by Sheryl Giesbrecht @SGiesbrecht
Do you want to know what is ahead? Does your way seem blocked or clouded by questions?
By praying Scripture, we turn on the light of truth and invite God’s presence to overtake the shadows. We do battle God’s way. When we obediently put on our ‘spiritual armor’ to fight, we stand firm in the authority of Christ.
The truth is, we are already ‘more than conquerors’ through the price He paid for us; we claim a victory that’s already won. Christ gave us a new identity when He took over our lives. “[God] made us alive together with Christ…so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:5, 7 ESV)
What’s so amazing about grace? Everything. As believers, God’s grace engulfs us every single moment, but in the flurry of life, we overlook how involved God’s grace actually is in the minute details of our lives. I’ve been having numerous ‘grace encounters’ lately. God has already paved the way for me: “I have set the Lord continually before me; because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8 NASB).
Some of you might not know how you can even take the next step in life, let alone, walk down the driveway to pick up the daily newspaper. It’s when we understand that we cannot walk another inch forward without God’s grace—and that grace becomes most precious and most glorious.
God will give you exactly what you need from Him. “[The Lord] has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NASB).
Want increased impact? Pray the Warrior’s prayer every day. Jesus has already won the battle. Now put on the Armor of God by praying each piece of the armor over yourself with God’s word. Our war is not against flesh and blood, you are victorious through scriptural prayers. Here’s the Warrior’s Prayer straight from Ephesians 6:14-17:
Heavenly Father, Your Warrior prepares for battle. Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God! I put on the Girdle of Truth! May I stand firm in the truth of Your word, so I will not be a victim of Satan’s life. I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness! May it guard my heart from evil, so I will remain pure and holy, protected under the Blood of Jesus Christ. I put on the Shoes of Peace! May I stand firm in the good news of the gospel, so Your peace will shine through me and be a light to all I encounter. I take the Shield of Faith! May I be ready for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, denial and deceit, so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat. I put on the Helmet of Salvation! May I keep my mind focused on You, so Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts. I take up the Sword of the Spirit! May the two-edged sword of Your Word be ready in my hands, so I can expose the tempting words of Satan. By faith Your Warrior has put on the whole armor of God! I am prepared to live this day in spiritual victory! Amen
About the author: Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. She served as Focus on the Family’s columnist for Pastor’s Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine, and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s – and Tapestry, Live-Living and Charisma publications. She is the author of four books including, Experiencing God Through His Names (Bold Vision, February 2017) and It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth (Redemption Press, March 2018). You can find more about Sheryl at www.fromashestobeauty.com, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Sign up to receive Sheryl’s weekly blog on her website: www.fromashestobeauty.com.
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