Since my last blog I have been struggling with my thoughts. My mind goes to those dark places and causing great anxiety and fear. I confess this as a weak brother. I had let my weariness bring me down to my knees. At church I couldn't even stand. Lord have mercy. Yet, it is by God's Word and the power of Jesus that I will overcome these obstacles. God's word and worship refocus our minds on what is true! Fear is false and a liar! That is why we need to suit up in the armor of God. As Paul encourages believers in Ephesus:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
I ask that you would pray this prayer for me and my family. Pray for yourself and your family too. In Christ we may stand!
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