Daily Devotional – 5/12/14 “Stop running!”

Today is one of those days when I’m feeling some type of way. I really think it’s the devil trying to block my progress because this spiritual thing is getting real. I mean, it’s always been real but it’s getting really real. Now, if you’ve never toiled with your spirituality or your gift then you wouldn’t understand but it’s like the deeper I get rooted, the harder my trials and it’s hard to understand, to comprehend and to wrap my mind around it. Oh, please believe me when I tell you; I’m not giving up, I’m not wavering in what I’ve been called to do, I’m not having second thoughts about my spiritual work but I’m just letting you know that my tests are getting harder. Yea, the more I ground myself in God’s work the more the enemy grinds into me. The more I study, the more obstacles I seem to stumble over. The more I write, the more the enemy tries to get me to weep. The more I encourage the more the enemy enters my personal space. The more I pray the more the enemy preys. Oh, but that’s alright, that’s ok because I’ll stand face to face with the enemy any day.

See, here I am writing this thang for me this morning but it might just be for you too so let me make this plain. Stop running from the enemy! Yea, God has given us everything we need to defeat whatever it is that is formed against us because our bible tells us in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper.” Now, usually this is where this scripture, when anyone refers to it, stops but it actually continues on to say, “And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” So you see we ain’t got any worries for Ephesians 6:10-17, The Message Bible says, “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” So, we got this because God has already prepped us for this fight! Hold on!

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