Down is Up /Gird your Loins

(Part 12 – Day 5 Layers of Meaning)
Be prepared for a mind shift. The way into the Kingdom of Heaven is with the mind of a child. One of the first things you’ll discover is the way Up into God is actually down. In order for Him to fill you and awaken you with His Spirit, your soul has to be dethroned. Get ready for war but in this case the appropriate response is surrender. You’ll be amazed at how you want to believe and to allow Jesus to be Lord in your life but for some reason your body and soul seem to have a mind of their own. In some ways they do….years of habit, generational behaviors, selfishness, fear… You’re not alone, we all have it. You will go through a season of war in which part of you is fighting against yourself.

The good news is you have available to you this precious gift called grace. It is actually a substance that can be applied in every fight. It’s not a freedom to keep sinning but a supernaturally empowered ability to stop. It’s not striving, it’s not just self control, but it requires self-control to choose it. Once you’ve applied it the first time you’ll realize it’s there for the next time. All you have to do is ask when temptation comes for God’s grace to overcome and receive it. Grace isn’t just a concept, it’s real overcoming power from God given freely to all who will receive.

So I hate to break it to you but the battle isn’t just against yourself. Believer or Unbeliever, I think we can all come into agreement that there is evil in this world. The Bible fully explains it all but it can seem like fantasy to those on the outside. There is an enemy whose first priority is to separate you from God eternally. Remember the Devil and demons? They’re real. They are fallen angels who will eventually reside in Hell. Apathy is the Devil’s first weapon. If you don’t believe in him then you have no concern about him owning you. After you choose Jesus Christ you are no longer under the devil’s control, but this dark force will do everything in their power to sabotage your growing relationship with God. And don’t be surprised if the attacks increase in magnitude and severity. This liar will do everything in his arsenal to deceive you, to cause you to separate from the pack with full intention of taking you out….this is real life and death stuff.

Don’t fall into fear, that is actually one of his weapons. God gives us power, love and a sound mind. As a growing Christian, the proper response to this invisible enemy is to pray. Call in for reinforcements from your church community, others already trained in battle who can war for you and help you learn how to rise up as a spiritual warrior. Do not travel this journey alone. You need to be in community with other believers; watching each other’s back.

The weapons of warfare can be counterintuitive. Obedience to God’s word is a major weapon, it is a way of fortifying yourself from attack, that’s where grace comes in, apply it. Prayer is another extremely powerful weapon and there is much to learn in this area to become highly effective. Bible knowledge becomes your bullet or sword, if you’ve eaten it it’s there and ready for use, but you need discernment, wisdom and understanding to know how and when to use what. This will come over time as you study and practice.

You were made to win, but it’s as you allow God to flood you with Himself that your True power comes. Lay down your bad self and believe that the King of kings knows what’s best for you. Put on your armor, there’s battle ahead.

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