Remain Steadfast

by Na’Kedra Rodgers

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 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. Ephesians 6:10-12 NASB

I feel as if the storms of life have been raging at an all-time high lately. It seems as if I just can’t catch a break or even my breath. Every time I turn around, something else has gone wrong. Sometimes if feels like my life is hanging on by a thread.

For example, my youngest daughter continues to get incident reports at daycare every day. Her teachers complain that she hits her classmates, each time unprovoked. She’s only a little over a year old; therefore, she won’t understand time out or similar discipline measures. I just continue to send her to school every day and pray that she has a better day than the day before.

I’m also struggling in my marriage. My husband and I can be found arguing almost every single day. It seems as if we aren’t on the same page about anything. Both of us are frustrated and tired of being at odds with each other. 

Is there anyone who can relate to feeling as if their life is a bit off-balance? That it seems their hair is turning grayer with each passing day?

Adversity or hardship can make us feel inadequate. It’s a natural response to trouble, especially when we seem to be failing at every turn. But we need to consider the source of those kind of destructive thoughts. Destruction is the enemy’s tool. He will attack our minds and spirits in an attempt to make us lose hope and give up.

If it hasn’t already, temptation to feel that way will most likely knock at your door at some point. But God has given us weapons to fight that evil power. Scripture provides instructions for believers to use when temptation to give up arises.

They are listed in Ephesians 6:14-18. Each weapon is a counterstrike to Satan’s evil lies.

Feeling guilty after a failure? Remember our righteousness is in Christ Jesus, not in our good behavior. Thinking you won’t make it through? Remember where our trust belongs, not in ourselves, but in our powerful God. Worrying that you have fallen out of God’s good grace? Remember salvation is a gift from God and is not dependent on our success or works.

God has promised: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV). 

Not only has God given us the tools to succeed, but He also promises a reward if we endure these trials. James 1:12 (KJV) says, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

I encourage you—stay in the fight. You may be shaken to your core when you’re tried and tested; however, as a child of God, you need not fold. Testing will last for a season. And when it is over, and you have stood firm in the strength of the Lord, what a testimony you will be able to share with others to keep them lifted during their tough times. God has already given you the victory. Keep persevering until your change comes. Remain steadfast and never forget that you are blessed.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Na’Kedra Rodgers (OptimisticallyKe) is a spiritual life coach that posts daily uplifting and inspirational videos on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. She believes that no one is immune from life’s trials and tribulations; therefore, she encourages others by spreading optimism using biblically based talks. She loves to connect with others who also believe that with God, all things are possible. Her first written body of work, Kneeling Earnestly for Transformation is available for purchase here.

Join the conversation: What weapons have you found to be particularly effective against the enemy?

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6 thoughts on “Remain Steadfast

  1. Loved the devotional! My best weapon is simply saying the name, Jesus. Some days it’s all I can manage. But He fines every single time. He rescues my thoughts and fears while he drags me back from the abyss. Great Scripture encouragement, thank you.

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