So I started a devotional with my Bible Study called, The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. I highly recommend it.
I’ve been doing the workbook for one week, and already my prayer life has drastically changed. Not only that, but I’ve seen a marked improvement in living a victorious life. The book is about being aware of the spiritual battle waging around us. We need to be prepared for it by putting on the armor of God—the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the gospel shoes, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit. But the author starts the study by discussing what she considers to be the lesser-known, underutilized, 7th piece of God’s armor: prayer.
She starts by explaining that we are all in a spiritual battle that manifests itself in the trouble we have in our lives: those broken relationships, those people that get on your last nerve, your financial troubles, the circumstances that get you down . . . all those things. But here’s the thing: those people and circumstances aren’t your real problem. They’re the symptoms of the real issue.
So we have to pray and fight against him and his forces using weapons that work–the Armor of God. Plus, we have to stay strengthened in the Lord and activate the armor with prayer.
The book is teaching us not to give Satan too much credit–God has already given us the victory–but to be aware of him because he’s prowling around looking for someone to devour. I no longer want to give him the opportunity to devour me or the ones I love.
Satan does not like my new resolve. Since I began praying specifically against Satan’s attacks in my life and my writing and the lives of my friends and family, he’s attacked me more and more–from my emotions to my family to my health.
Yeah, I think he realizes I’m not taking it anymore. I haven’t won all the battles, but I am winning more than usual. I’m aware of his attacks, so he’s not going to make me into an easy mark anymore.
And I have God on my side too, so . . . his days are numbered.
Next week we start on the Belt of Truth.
Oh, and one more thing: Really, Atlanta Falcons? Really?! I don’t even want to talk about that!
-:heart: M.R. Anglin.