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: 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

Armored Up Wednesdays…

We are so excited for this new season for Sisters Helping Sisters. The Lord is taking on a thematic journey and we are allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way! Over the next few Wednesdays, we are highlighting the importance and necessity of wrapping ourselves in the armor of God.

The armor is needed because we are at war! The enemy wants us to continue to fight one another, he wants us to be at war with our neighbors or those who don’t do what we do. Sisters, we cannot afford to get caught up in the hype!

If you turn to the news or hop on social media, you will see the war raging on! For example, yesterday was a big Election Day for Virginia. The enemy is using the media to get people upset at the results. He wants to put fear in people and he wants to use politics to cause division. He’s a liar and incapable of truth!

Whether it’s politics, education, or just everyday matters, we must remember we are not fighting against flesh and blood:

And since our fight is not against flesh and blood, our weapons cannot afford to be carnal…it’s time to gear up!

Join us for Armored Up Wednesdays!

Peace and Blessings

Our pain, His plan…

Can you imagine the Lord having anything to do with our pain? The lame, the blind, the ongoing issue with blood-all can be used to display the glory of God. Imagine that! Let’s see what the Lord has to say about it:

Let’s start here: suffering is a part of being in this world. Our aches and pains are par for the course. Also, some of our issues are straight consequences of our sin. As children of God, we are absolutely forgiven-hallelujah!-but there are still natural consequences to our sinful actions.

But this does not negate the absolute fact that we can still see the manifestations of God’s amazing work in our lives! The man with the issue of blindness became the very indication that Jesus was here and present. His healing is the Lord’s amazing handiwork! His recovery likely brought someone else to Christ.

Our pains serve as an opportunity to testify about the goodness of God. Listen, we are not oblivious to the fact that pain is tough and troubling, but fret not-the Master has a plan for your pain.

Pain will not win. Pain is not the end. Pain has been defeated, Amen?! Our troubles and trials is an opportunity for Christ to be magnified and glorified. His plan for our life may involve pain-but pain is not our purpose nor it is our final promise!

Our pain is a part of His plan-His plan to show the world that He is Lord, His plan to demonstrate to us that we are more than a conqueror, His plan to show us that we are overcomer, and His plan to prove that we are victorious!

Peace and Blessings

Shhhhhhh….

This can be the hardest task for women. Silence. Let’s face it, we have the gift of gab! Extroverts and introverts alike…we either enjoy talking to many people or our one favorite person, we can go a mile a minute or need a reboot after a conversation, but we enjoy talking. And why not?! The Lord did give us a voice and words to use. Our words and our voice have power!

But there are those moments when the old adage reigns true: silence is golden. While we are not sure where the saying comes from, we do know that the Word of God says it first:

Sometimes we have to choose silence. Oh challenging that can be! We want to say what we gotta say. We want to be heard, especially when we are upset-if we can be transparent-we are ready to speak our mind and stand our ground!

So naturally (well actually supernaturally), the Lord tells us to be silent-the absolute last thing we want to be. Ah, but it is in the silence where the Lord can speak the loudest. And when we are engaged in battle with the enemy, when we are steaming, we need to hear the voice of the Lord. He is the voice of wisdom. He is truth. He is our protector.

As you engage in spiritual warfare, before speaking-choose silence. Your silence will signal the Savior!

Peace and Blessings

Dethroned: Fear

Fear cannot reign nor can it rule. Do you hear the Lord? Fear is not from Him. It can exist but it is not eternal. We all have something we are afraid of but it cannot have authority. Fear may be a natural response but we have supernatural power. The supernatural trumps the natural each and every time.

Let’s not give fear supernatural power, let’s not make fear an authority figure in our lives, and let’s not allow fear to sit on the throne of our hearts! Let’s be bold sisters! Let’s overrule the fear that tries to take root in our lives.

The Lord must be ruler, Master, and Lord over all of our lives. He is the One who frees us, He is the One who determine that power, love and a sound mind shall rule, and He is the One who has all power and authority in His mighty hands. Let’s toss fear at the feet of Jesus. No longer are we afraid! We are free-Hallelujah!

We don’t fear what will come: the future is in the Father’s hands. We don’t fear a repeat of our pasts: it is finished. We don’t fear our enemies: they shall be our footstool. We don’t fear Satan and His schemes: We, in Christ, have the victory!

Dethrone fear sisters! Let’s make sure that Christ alone sit on the thrones of our hearts and minds.

Peace and Blessings

Prepare Him Room…

It is not Christmas. However, this lyric from “Joy To The World”, is found to be very relevant during Holy Week: “Let every heart, prepare Him room…” Holy Week focuses on the ultimate sacrifice Christ made on the cross and his victory achieved in the grave. His resurrection and His defeat of sin should be the primary reason why we must make room for Him.

Friends, we must prepare Him room. There is so much in the world vying for our attention and affection. In order to ensure that Christ is in the proper place in our lives, we have to “prepare Him room”. The junk and clutter must be cleared out: Worry. Anxiety. Comparison. Distractions. Discouragement. Discontentment. Strife. Envy. It all must go!

