Sunday, May 25, 2014

Winning The War- Weekly Devotion

Hey gals! Today I am going to be sharing with you a subject that really touched me this week! My pastor at my church did a fantastic sermon with 3 simple points and I thought I would share with you all and let you in on what I got out of it.
This devotion is all about fighting the enemy in your life. Us Christians and even those of you who don't have a relationship with God are at spiritual warfare. It is very important to maintain a war time mind set rather than a peace time mind set. Let me explain a little further.
Who is the enemy?
The devil is always echoing any negative thoughts you think or believe about yourself. For me, the enemy in my life is fear. I have a fear to do what I know God is calling me to do because I am scared of what others are going to think. I think a lot of people can relate.
If you don't figure out what the enemy is in your life you can't defeat it.
Often times, the devil tries to take the word out of your heart. I personally have seen this happen to me. I have gone from a place of being so close with God and knowing his word to all of a sudden not feeling like its important and not spending time to study it. That was the devil at work.
What do we fight?
You want to fight the enemy in your life. Once you have found what it is that is holding you back from fulfilling God's purpose for you, you need to fight it.
2 Corinthians 2:11 explains that we may not be able to fight Satan/ the devil if we do not know what his schemes are. In other words, if you don't identify the enemy, it can control your life.
Also, one thing that I am so guilty of is telling myself a story, and not believing anything other than what I have planted in my mind. For example: 'As long as I have my daily devotions, and go to church on Sundays I really don't need to be involved through out the week.'  Any time anyone told me otherwise I refused to believe it because I had put that story in my head. The devil will make this permanent if you don't fight it.
You behave off what you believe.
How do we fight?
This is simple. The Gospel= the key to defeating the enemy.
One point that I have written down on the back of my door (post on my quote door here) is the quote "Put on your armor before battle, not during battle." When you think of this literally you say 'Of course I would train before battle and put on my armor before battle. Who would anyone wait until they are in the middle of war to arm themselves and train?'
Well apply that to spiritual warfare. Why wait until you start facing something hard to train and put on your armor? 
Hard things are going to come to you, whether you are ready or not so I suggest you pick up your bible and start training and put on that armor.
There have been times in my life where I was going through a hard time and just then started to read my bible and apply verses to memory. There have also been times where I have been consistent in reading my bible and praying, and then faced a hard time. I think you can guess which obstacle I was more prepared for.
Don't wait until you are going through war to train, that's crazy. Put on the armor now, so when war comes, you are ready to fight, with God's help and guidance.

I love my amazing pastor Dr. Mercer! This was a great sermon.
If you have any thoughts or ANYTHING, comment below! As always, don't hesitate to email me if you would like. I always love receiving y'alls emails!
Hope you all learned something! Talk to you all on Wednesday!

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