September 3, 2015

My journal lies beside my bed. It's a binder filled with notebook paper, and in the inside flap I keep a camouflaged bandana, because, y'all, the enemy attacks. So we must, as Christians, take up our armor, because all hell will soon break loose against us. I have often thought that Satan’s greatest tool is discouragement. If he can’t get us with lust or anger, if he can’t induce us to dishonesty, or lure us into profanity, if he can’t lead us into compromise, he still has the tool of discouragement. That often works against us when nothing else will. Some have faced discouragement because of a battle that seems never to end. Some, no doubt, have lived in Satan’s domain for a long, long time. He’s held you captive through fear, because you’ve never known a way out. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  (John 10:10)

Take up the divine armor and march forward into battle. I challenge you. Yes, you. God invites you. Yes, you. See for yourself what the Lord will do. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Pray: Father, the more we know about the spiritual enemies arrayed against us, the more we realize we need you. I pray for faithfulness for me and for my brothers and sisters to put on the weapons daily and stand ready to fight. Help us, O Lord, for we are weak without you. Supply us continually with the strength and protection of your Spirit -- and teach us to fight! In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.