The Armor of God

As many of you know, I just spent a little over two weeks social media free. I’m not going to lie, it was probably the easiest thing I’ve done in my life. I genuinely came back to social media with absolutely no desire to. 

I’m stuck. I’ve been asking God every minute of every day, do I delete my social media and stop using it as a platform, or do I keep using it to further Your Kingdom? Do I tell my followers goodbye, or do I continue to encourage them and be a light? 

I genuinely and personally don’t want to do anything, no matter how big or how small, that is not pleasing to God and not furthering of His Kingdom, even if that includes no longer continuing my social media platform.

I left social media two weeks ago confused. I was lost. Hurt. Physically, mentally, and spiritually. I felt as if I was drowning in my own self pity. “Man, I feel so depressed today.” “Wow, I absolutely cannot handle the physical illness and pain I feel on a daily basis.” “God can never be pleased with someone as broken as I am.”

Wow. I can’t believe how big of lies I continuously told myself, and even worse, believed about myself. That’s exactly what those are. Lies. Lies the enemy has stored in my mind to try to get me to believe.

My church as a whole is doing a 21 day fast and my young adults pastor spoke the other day about how sometimes you feel as if God isn’t moving during the fast, but when it’s over, He moves mountains. He speaks truth over certain aspects of our lives. He reveals things to us that need to be revealed. That was such a breath of fresh air to me because I genuinely didn’t feel any different the last day of the fast than I did the first. 

I’ve been trying to silence myself and listen to God speak and reveal certain things to me and I know that what He is about to do is huge. You wanna know how I know? Because the times we are most attacked is the times the enemy knows God is about to move mountains in our life. The past few times I’ve been at church is when my stomach flares up so painfully to the point of tears. I almost wasn’t going to go to the first day of my bible study today because a head cold randomly hit me out of nowhere, leaving me miserable. The enemy is physically attacking me because He is trying to distract me.

I take comfort in my sufferings because that’s how I know God is pulling me closer to Him. 

God is not a God of confusion, He is a God of clarity. If you are in a season of confusion, remove your cataracts, let God wipe the cloudiness from your vision, and envision your circumstance through His crystal clear eyes. 

God takes off His very own armor and hands it to you during battle. It’s up to you whether you decide to put it on or not.

You have so much more authority than you’re giving yourself credit for. So confront the enemy with boldness and determination and tell him you have your eyes on him and you are aware and alert of his evil schemes. He is fearful of you because of the incredible power you have! The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in YOU!

Once you know and recognize the authority that you have been freely given, you are unstoppable. Walk in it. Be bold in it. When you tell the devil to flee, he FLEES because your determination scares him. Your determination intimidates him.

Take advantage of the access through your prayers you have to His Kingdom while you are on this earth. Your prayers are POWERFUL. Your prayers make hell itself tremble. Your prayers make the enemy tremble. Your prayers make darkness tremble. That’s how powerful you are!  Don’t let the enemy knock you down but rise with determination to knock him down. Fight knowing you are victorious because of the One who was victorious on the cross. His power dwells in you. 

Your battle isn’t illness. Your battle isn’t depression. Your battle isn’t loneliness. Your battle is not against flesh and blood or anything this earth has to offer. Your battle is against the enemy who opposes you. Who hates you. But guess who’s more powerful… YOU. Because the power of the alive and active King is IN YOU! 

I’ve found that each battle I face is significantly easier when I humble myself and thank the Lord for my struggles. God LOVES our brokenness because He loves being the one to mend the pieces back together! 

Take comfort in this. You may be in a battle, but the war has already been WON. You are made victorious through the precious blood that was shed for you. So put on the full armor of God and stand firm in victory! 

“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. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,” // Ephesians 6:12-14

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