Submitting our hearts to Him, the very place from where the wellspring of life flows, prepares room for Him. Preparing room for Him gives Him glory!

Doesn’t the Lord deserve the space in our hearts?! Isn’t He worthy of all our praise?! Shouldn’t we bow to His glory?! Clear the pathway of your heart, the Master commands attention! Let’s transform our mind-the Creator of the Universe needs His space! And He desires to take residence in YOU, hallelujah!

Making room for the Lord, makes Him center stage of our lives. It all begins with our hearts, then it heads to our minds, and manifests into action.

Let every heart, prepare Him room…

Peace and Blessings

Trailblazer…

It’s Black History Month and we are learning about African American trailblazers. Those folks who were the first to do something, those who broke societal ceilings, and those who weathered the racial climate to achieve their goals. One may say that the season of the trailblazer is over, we say, quite the contrary!

Those African American pioneers were making the way for those coming behind them! They may not have even been aware of what they were creating-all they knew is that the job had to be down-and they said yes! So the season of the trailblazer is far from over! There is so much more work to be done.

You are a trailblazer! The generations behind you are waiting for you to make the path, the generations behind you need you to achieve your goal, those behind you need the barriers to be broken so that they can walk through the door. That may be a scary thought, but know that you are not alone-the Father is with you! The Word says so:

Yes, the first stoplight has been created. Open heart surgery has already been done. Integration has already been done. You may not have your name in history books but you may have your name in your family’s story as the first marriage that didn’t end in divorce. You blaze the trail by getting deliverance from that trauma of your past. You make the path for those behind you by saving, budgeting, and investing. You set the trail by become healthy and whole. Your name may not end up in lights but you can be a light in dark places.

Trailblazer, you are making history! By accomplishing the will of the Lord, you can make a difference! By not yielding in your faith, you can turn the generations towards the Lord! By operating in the power of the Holy Spirit, you can light the path that points others towards the Lord!

Be the trailblazer, you are not alone!

Peace and Blessings

God of the Impossible…

Impossible is probably a word we use quite often or we will use a version of it: “that can’t be done”, “that won’t work”, “it will never happen”. Our eyes and our minds cannot fathom the impossible. However, if we think about it long enough, we know Someone who specializes in achieving the impossible! Let’s look to the Word:

Our Father specializes in the impossible! Amen?! Oh friends, if we can just imagine how mighty and powerful our God truly is, we would be scaling those mountains instead of bowing to them! If we can just grasp, how God created the universe-we would be able to accomplish that “impossible”.

There is absolutely NOTHING too hard for God! Write it, post it, repeat it everyday-there is nothing too hard for God! He accomplishes the impossible everyday. Will we trust in the One who specializes in the impossible? Will we give Him the dreams we fantasize about? The desire that just won’t go away? The prayer we’ve been praying since the beginning of time? And will we believe that He can do it? Trust in your Creator, He is for you!

“Dream big” may sound cliche but it’s what we are called to do. So go on and dream big! Fight that diagnosis in prayer, trust that life can be produced in a declared barren womb, and believe in the plan you have of being debt free! Put His promise into action. Make His promise the decree for your life. Don’t just shout on this truth, stand on it.

We know, we trust, and we lean on the God of the Impossible!

Peace and Blessings

Salvation is available to all who desire it. Being saved is all about knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you don’t know Christ as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer with us:

“Father, I confess with my heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. Thank you Father for saving me. In Jesus’s name, Amen.”

Congratulations, your salvation journey has now begun! If you prayed that prayer, let us know by emailing us at sistershelpingsisters757@gmail.com so we can continue supporting you on your journey!

The Issues of Life…

The woman with the issue of blood ran to Jesus because of her issue. She knew that Jesus could solve her issue. She pressed her way through the crowd to touch the hem of His garment and she was made whole:

When she left Jesus, her issue stayed at His feet.

Aside from Jesus, the woman with the issue of blood should be role model. When she had a problem, she didn’t run to her girlfriends, she didn’t run to her mama, or her daddy-she went to the only One who could solve her problem!

Let’s be committed to run to Jesus for our issues and leave them at His feet! This is not saying that we shouldn’t attend the doctor or that we don’t pursue wise counsel. However, if we start with Jesus-He will point us in the right direction! When we start at Jesus, He will become bigger than the issue. The woman crawled through the crowd-don’t miss the lesson here! It was an active demonstration of the appropriate position of our issues and problems-at the feet of Jesus!

It’s New Year Eve. Before the watch night service, before the party, before the dinner party with our family and friends, make your way to the feet of Jesus with your 2020 issues. Be determined not to enter into 2021 with those same annoyances. Minimize those problems and issues, they belong at the feet of Jesus.

Let’s walk into 2021 set free and made whole because we chose to trust in the Lord. Let’s be committed to enter into 2021 well!

Happy New Year from Sisters Helping Sisters!

Peace and Blessings