WORD! Is life – and power in our battles
I’ve suddenly realized why I feel tired all the time. I used to chalk it up simply to my age; my hypothyroidism; being a mom or even my crazy home life.
No. as the Bible tells us we are in battle. In my Women’s Sanctuary NLT Bible, the phrase “Lord of Heaven’s Armies” appears countless times. It’s found mostly throughout the Old Testament, but a sprinkling can also be found in the New Testament.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. - Ephesians 6:17
The Sword of Truth is the word of God. God breathed life into His truth which means it’s alive – FOREVER and always!
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever. – Isaiah 40:8
Sisters we are in battle. Apparently, whether we knew it or not, we are soldiers! I’ve even got the scars that can prove it – and I’d bet a lot of money that you do too. Perhaps the scars feel like they’ll never heal. They will. I promise. Know that it can feel like it won’t. And, it can seem to take FOREVER.
Look with me into the final piece of armor God supplies for our battle, today’s focus is the sword of truth. Let’s learn how to fight.
I don’t know about you but hearing the word sword automatically makes me think of battle. It also reminds me that growing up I used to love watching battles like boxing and wrestling. I mean a llloooonnnnggggg time ago. Like there were only four or five stations to choose from on tv long time ago.
As I look back, I realize I’ve always been a fighter. From proving I could be just as competitive against boys in sports; fighting (legit punching battles) with my brothers; even demonstrating I was as capable as a male to write sports stories. I’ve recently begun to see all of that has groomed me for my current battle – just like your experiences have prepared you for yours.
Truth is sacred to me. I will fight hard to illuminate truth – sometimes too relentlessly. I don’t always CHOOSE my battles. I’m learning how not to battle everything, anyone else like that? I don’t just fight for truth, either. I’m also passionate about family, friends, justice and equality to name a few. My brother recently reminded “you’re a fighter. You always have been.”
While I agree with him on that, it can get tiring fighting so much. Constant battling wears on you physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. There have been plenty of days where the only thing getting me through is the grace of God, prayer and His word. You can probably relate. Spiritual warfare surrounds us, and it can be devastating.
For the word of God will never fail. Luke 1:37
Thank goodness we have that promise. Because almost no where else is this the case. Gossip; social media; fake news and now candidates are gearing up for another presidential race. It can seem that truth is nowhere to be found. Except in the Bible.
That, my sisters, is when we have to dive into the Word. Fight to make time for it. Battle the distractions, the fatigue, the depression and dejectedness. God’s word is our sword. Our best defense in battle. In her study The Armor of God, Priscilla Shirer said “God’s truth. Biblical truth. Without concrete allegiance to and affirmation with this truth – with real truth – you’re left weak and susceptible to things that may sound right yet actually aren’t right.”
See, Satan knows us well enough to recognize what will trigger us. He knows what he can use to trap us into doubt and unbelief. Unless we immerse ourselves in God’s truths, we can easily fall prey to those schemes.
Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. - Proverbs 30:5
Shirer adds, “But with the standard of truth in place, you can adjust everything else in your life – your ambitions, choices and feelings; your mind, your will and emotions – until all of it lines up correctly. When you have a strong, stable, well-supported core, you can’t easily be led astray by the enemy’s clever lies.”
I confess, my time with God game needs practice – a LOT of it! But in the end, if I’m doing a little better than I was before, I call that success. I’m believing God does too. Discouragement, disappointment, defeat - they all draw us to Him. Often, we don’t look up until we are down.
I’m discovering – as strange as this may sound – that as horrible as I’ve felt in my dark season, I truly wouldn’t want all sunshine, rainbows and butterflies. Being in battle makes me tired – often exhausted and feeling like I can’t go another round. But ultimately, it also empowers me. It makes me feel stronger and important enough to know that God really cares. That He’s with me every step of the way. He carries me through. And I’m also finding it becomes a little easier when we completely give it to Him and let Him handle it.
I’d rather be in relationship with God because of a difficult battle, than to feel sunshine without Him.
He will say to them, “Listen to me, all you men of Israel! Do not be afraid as you go out to fight your enemies today! Do not lose heart or panic or tremble before them. For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and He will give you victory!” – Deuteronomy 20:3-4.
I don’t pretend to understand why horrible things have to happen. Everyday I’m just trying to be grateful for what I do have. Everywhere around me people are dealing with so much worse.
My friends, we can do this!! Some days will be easier than others. Try to recognize those bad days and be kinder to yourself. Life is hard enough own its own, without us making it worse by beating ourselves down. Let’s immerse ourselves into our Bibles so we can be at our best and most prepared with Satan comes calling. It’s a practice, but we can make it into a habit.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
Let’s ensure we’re taking – and using - our greatest weapon in our battles.
With peace and love,