Armored Up: Breastplate of Righteousness…

The breastplate goes over the chest. The chest contains our most vital organs. If someone gets pierced in the lungs, their breathing is affected. If someone gets shot in the heart, their life is affected. The breastplate of righteousness is designed to protect our most vulnerable organ: the heart.

The Word of God tells us just how important the heart is, naturally and supernaturally:

As we engage in spiritual warfare on this battlefield of life, we must ensure that our breastplate of righteousness snug and fit on our chest. The fiery darts of the enemy are subtle and if we aren’t careful, we leave our hearts visible to the enemy. We must protect our most vital organ, for everything we do flows from it.

This is why the armor of God works in conjunction with one another. The helmet protects our mind, the belt keeps us standing strong, the shoes directs our path, the shield and sword empowers us with the word and if our hearts aren’t guarded-the rest of us is left susceptible to the attacks of the enemy.

Mighty warrior of God, protect your heart. This is the source of your very life. Pray over your heart. Etch the Word of God onto the flesh of your heart. Lay it on the altar each and every day. Be mindful of what goes into your ear gates and eye gates. Hold fast to your faith. Cling to the Word of God. Surrender yourself unto the King. Trusting, believing, and clinging are the components of your breastplate. Choosing the Father over the flesh is your breastplate. Going His way instead of your way is your breastplate.

We hope this series helps our fellow sisters in Christ stand strong in the midst of spiritual warfare. We pray that we stand-Armored Up-fighting from the stance of victory!

Mighty woman of God-you are victorious!

Peace and Blessings

War Wounds…

Picture it: It’s 1992, it’s raining outside, and you are single digits year old. You are running around a kitchen table with some neighbor friends, even though your mother told you and your friends to stop a million times. She’s talking, you are playing and then SMACK! You run into the corner of a kitchen wall, there are stars and that’s all you remember.

It’s double digits years later and the wound remains! While this story is truly comical, many times our scars are not. For a long time, this scar was not funny. It’s appearance makes one feel self-conscious and although healed, it’s very visible.

After a while, the scar became easier to love, easier to laugh at, and easier to appreciate. Our wounds can teach us a million lessons. For me, it helped me to realize how fun being a kid was, how the corners on walls are super dangerous, and how disobedience has consequences.

What about your wounds? The c-section scar, the scrap on the knee that is now healed, the scar from an abusive relationship. If nothing else, our wounds should teach us that we are survivors! Our wounds should demonstrate that we can overcome. Our scars should speak of the Healer who is greater than any advancement in modern medicine.

For Thomas, the scars of Jesus taught him to believe. As Jesus reappeared after His death, Thomas wasn’t so sure about the whole process. For Thomas, he needed to touch and see that Jesus was who He said. When he saw and touched the scars of Jesus, he knew:

Woman of God, touch your war wound, and be amazed at the glory of God. Woman of God, touch that c-section scar and marveled at the fact that the Lord was with you in that moment. Sister, touch that healed wound from that abusive ex, and be amazed at the Lord saving you from that relationship. Will you scars help you to believe?

Let’s not be ashamed of our wounds and scars! They tell the story of the goodness of Jesus! They demonstrate how He can make beauty out of ashes. Scars yell freedom for some. Wounds build faith for others. It did for Thomas, let those scars you possess do it for you.

No longer be ashamed of the war wounds you possess, mighty woman of God. Because of those scars, you are alive, you are healed, and you are victorious. Let your scars tell a bleeding, dying and wounded world that the Lord, your God, healed you and saved you.

Peace and Blessings

Armored Up: Letting Go…

Being armored up and letting go may sound like complete opposites, but they are not. Think about a solider: when they are on the battlefield, they are not able to carry a ton of unnecessary things. They carry those things that are going to keep them alive. Maybe a canteen of water, maybe a pouch of food-but if they have nothing else, they most certainly have their weapons! The soldier is focused on making it back home to their loved ones and fighting for their country.

Mighty woman of God, we must have that same mentality! It’s time to let go of the things that are weighing you down and hold on the very thing that will keep you alive: The Sword of the Spirit! As women, we tend to take on loads that were never intended for us. We have the tendency to bear the burdens of others. Sister, that will wear you out! It’s time to let go.

