Just Thinking…Lessons Learned

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Reflecting on some of the lessons the Lord has impressed upon me this week.
I can’t fight another’s spiritual battle.  I can pray for them, offer an encouraging word, share truth from God’s word, but in the end, they have to put on God’s provision of spiritual armor, submit themselves unto the Lord, resist the devil so the he will flee.
Lately when I find myself irritated, annoyed, angry or frustrated with people and I’m talking to the Lord about the person or situation, the Lords asks me, “Susan, have you prayed for them?”  Ah…well no Lord not yet. 
When I go before the throne of grace in prayer I find that my focus shifts to God, who He is and what He can do rather than troubling situations and people.  My anxiety is quelled and my emotions are not controlling my mind.  I’m reminded that God is at work, even when I can’t see it. 
When my days are very busy and demanding and it’s easy for me to get stressed and overwhelmed.  After a challenging day this week, I felt the Lord direct me to put on some worship and praise music during the day, so I can keep my heart and mind focused on Him.  He also challenged me to praise Him when I’m feeling like waves are crashing over me and I’m ready to go under.
It makes a difference in my day when I was focused on the Lord and am looking for ways to praise Him.  I’m still learning to not take the bait of the enemy and find that the response of prayer and praise is coming quicker.  I want to get to the place where it comes naturally.

Five Minute Friday – The Battle is Real and Belongs to the Lord

As believers we are engaged in a very real battle.  The enemy and his minions wage war against us, but there are a few things I need to remember:
The enemy’s head was crushed 2,000 years ago.
We are fighting from a place of victory that Christ won for us.
Some of the things the enemy hates to see:
  • He hates to see the saints of God on their knees in prayer to their heavenly Father.
  • He hates to see us open our Bible to read, memorize and study God’s Word.
  • He hates to hear us speak truth from the scripture.
  • He hates to see a sinner repent and ask for forgiveness from God.
  • He hates to see a sinner forgive someone who hurt them.
  • He hates to see a saint praise God in the midst of their trials and tribulations.
  • He hates to hear songs of worship to the Lord.
  • He hates saints who are unashamed of the Gospel and share it with those who are perishing.
  • He hates the truth of the narrow way to salvation through Christ Jesus alone.
  • He hates a humble servant of God.
  • He hates to see a saint take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and meditate on that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy.
  • He hates to see the saints of God put on their spiritual armor each day, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the gospel of peace, taking up the shield of faith, putting on the helmet of salvation, wielding the sword of the spirit and praying always. 
  • He hates to see the saints gather together and not forsake the assembling of one another.
  • He hates it when a saint remembers that they have the Holy Spirit of God indwelling them and their bodies are a temple of God.
  • He hates it when the saints read and pastors preach from Revelation because in doing so, we see his ultimate end.
I like to win the spiritual battles.  Too often I get my focus off of God and fall into trap of the enemy.  Praise God, He doesn’t leave me there. 
Thank You Jesus for winning that battle 2,000 years ago on the cross.  Thank You for saving me from before the foundations of the world.  Lord…I pray that You would grant salvation to those for whom I pray.  Snatch them from the enemy’s hand and hold them securely in Your hand.  May today be their day of salvation.  May they confess with their mouth and believe with their heart that Jesus Christ is Lord…to Your glory forever and ever…Amen.
Okay…I confess this was longer than five minutes, but golly I love remembering the victory I have in Christ and my absolute security in God’s hand. 

This post is linked with The Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Friday challenge.  I encourage you to go on over and read some of the wonderful posts from others who join in.  You will be encouraged. 
Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

Sword of the Spirit

She’s been equipped by God
With an effective and powerful offensive weapon
The sword of the Spirit…the word of God
Daily she takes out her sword
Polishes it, sharpens it
Then returns it to its sheath
She’s filled her heart and mind
With God’s word
So that she might not sin against Him
But in the heat of the battle
She fails to draw her weapon
The enemy has nothing to fear from an un-wielded sword
One day when she takes God at His word
When she believes and therefore speaks
That foe will retreat and by God’s power she will stand
By Susan Bunts Wachtel
July 16, 2010
Too often, as Christians, we are quick to memorize scripture…adding verse after verse to our memory banks.  But until such time as we actually wield that mighty powerful sword of the Spirit…we will experience defeat.  When we memorize scripture but fail to use it, it’s like us taking out the sword, polishing it until it looks bright and shiny, sharpening the blade only to return it to the sheath.  When will we begin to take God at His word and wield the effective, powerful offensive weapon He’s given us?  What will it take?