Did you know that you are a warrior? Every single day, we are facing strongholds, false arguments, and obstacles. But that doesn’t mean that we are going into this battle blindly. In fact, God gives us the armor to stand firm against our enemy, the devil. The battle we are fighting isn’t always easy to see, but is often a sneaky, subtle struggle. We don’t just flip a switch and automatically have problems with depression or anger or that thing that nobody else knows about. No, it was a series of events, thoughts, and choices that got us where we are right now. Maybe you chased down that one thing you thought would make you happy, but you actually feel more restless and unfulfilled than ever. Maybe you feel too far gone to be hopeful.
However, our God is a mighty God. He is our general, our commander, our captain, our leader. Wouldn’t a good leader lead his army into battle with something to protect themselves with? Ephesians 6:14-17 says to “stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ultimately, we have a choice as to whether or not we want to take up the armor of our victorious Lord.
The source of all of those weapons is our savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus proved God’s love for us through living a perfect life and taking the punishment for anything and everything we have done wrong (past, present, and future). That’s not all though! Jesus also proved God’s power over death, sin, and our enemy through Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus died for our wrongdoing and three days later He rose from the grave. Now THAT is power. If you want that power over your sin struggles and strongholds, Jesus is reaching out His hand and inviting you to ask for His help. He longs to have a relationship with you and give you power over death.
Once we have Jesus in our hearts, it is not our own power, but Jesus’ power that makes us mighty warriors. When you feel your temptations are irresistible, your thoughts dark, and fears overbearing, you can choose to fight confidently. God built a way out through the blood of Jesus Christ, leading to life, peace, and joy. It’s not always easy, but you are equipped and able. You are a warrior!!
What’s had power over you lately? Identify and write it down.
Then, separately, write down three times (maybe in a brighter pen or in larger words):
“Because of Jesus’ power in me, I have power over _________________.”
Ask God to give you confidence to believe in the power that you have.
'We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. '
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
'And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.'
'For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.'
2 Timothy 1:7