It’s time to lay those burdens down! It’s time to recognize that we are no one’s Savior! It’s time to stand and fight! You are more susceptible to defeat if you are trying to fight battles that are not yours. Letting go can be one of our most powerful tools as we engage in spiritual warfare. The only tools we need in our hands is our Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit!

The Sword of the Spirit is the mighty Word of God! The name of Jesus will make our greatest enemy bow! The Word of God will rebuke Satan and his minions. The Sword will cut down any obstacle that stands in our way. Your empty hands helps you use your Sword with confidence, power, and precision.

Let go of your loved ones’ burdens and grab your sword! Cast those cares before the Lord and speak to those mountains! Warriors, be strong enough to let go. The lighter your load, the longer you will go.

Fight the good fight, mighty woman of God! Victory awaits!

Peace and Blessings

The Armor of God: Helmet of Salvation…

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!

Peace and Blessings

The Armor of God: Praise

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. The fight isn’t against flesh and blood. Therefore, it makes sense that the armor of God isn’t crafted by human hands. So today, let’s consider the power of our praise! Praise is truly a weapon!

Praise is often considered to be synonymous with music. It’s so much more! Our praise doesn’t come from Maverick City Music or Fred Hammond, it comes from the fruit of our lips and our lips alone! It’s the words you speak, the tears that run down your cheek, and the groan and moan before the Lord. Let’s consider the Word:

Go back and read Joshua 6 and the fall of the wall of Jericho. The people’s faithfulness, obedience and praise caused the wall to fall! Their shout was a weapon! They had access to the manmade tools to cause the wall to fall but their praise was much more powerful!

Is there a wall blocking access to your promised territory? Is there a mountain in your way? Praise your way through! There is power in your praise! Praising the Lord is a great weapon in your arsenal.

The enemy wants you to speak negatively. He’s waiting for you to speak death to your promise-sisters, let’s choose to praise our way through the fight! Let’s choose to rejoice and give thanks unto the Lord for the victory!

It’s time to strap on praise. It’s time to lift our hands and our voices and declare that the Lord is GOOD and that He is worthy to be praised!

Pick up your praise and fight-the Lord, your God, is with you!

Peace and Blessings

The Armor Of God: Focus

Focus is important in warfare. Soldiers do not shoot aimlessly. They are focused on their target. They aren’t focused on what their fellow soldiers are doing, they do not become distracted by their scenery-they remain centered on the mission at hand.

We can stand to learn something from those who have engaged in battle-in the natural and in the supernatural.

When Jesus was headed to the cross, He kept His eyes straight ahead, knowing that the mission was greater than what He was facing in the moment. When Caleb and Joshua visited the promise land, they did not get distracted by the giants-they remained focused on the promise that God had for the children of Israel.

Focus is an essential component of the armor of God! We cannot afford to lose focus or to become distracted. This is why this Word is of great importance:

Remember hearing in church to turn to you neighbor? The time of looking to our neighbors is over sisters! Its time to keep our gaze straight ahead so that we can press towards the mark!

As you put on your armor, consider your focus! Are you more concerned about what your neighbor is doing or are you focused on your mission? Are you more focused on the plan of God for someone’s life and not yours? Are you aware of your surroundings, naturally and supernaturally?

Look to the hills-that’s where your help comes from. Set your minds on things above, the eternal is what lasts forever. Press towards the mark-what the Lord has for you is ahead of you and not behind you!

Focus-mighty woman of God! It’s essential for our fight against those demonic spirits and principalities that are out to steal, kill and destroy. Focus on the victory that is already yours in Christ Jesus!

Peace and Blessings

How The War Is Won…

There is a quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford

Mr. Ford was on to something.

One may say there is a war waging now, whether you consider the war from the nature perspective, with regards to the protests and the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Or whether you consider the ongoing spiritual battle from the supernatural perspective. The war is waging but with a focused mind and renewed perspective, it can be won.

If you hear of those protesting in streets or in the spirit, they realize that the battle is bigger than them but it doesn’t overwhelm them. They realize that the victory will change the generations to come. Those fighting, in the natural or in the spirit, understand that their enemy will not overpower them. The warriors on the battlefield, naturally or supernaturally recognize that peace and communication are keys to the victory.

This is how the war is won.

