I think it’s funny that Satan tries to attack me mostly in my sleep. It shows what a coward he is. When I wake up, I absolutely have to go directly to the Word and put on my armor. Every single day. If I don’t, then he will keep coming at me and hitting me upside the head with his stupid two-by-four. I learned quickly that I have the power to change my attitude, my circumstances, and my entire well-being by speaking words of truth into my life. Beth Moore says it perfectly: “God is not looking for spiritual giants. He is looking for believers who believe for a change.”
Psalm 145:18 – The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Truth is the key that will bring me into victory. But I can’t start speaking truth over myself until I am armed for battle.
Ephesians 6:10-17 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
It says FULL armor, not a piece, not just one thing, but ALL of it. As Susan says all the time, “What’s in ALL? Everything! What’s left out of ALL? Nothing!” The only way I can stand up against this terrible enemy that wants me dead is to stand my ground, armed and ready for battle. I must depend on God’s strength and use every single piece He has given me. These enemies will try everything to turn me away from Jesus and back to sin. But God will not allow that to happen. Especially if I do my part and hit the floor ready for the onslaught. I will stand FIRM in truth, righteousness, readiness, peace, faith, and salvation!! The belt of Truth will combat the lies. The breastplate of Righteousness will guard my heart since everything flows from it. My feet will be ready, not to run, but to STAND firm in what I believe! The shield of Faith will protect me from the flaming arrows that are being shot at me with all my past mistakes and my insecurities. Faith is believing in things unseen and I do believe! The helmet of salvation will protect my mind from the inner voice that plagues me. I have been saved through Christ Jesus. That is TRUTH. And I pray everyday that the word of God is a sword coming from my mouth! I pray that He uses me in a way that I can speak to others clearly and without confusion as to the saving power of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 – For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have diving power to demolish strongholds.
Romans 8:18 – I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.