Last “Trials Tuesday” post, I wrote:
“This world will try to compete with the riches of Christ, but they can’t. The devil can attempt to tempt us with his schemes and shiny things, but they are nothing.”
The best kind of riches we will ever experience are those in Christ! But, the key is – knowing where to find the richness. In 1 John, we learn that this world will try to tempt us – so we need to be careful.
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For this world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but the world (1 Jo. 2:15-16).”
Armor of God
I am currently going through the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer (AMAZING insight, highly recommend!). The study takes a close look at the full armor of God we find in Ephesians 6. In order to defeat the devil and this world, we need to know the position we have in Christ.
If we don’t first understand our position found in Christ Jesus, we will miss everything else. In order to have the proper perspective on who God is, the power of His Word, and who we are. We must FIRST see and understand who we are – as a child of God. We must first understand what has been done on our behalf.
The book of Ephesians is filled with a treasure trove of truths that are important for each one of us! In these first three chapters, we begin to glean this masterful load of spiritual blessings that are ours! After those first three chapters, it is about how we are going to begin to live out these truths in our lives. So, let’s listen.
Click here to listen to Ephesians 1-3. (It will be worth it!)
- Take Note – What Blessings Come to Mind?
- Which Spiritual Blessing…
- stand out to you?
- perk up your spirit (provide you with encouragement)?
- are you struggling to understand?
- How are you living this place of knowing your spiritual blessings?
- Spend some time in prayer, over these spiritual blessings. Pray that God will make these things real in your life, that they wouldn’t simply be words on a page – but that He would enable you to realize your full position in Christ.
Take time this week to study the book of Ephesians. There are six chapters. WHAT IF you took the initiative to study a chapter of this precious book each day? (P.S. One of my FAVORITE resources for study guides is found HERE. This particular resource breaks up the book of Ephesians into 16 mini-lessons.) The sky is the limit. There is no telling what God would do in your life, or how He would activate His power in YOUR circumstance.
While our circumstances are too hard for us, there is nothing to hard for God! We have so many spiritual blessings being poured out for us, we take that seriously! Take God at His Word.
The Spiritual Blessings
Once we begin to know more about these blessings, it is then that we can activate them to their highest level. Which includes activating the full armor of God. This set of seven pieces of armor (including prayer) is essential to living out the position we have been given THROUGH CHRIST!
The Truth is…
Ladies and Gents, we have been SET FREE from so much. Yet our lives can look just so ordinary or problem filled, that we forget. We forget JUST WHO WE ARE – in Jesus Christ. We forget just why He came. We put the truths aside, when our problems feel too big, and are just trying to get through the moment. I am encouraging us (me include) take time this week to focus on God’s Truth. Focus on His truth, and allowing your emotions and decisions to be filtered by His unchangeable truth!
“Therefore, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes (Eph. 6:10).”
For our struggle (the real struggle) isn’t against you and me, but it is against the spiritual force of evil…. It is about our spiritual battle that is being fought right now in the heavenly realm. The unseen battle, is the real battle.
“Therefore 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 your full armor of God on – ready to fight for YOU know your true position.
This is the position that Christ came for.
Jesus has fought to give us this BELOVED position!!
Let’s stop fooling around. As we face trials today, and most likely every day, know your battle is not yours. The battle is the Lord’s, but He has given us specific things to do – to help ensure success. Jesus Christ came to clothe us in His Awesome righteousness – that is what Scripture says. He came to SET US FREE from every stronghold in our lives, and to give us true victory. Long term victory, not for-this-moment. Just because you are struggling now, don’t give into the lie that says “you are no longer winning”. Know who your Savior is. Rest in His truth!
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God (2 Cor. 5: 16-18a).”