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.
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 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.
Gravity is a field of influence, but the strength of a gravitational force reduces quickly with distance. To put this into spiritual terms, let’s define spiritual gravity as God’s field of influence in our lives. His field of influence is all that He is—is safety, protection, love, and provision—everything we need. Yet we are often lured away from Him and His stability in our lives because of the cares of the world.
The strength of God’s gravitational force (His love) lessens whenever we pull back and attempt to work out our problems and struggles on our own, not depending on Him. The original sin problem is I can save myself. I don’t need you God. When you follow that pattern, you experience continual upheaval. Everything won’t go your own and you’ll continue struggling just to maintain your sanity. But the best place is in within the gravitational force of God’s love and grace. It is a place of rest, a place of calm in the midst of the storms of life. It’s a place of inner peace where you know everything will be fine because you’re secure in the love of Jesus, and He’s got your back.
Make sure you don’t pull away and start thinking you can handle life on your own, that you don’t need God’s help. Don’t step away from His influence, His strength, His power, His love and grace.
It’s so easy to be subjected to the centrifugal force of this world because it will continually exert pressure on the object to pull away from the center of rotation. What does that mean in your spiritual life? Your center of rotation is your position in Christ. Natural centrifugal force draws your thinking away from who you really are in Christ as a born again believer. It emphasizes the concerns and pressures of the world on your thinking. It reminds you that you should be concerned, worried, and anxious about the ‘what if’s’ in your life. It will always focus on the negative things, especially disruptions of unrest or war in the world.
But this is the smokescreen of the enemy. Drawing your attention away from God’s love and total provision for you. Yes, centrifugal force is a force you can physically feel, but more often it isn’t as easily discerned spiritually. It’s taking a tiny step away from truly resting and trusting God and beginning to doubt and question if He really cares about you. How do you counter all of this? By knowing who you are IN Christ. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You’ve been redeemed, and you’re dearly loved. You walk in His strength, power, and grace.
The more you fill your heart with His truth about you, the less susceptible you’ll be to the world’s centrifugal forceful pull coming against you.
The other day we talked about what I referred to it as a spiritual freefall and how it affects our lives. When we face situations that shake our stand of faith, we can either cave into them or face them head on with more spiritual determination. The Apostle Peter put it this way in 1 Peter 5:7-9 (ESV), “(7) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you—cast them on Him. (8) [Stay Alert] Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (9) Resist him, firm in your faith…”
Here’s where the rubber meets the road for putting your faith into action. You are to resist the enemy. God’s already defeated him so your stand against him is from a place of victory already won. You resist him each time he throws menacing thoughts of lack at you Don’t start mulling his thoughts over in your mind. You don’t let his thoughts detract from what Jesus has provided for you. You take God’s Word and chop the enemy to pieces with the power of His Word. The more you do, the more freedom you’ll experience and the stronger you’ll be. It’s spiritual freefall at its best.
Years ago we visited Six Flags with our children, and our daughter really wanted to go on the ‘new’ Freefall ride. Neither her brother nor I would go with her so that meant Dad would have to go with her. He wasn’t excited about doing it, but to make his daughter happy, he obligingly went. The countdown started and suddenly they dropped, falling straight down (buckled in safely of course). She loved it. Jack not so much; in fact even now he doesn’t like climbing tall heights. What was so much fun about freefall? I suppose the risk or thrill factor. People will stand in line to experience and feel the thrill and risk as they are pummeled safely to the ground.
When it comes to spiritual steps of faith, they will balk at what I call a spiritual freefall. Most won’t take that final step. What is spiritual freefall? When you totally let go of your hold on things going on in your life. It’s when you abandon your feelings of doubt, worry, and anxiety, and totally fall into Jesus. The bottom line is trust. In your spiritual walk are you going to trust God? Are you going to trust that Jesus will come through for you, no matter what obstacle you face today or tomorrow? We’ll look into this topic more in the days ahead. Meditate on 1 Peter 5:7 today and understand that spiritual freefall isn’t as scary as it may sound.
We’ve become a wireless world but that doesn’t mean we’re without communication by any means. Just turn your radio or TV on any time of the day and you’ll get the latest news of what happened around the corner or on the other side of the world. Wireless internet simply uses radio waves to send and receive Internet data rather than radio sounds or TV pictures. Without wireless internet communication, we’d constantly see’ cables’ intersecting every inch in front of us, transmitting information to a receiver.
Aren’t you glad as a believer that you have instant wireless communication with your Heavenly Father? You don’t have to perform certain tasks or duties and then wonder if God will respond to you. He lives in you and your spiritual internet subscription never runs out. Free communication instantly, any time of day or night. Don’t let the everyday communication waves of this world and its depressing news block instant access to your only source of peace, joy, favor, life, and health. Your answer to all that you need is in Jesus.
John 15:7 (ESV) says, “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!” Allow His continual communication to strengthen and grow in you through His Word.