Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Turn to God's Word!!

For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. {Eph 6:12-13 RSV}

I believe that we have a constant war going on in our minds. Think of the devil or angel on your shoulder. It's not that far off. satan does his best to put negative thoughts in our heads, thoughts that go against Gods word. So the best way to fight back is...with Gods word!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, {Eph 6:10-11a RSV}

Just to name a few of satan's tactics: fear, bitterness, anger, desires for revenge, selfishness, worry, anxiety, ...oh, and another tactic that just popped into my head- "grass is greener" syndrome.

So when these thoughts start to invade our minds, quickly turn to God's word, and Godly people. The more the feelings are left to stir, the quicker they can begin to control our hearts.

As I said in a previous post, I'm looking up versus to see what the Bible says about worry and anxiety.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7) (Also see Psalm 55:22-23)

“Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’” (Luke 12:22-26, NIV). (Also see Matthew 6:25-34)

God has gotten me thru tough times over and over again. He's always there, and always sees me thru and shows me in HIS time why I had to go thru a certain season of hardship; therefore, it is very safe to say that when I am going thru a time of pain that just like every other time HE WILL SEE ME THRU!!

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