Do you ever find yourself with the feeling that you can’t overcome the struggles of life? Even more so that once you do, you’re all of a sudden experiencing more struggles than you had been before hand. Our demons come in many different disguises. Depression, anxiety, personal doubt, fears of failure, finances, relationships, drug or alcohol abuse… unfortunately, the list goes on. In Luke 11:24-26 Jesus states, “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from’. So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.” This is the reality of our world, Satan will attack us in every way that he believes will cause destruction in our lives that’ll hurt God the most. It’s like an unwritten rule for someone who wants to attack someone else: go after their loved ones. The fight is the same between God and Satan; don’t take it personally because in all honesty, you are not the target. What Satan will not accept is the fact that God has already won the war so he continues on with these petty battles that cause complete destruction amongst us. But you see, we are offered victory through Jesus Christ who died and was resurrected to save us from the evils of this world. With this, we were given every tool that is necessary to protect us and ward off the enemy. “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. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” – Ephesians 6:14-18. When the Holy Spirit is flowing through us, we have the power to overcome every obstacle that gets in our way and with enough faith, we could move mountains…
We’ve all heard of at least one miraculous story beyond those that are in the Bible. Whether it was word of mouth, read online or in the newspaper, or your own personal testimony. God is still performing miracles and they come in many different forms. For some receive healing of the mind, body, or soul; while others who are laden with heavy burdens receive freedom. For me, God healed my heart. He took all of my brokenness and offered me freedom; He continues to show me a love that I had never known before. I’m not going to paint you a picture of perfection for I am still only human but with God, I am no longer the owner of a shallow heart full of anger. Yes, I still have my demons; I still struggle with bouts of depression, insecurities, and fears of failure but with God, I am no longer fighting these battles alone. (To learn more, read Healing Distracted).
What are the battles that you are struggling with and trying to fight alone? What demons are you trying to bury and forget; pretending they do not exist? Look deep within, it’s okay, none of us are perfect. It’s time to get real with yourself. Whatever demons you may be battling, lay them down at the altar. Allow God to comfort you and restore you; accept His freedom.
I’m currently studying a 31 day devotional called Just Jesus (yes, this is found in the free Bible app). Day 3 offers this beautiful Declaration Prayer that was inspired by Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Corinthians 10:4…
I am strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. I put on the whole armor of God, that I may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore I put on the whole armor of God, that I may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. I stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around my waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having fitted my feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which I will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. And I take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints. The weapons of my warfare are not carnal, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds.
God is so faithful. He may not provide all of our wants but He will provide all of our needs. Remember that He has given us all of the tools that we need to be victorious throughout our day to day lives. So put on the armor of God and be prepared to fight your demons victoriously.
With love in Christ,