‘Tis the season, right? This season is usually full of shopping, family, cleaning, and yummy food-rarely does rest come into the equation. Even though many job places are intentional about giving employees time off, school shuts down, and many operations cease during this time-rest is rarely on the agenda.
Mighty warrior, the rest of the world may be hustling and bustling during this time but we cannot afford to do so. Everything we do, must be from a place of rest. The enemy wants to see us weary and worn! When wearied, we become reckless with our words, our quiet time disappears, and we become less compassionate.
Our victory is obtained through resting in our Savior, the One who won the battle for us. Being rested means abiding in the risen Savior. Resting is choosing to focus on Him instead of the newest and shiniest material possession. Resting in Jesus is less about having the nicest decorations and more about savoring time with loved ones. Rest is functioning from love instead of obligation.
Being well-rested is a powerful tool in our spiritual warfare! We are able to hear the Lord better, able to focus more, and we are able to operate from a place of wisdom.
We talk about rest on our newest podcast! Check out a snippet here:
As you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, let’s commit to focusing on this powerful promise of the Lord: “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.” Matthew 11:28-29 TPT
“and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].” Ephesians 6:15 AMP
Who do people see when we walk into a room: A drama mama or a peace-filled lady? What shoes do we have one when we are walking? The Word of God tells us to have the gospel of peace strapped onto our feet!
Think about this world we live-it’s full of chaos and drama-do we want to be the carriers of that? Or do we want to bring peace into these dark spaces we walk into? Do we want to be light? Do we want to bring forth the Good News? The world already produces enough bad news!
Let’s be carriers of peace! Let’s be prepared to bring forth peace into spaces that are filled with tragedies. And how do we do that?
We make sure our words are seasoned with salt and light. We encourage instead of tear down. We speak the truth in love and not judgment. We think before we speak. We keep our minds stayed on the Lord.
Our shoes of peace is a powerful weapon. Satan wants us to spread discord. He wants us to start fights and cause division. Peace is our powerful weapon! Mighty woman of God-be determined to produce peace and not pain! Sister, make sure your shoes are strapped on tight and tell this dying world about the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Our minds are so vulnerable, this is why we are instructed to put on the helmet of salvation every day. If Satan affects our thinking, he wins! It’s important to know the Word of God and the promises of God to stand firm in the midst of battle.
The helmet of salvation helps us to remember that we belong to the Lord! It helps cement the fact that we are children of God. The helmet protects from the fiery darts and lies of the enemy.
When left unprotected, our mind becomes susceptible to faulty thinking. We must remember that the warfare is real and Satan’s schemes are subtle. It starts with the comparisons we make when we see someone who we think is prettier, smarter, more financially stable or a better mom, wife, etc. The Word of God warns against this form of attack:
So what does this helmet look like? It’s our salvation story, it’s our testimony about the goodness of the Lord, and it’s our attentiveness to the Word of God. It’s the power we tap into when we make our thoughts bow to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
So we stay covered by reading the Word. We remain constant in prayer We put on the helmet of salvation when we believe the Lord over the world. We guard our ear gates and eye gates. We renew our minds daily. We remember that we are victorious through Christ Jesus. We focus on being more than conquerors. We operate from a position of thankfulness.
Keep your helmets on sisters-the battle is raging on but we have already won!