This week has been a struggle. I’ve seen so many ways the devil is attacking people just in my area alone.

I’m trying to get out of debt but I received a notice from my homeowner’s insurance company telling me I needed to get my soffits repaired. So far I’ve been quoted $2,600.00. Then after three years of sobriety, someone I know started to drink again. And two teen boys driving to church one night died in a car accident. That was the first of many tragic deaths this past week.

alcohol-428392_1920According to projectknow.com
Nearly 1 in 13 Americans abuse alcohol

And if you look at our country, there is hatred spewing from all sides. As Christians, we need to be aware of when the devil is attacking.

And right now he’s coming on strong. The only way to protect ourselves is with God. Ephesians 6:13-17 tells us to …put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

armor-1709127_1920God’s armor never erodes or fades

This verse tells us that God’s protection comes from truth, righteousness, and faith. Truth is so important because a lie is usually the first step toward sin. In this verse, there is strength in the truth that God is in charge. The righteousness of Jesus keeps us safe and guards our hearts against lies thrown from Satan. A deep faith will keep you from having any doubts about God’s love.

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The reason we must put on the whole armor of God is to withstand evil. We don’t war against people, but against a spiritual hierarchy of invisible power. – Stormie Omartian, Christian Author

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The evil one will toss anything at us to get us to doubt God’s love.  There is nothing he likes better than to see a Christian turn away from Jesus. Christians need to anchor themselves in Christ. To do so, we need to read the Bible daily and fill our minds with God’s word.

Stand firm and strong in your faith in order to keep from falling for any of the devil’s schemes. These days there are too many ways to fall. Too many temptations to keep you from holding fast to God’s hand. I pray for God’s protection over each and every one of you so that Satan cannot find a way in.

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Need to Move to Get

Too often we feel unblessed in this world of wants and not-enoughs. We sometimes believe that as a Christian, we deserve to prosper. Instead, we see those who don’t deserve it, obtain their dreams in ways that are sinful.

However, our riches are in Heaven. And the way to feel blessed is to do as God calls you to do. And that means by treating others well and by not sinning. You also need to come forward when He calls you. Like David when he was called from the mountains to be anointed king, you need to step out of your comfort zone and into the life God has planned for you.

God loves His children, and He wants us to be happy, but there are rules to follow.

While no one will be perfect, and we will all fall short, one important rule is to be as faithful to God as we can. The more we focus on Jesus, the better able we are to see what He has in store for us.

You should also do your best to be pure of heart. Basically, choose between good and evil. We will never be sin free, but we have to try. Just saying you’re a Christian doesn’t make the gates of Heaven open for you. As Jesus stated in Matthew 7:22-23, Many people will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not preach in Your Name? Did we not put out demons in Your Name? Did we not do many powerful works in Your Name?’ Then I will say to them in plain words, ‘I never knew you. Go away from Me, you who do wrong!

And finally, if you want to feel God’s blessings, don’t fear getting out there and doing what He has asked of you. Stay focused on the cross and move when God says to move. He could ask you to go to a mission field in Africa or just walk across the street to speak with a neighbor.

In either case, He will give you the ability to complete his mission.

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When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance. – Joel Osteen
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Remember your reward is in the next life, not this one. Just listen and move when God asks you to move. Listening followed by action is the best way to live a life that is blessed.

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