Your victory or defeat will always begin in your mind. It is no wonder that the Lord exhorts believers to transform and renew out mind with the Word of God:

With a mind set on victory, you can operate from a place of victory. You are not ruled by your emotions. With a victorious mindset, you are not governed by your feelings. You will be able to develop strategies of victory. You will be able to see the hand of God in your battle and in the war.

Your adversary also knows that with a transformed and renewed mind, you are unstoppable. This is why the attacks frequently begin there. If you think you are nothing, the war is lost. If you believe you are inferior, your enemy becomes bigger. If you are unaware of your identity, the enemy will begin to tell you who you are. Without a renewed and focused mind, anger and fury rule and win.

Soldier, continue to fight with a transformed and renewed mind. Continue to remain focused on the mission. Know that as you wage war against your adversary, it can be won.

Transform and renew your mind-the battle is first won there.

Peace and Blessings

Waging War…

As believers of God through Jesus Christ, we are consistently engaged in a tremendous battle. Thankfully, we have the victory through the finished work of Jesus Christ. However, our battle still rage on as we exist here on Earth.

We engage in warfare to destroy the works of the devil. Christ accomplished this, once and for all, with his life, death, and resurrection. We are still prevalent to sin, however, because we still exist in the world. But make no mistake, we are not OF the world. No friend, as a born again believer, you belong to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore, you were created to destroy the works of the devil.

Perhaps you are wondering how that is possible. It’s done with the fruit of your lips, with your lifestyle, with the fruit of the Spirit. Your Christian walk is actively destroying the works of the devil. Your prayers, your fasting, your studying-all work together to defeat Satan and his minions. We do not have to go to Hell and get the keys, that’s been accomplished but it is our responsibility to continue to fight the good fight of faith.

We cast down Satan’s mission to steal, kill, destroy with love, building, and giving. We give joy, we command peace, and we extend grace. We triumph over the advances of the enemy with choosing to operate in love, power, and a sound mind. When Satan comes to condemn, we comfort. We Satan comes to discourage, we encourage.

So fight on sis! Continue to wage war with your ministry, your kindness, and your dedication to Christ. Cast off that spirit of fear, you will win! And you will win because Christ already won! Know that you are equipped for the fight. In Christ, you have all you need to destroy the works of the devil.

Wage on, soldier. You got this!

Peace and Blessings

Fight.

Fighting can be quite exhausting. All of that energy is exerted and fighting requires the mind and body! Sometimes, you just get down right tired. And sometimes, you just want to give up. However, our charge stands:

This post is not about a physical fight. This is all about the spiritual battle that we must face each day. This is about staring the Devil in his face and declaring that he will lose this battle as he’s already lost the war. This fight is about pressing on. This fight is about tapping into God’s strength and not your own.

This fight is about strengthening your mind with the Word of God to remain sane and focused. This fight is about strengthening your body with the Word of God to be able to withstand the blows of life. This fight is for your family, your friends, and the generations coming after you.

Fight for your ministry, your relationship, and your joy. Fight for your peace. The functions of the enemy is to steal, kill, and destroy. Decide today to submit to the will of the Lord and not the snares of Satan.

You can do this. You can fight. But most importantly, in Christ, YOU WILL WIN!

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 15:55,57
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Wrestling Match…

Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Genesis 32:26 ESV

Jacob is pretty bold, right? He is straight up wrestling with God, by way of a man. And he says, I won’t let you go until you bless me. Do we have that level of persistence? How hard are we willing to go to be blessed?

Jacob’s boldness should be desired. Some things have to be fought for and pursued vigorously. Sometimes you have to have a wrestling match. Sometimes you have to tell God, you won’t let go until you are blessed, saved, healed and delivered.

Wrestling with God! Pursue Him, walk right up to Him and receive what He’s so ready to give! He desires our BOLD faith! Jacob didn’t let go, you don’t either, sis.

Pursue that dream He’s planted in you. Fight for that relationship that is kingdom focused. Wrestling for that healing. Snatch your kids out of the enemy’s hands, by faith.

You might be tired of fighting, you may be tired of wrestling, but press on. Your victory is on the other side. Your deliverance is on the other side. Your healing is on the other side.

And as you press on, may this ring true for you:

“Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:28

Peace and Blessings