiveness. Through grace and mercy. All through Him.
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
John 10:10 NLT
“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.”
Ephesians 6:11-13 NIV