Prepared For A Greater Work

A friend of ours recently received a promotion at work but before he could begin his new job, he needed to train his replacement. When you start something new, you need help to know what to do. We want to make sure you know what to do and how to activate God’s Word and your faith as an overcoming believer. So often believers think that they’ve got to fight for their spiritual position to defeat the enemy. The good news is that Jesus already defeated the enemy. Your fight is from faith, from your position of victory in Jesus.

This is where Ephesians 6:11-17 comes into play. As you read these verses, see yourself as a beloved child of God dressed in the armor that Jesus has already given you. Because you’re in Him, you have His truth covering you, and you are righteous in Him. Because His love is in you, your feet are prepared to share the good news of the Gospel of Grace, and you are covered with the helmet of salvation and your sword is the powerful Word of God.

Begin to see yourself more as a mighty warrior complete in the full armor of God, strong in the power of the Lord.

Walking Stress Free

This world offers no relieve from stress or pressure, but I’m sure you’ve already recognized that. The world itself is under the stress and pressure of sin. Especially as we near the end of this year, it’s vital that you understand you’re not meant to live under stress and pressure. Stress is the cause for most illnesses in our bodies. Man was meant to live full of peace and stress-free. So, how do you keep yourself from stressing? Instead of giving into the stress, bring the Lord into every situation of stress you encounter. If you don’t and it accumulates, it will ultimately affect your health.

Before you encounter stress and pressure, the best anecdote is to let Jesus saturate your heart and mind with His peace. Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) declares, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.” Your focus shifts from the problem to the solution: Jesus and His peace. It’s changing your pattern of thinking and action. It’s immersing your mind in His peace. It is establishing your heart in His goodness, love, and grace for you. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, ESV).

What About Distractions?

What about distractions in life? This is another of the enemy’s tricks to keep us from operating as a victorious child of God. He wants you to be defeated and worthless. He wants you to go around depressed, unhappy, and then blame God because your life sucks. He will use anything to distract you from staying IN the Word, really digging into it, and from operating from your New Covenant rights. And recognize he gets downright personal. He’ll use your husband/wife or family to stir up strife and put the thought in your mind that you’re unhappy because nobody understands you.

Don’t you recall the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10? When Jesus came to their house, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus taking in all that He had to share while her sister, Martha was in the kitchen. Martha became distracted with what people expected of her and with all the food she had to prepare. She was so distracted that she told Jesus that her sister didn’t even care to help her so she had to do it all herself. (Does that sounds like us sometimes?) What did Jesus tell Martha? “Only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part” (Luke 10:42).

The more you spend time with Jesus in His Word, the less you’ll be distracted. He’s concerned about what concerns you, and He will show you how to handle each distractions you face.

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