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What, then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
~ Romans 8:31

From my distress I called upon the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free.
The LORD is for me, so I will not fear! What can man do to me?
~ Psalm 118: 6-7

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
~ Psalm 27:1

Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, and I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
~ Isaiah 41:10

Battlefield

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers,
against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.
Ephesians 6:12-13

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Everyone has struggles.  Everyone has times of chaos and fear.  Everyone has moments of pain and frustration.  Everyone experiences heartbreak and sadness.  Everyone suffers at some point in their life.  But guess what?!?  It is all part of a bigger plan that will, if we let it, lead us to a place of peace, pure love, and complete joy.

We fight in this life for what is true, noble, righteous and just, yet it seems that no matter how hard we try, we always end up getting hit by powers beyond our control.  I was once told, and have had it reiterated many times, that it is not people we fight against, but against the demons of this world.  You see, people are people, flawed and human, and by our very nature, sinful. We fight a battle that is bigger than us, bigger than the things of this world.  We fight against Satan, against his minions who run rampant upon this earth.  Scripture tells us that we fight against world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly realms….Ephesians 6:12.  So then, what are we to do for we are mere mortals, not spiritual beings?

We are to put on the spiritual armor of God, stand strong on His promises to fight with and for us, and pray without ceasing for His strength, wisdom, and discernment through the fight.  We are to press on, taking hold of what God has done for us.

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Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.  

Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth,
and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
and having shod your feet with preparation of the gospel of peace;

in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith
with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one,
and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit,
and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
~ Ephesians 6:13-18

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness
and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
~ Colossians 1:11-14

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; 
in everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit;
do not despise prophetic utterances.

But examine everything carefully;
hold fast to that which is good;
abstain from every form of evil.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

You see, Christ has already fought the fight, given himself to death, that he might rise again victorious.  He has crushed Satan under his heel, freeing us from the bondage of evil principalities.  He has made the path for us victorious as well.  However, just as his victory came at a price (his life), so too does ours.  In order to win the battle against darkness, we must give our life to receive life!  We must surrender the things that separate us from the love and power of God, and walk in obedience and faith that the Lord will heal us, fill us, and illuminate the way.  We must speak in bold love, being true to God’s plan for our life rather than our own.  We must continually focus our minds on him so as to see the lies and deception that Satan throws our way.  We have to think on the things of the Lord if we are to win the battle between right and wrong.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
~ Philippians 4:8-9

For if we are not cautious, not buried in the Word, not consistently in prayer, not seeking him in all we do….then we open the door to give Satan a foothold on our heart and mind, which later leads to actions that hurt and bring pain to ourselves and others.

My dear friends, please take hold of victory by releasing your grip on the things of this world that hold you back.  Take your fears, your pain, your anger, your bitterness, your resentment, your insufficiencies, and anything else that hinders your walk with God, and give them up to God who can replace them with hope, joy, peace, comfort, forgiveness, and grace.  Win the battle with God leading the way.  Stand strong and know you can overcome all darkness with the One who LIGHTS the way!!

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Battlefield

Life is a battlefield
Between right and wrong
Walk away and give up
Or stand up and stay strong

We fight principalities
Evil reminds us where we have been
Focusing on our insecurities
Seeking to destroy from within

Stop waiting and wondering
Let God lead the way
Live faith with reckless abandon
Following His plan each day

With God all things are possible
In Christ we can do all things
Surrender your hopes and your fears
Let God bring you His dreams

O Lord!

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There are so many times amidst my journey through this life that I struggle with right and wrong. I know the right thing to do, I know the Godly choices to make, I know the pure path I must walk, but that does not mean I don’t stumble and fall into sin and temptation. I strive to be the righteous woman God so deserves me to be, and created me to be, but there are times when the fleshly desires consume, and the battle is momentarily lost. However, I praise God even when I fall! For His love is never-ending. His grace and mercy are new every morning. His forgiveness is deeper than I can comprehend. Even when I knowingly stagger into the sins of the flesh, I am ever so thankful that He rescues me, reminds me I am chosen and loved, sets my feet on the path of righteousness, and fills my heart with a renewed hope and strength. It is my ongoing prayer that God will continue to reveal my weaknesses to me that I may become strong through Him!

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
~ Psalm 139:23 ~

Oh, Lord I thank you for every breath that You give me. Each one is a reminder that I am loved, created for a purpose, and have much more to do before my time in this foreign land is done. I pray that you will search my heart, see the evil within, and purge me Lord of those things unpleasing to you. I want to walk a holy and righteous life that reflects only YOU, but if I am real and honest, I must admit it is a daily struggle. Give me your strength oh Lord and help me to be the woman you designed me to be. Be my shield against the temptations Satan brings my way, and help me to stand strong in your word and your ways. When I stumble or fall Lord, convict my heart, heal my wounded soul, and bring me back to the path you designed just for me. I thank you that you never leave me, never forsake me, and always love me. I praise you for your never-ending forgiveness and merciful grace. Be with me Lord in all I do, giving me courage and discernment always. With my heart I surrender all!

Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me!
~ Psalm 23:4 ~

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O Lord!

Illuminate the darkness within
Strengthen weaknesses known and unknown
Guide me O Lord

Bind my broken heart
Heal my battered soul
Restore me O Lord

Prepare me for all that is to come
Set my feet on holy ground
Protect me O Lord

Lift up my eyes to the heavens
Show me the way everlasting
Revive me O Lord

Walking Contradiction

Everyday is a battle, be it small or large, whether against others, circumstances, challenges, or your own flesh. The war rages between right and wrong, just and unjust, worldly and ethereal. Scripture asserts that you fight not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). The flesh is of this world, and leans toward carnality and sinfulness, but the spirit is attentive to the things of heaven, and thus the dissention continues: the spirit seeks the things of heaven, but the flesh pulls it in a totally different direction (thus I do what I don’t want to do, and don’t do what I should to do).

All through the battle though, God is there. His power, His might, His wisdom, and His protection are constantly guiding, holding, and winning the war. Ephesians 6 continues to remind you to put on the full armor of God that you will be able to stand against the forces of evil that come against you (Ephesians 6:11 and 13-17).

Keep fighting, stand strong in the Lord, and trust in Him to see you through the battles. Even when you fall, fail to stay the course, or flat-out sin….stop, turn your eyes to the God of heaven, and cast your sin upon Him. Give it all to God (the bad, the ugly, the wicked)and with great love, mercy, and grace He will lift you up, give you strength to get back to the path of righteousness, and fill you with hope for a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

God is good! God is faithful!
Trust in Him, and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths! (Proverbs 4:26)

All my love ❤

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For what I am doing, I do not understand.
For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
Romans 7:14-15

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Walking Contradiction

Lord I feel you
Know you are directing me

But still I struggle
Who am I?
How do I know?

Shame and guilt still reside
My heart cries out

I want not more pain
I want to live in you

I am a walking contradiction
In a love-hate relationship with myself

I know Satan wants to use me
Beat me and destroy my hope and future
He wants me to fail
Constantly he banters
You are carnal
You are not worthy, hopeless and lost

Indeed that is true
A sinner I will always be

But You gave Your all to set me free
Why can’t I let go?
What will it take?