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Overcome Weakness with

A.K.A. The full armor of the believer
Charge Claim the strength God has promised you. You can overcome anything in the strength of the Lord.

"When things stand between you and what you want to achieve"

Strength

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Overcomer Interview With Dr. David Jeremiah

Overcomer Interview With Dr. David Jeremiah

 

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Be Strong in the Lord

Be Strong in the Lord

 
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Is God Your Strength?

Is God Your Strength?

 
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God's Strength From the Bible

God's Strength From the Bible

 
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Is Your Strength on the Shelf?

Is Your Strength on the Shelf?

 
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Wait on the Lord

Wait on the Lord

 
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Prayer for Strength

Prayer for Strength

 
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When I'm weak, I'm strong

When I'm weak, I'm strong

 
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Strength Through Weakness

Strength Through Weakness

 
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God Wants Us To Have Strength

God Wants Us To Have Strength

 
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Living a Life of Victory

Living a Life of Victory

 
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Because He Is Risen, You Can Live a Powerful Life

Because He Is Risen, You Can Live a Powerful Life

 

"From the spiritual perspective we're not fighting for victory, but from victory, and this changes everything. We're called to be strong so we'll stand in the victory that's already been won."

"Fighting From Victory" Printable

"Fighting From Victory" Printable

Four times in Ephesians 6 the apostle Paul uses the language of standing to describe how to apply spiritual strength (vv. 11, 13, 14). Next to these verses in my Bible I’ve written: STRONG TO STAND.

Why aren’t we commanded to fight? Because Christ, by His death and resurrection, has already defeated Satan. That’s why we read verses in the Bible such as:

  • Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37),
  • But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57), and
  • Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

From the spiritual perspective, we’re not fighting for victory, but from victory, and this changes everything. We’re called to be strong so we’ll stand in the victory that’s already been won. As we look back, we rest in Christ’s victory over sin, Satan, and death. As we look forward, we face the future knowing God will always lead us in victory. This is what it means to be an Overcomer!

’Fighting From Victory’ Printable

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Suit Up!

Suit Up!

How to Use Your Spiritual Armor

God’s people receive spiritual armor, which enables us to overcome the enemies of despair, temptation, fear, and more, yet many of us live in spiritual foxholes, hiding from certain defeat. How do we wield the tools of a victorious Christian soldier? In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul outlines our armor. Paul charges us to put on each piece and “stand strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” It is when we feel weakest that God’s strength is most fully manifested in our life. We must claim the strength God has promised to us. We can overcome anything when we suit up in His armor, relying on His strength.

The Helmet of Salvation

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2

The helmet protects our mind from confusion, deception, and despair. Our actions are rooted in our thoughts, so we must fill our minds with God’s Word and allow Him to transform us. A growing understanding of our salvation and our Savior steadies our minds for battle and gives us hope for the future. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know the God who holds the future. 

The Belt of Truth

Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
Psalm 25:4-5

Truth is our certainty. It binds us to reality, enabling us to discern the lies of Satan that threaten to trip us. When we are girded with the absolute truth that resides only in the God of the universe, we stand strong in the knowledge of Him and, by extension, who He created us to be. With this knowledge, we have full mobility in battle as our belt holds the rest of the armor in place.  

The Shield of Faith

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Mark 11:22-24

The shield of faith blocks incoming attacks from the enemy. With an effective shield, we can extinguish the enemy’s fiery darts. As we shift our focus from ourselves to Almighty God, our faith becomes powerful and we become fearless. It is not the size of our faith, but the object of our faith, the God of the universe, that makes this piece effective. The more we wield our shield, the stronger it becomes.

Find answers to more than 70 questions on spiritual warfare and the armor of the believer in David Jeremiah’s book, Answers to Questions About Spiritual Warfare.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:17-21

The breastplate is a symbol of our righteousness guarding our heart from evil. It is Christ’s imputed righteousness and our growth in righteousness that allows us to overcome hatred, corruption and deception. We are charged to love, to bless, to do good, to pray. This is how we overcome evil with good.

The Shoes of Peace

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

The shoes of peace allow us to firmly hold our ground in the wake of anxiety. They prepare us to take on worry, doubt, fear and uncertainty. When we have made peace with God and have the peace of God in our lives, we can hold our ground and overcome any assault by our enemy.

The Sword of the Spirit

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 

The sword of the spirit, God’s Word, is our one offensive weapon in spiritual warfare. The more familiar we are with its contents, the better we are equipped to overcome temptation. When the enemy approaches with temptation, we must draw our sword and reply, “It is written.…” Then we watch, expectantly waiting to witness God’s provision.  

Prayer

Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer is our power source. It activates each piece of armor and equips us to overcome any foe. Prayer is the channel God uses to pour His strength into our lives.

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10 Battle-Ready Charges for Each Day

10 Battle-Ready Charges for Each Day

Spiritual warfare is real. There are periods of life when it feels as if every day is a battle. When that season returns, will we be equipped to be overcomers—or merely survivors? 

In Ephesians 6, Paul emphasizes the importance of standing strong in battle: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.… Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…” (emphasis mine).

How can we stand strong?

True strength is not something that can be conjured. It is not found in independence, but in dependence on God. It’s not found in busyness, but in stillness. It’s not found in intelligence, but in relationship with the Giver of knowledge and wisdom.

The Lord is our strength, and His power is manifested most fully in our weaknesses. It’s only in relying on God that we are able to stand ready for battle.

The Lord is our strength, and His power is manifested most fully in our weaknesses

We are apt to forget this truth and become blinded by what we see in the mirror, or the news, or the diagnosis. But God wants us to be battle-ready—with our hearts and minds fixed on Him as the source of our strength.

To help us stand strong and battle-ready, I’ve written 10 battle-ready plans based on proclaiming Scripture at the start of every day. Instead of looking to ourselves for strength, let’s look to the One who makes us battle-ready.

  1. I will stand quietly as I face today’s battles, relying on God’s strength.

    “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

    “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).

  2. I will stand courageously, knowing my God is neither surprised nor absent in my struggles.

    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9)

  3. I will stand humbly, embracing my weakness, knowing such a place of honesty and humility allows me to be a vessel for the Lord’s work.

    “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

  4. I will stand patiently, waiting on the Lord, for strength does not come in quick or dramatic decisions.

    “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

  5. I will stand confidently when I encounter trouble today, trusting God, for He is a ready refuge.

    “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear”  (Psalm 46:1-2).

  6. I will stand solidly on the truth of God’s love, knowing that no matter our circumstances, His love for me is a stronghold for my feet.

    “’Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10, NIV).

  7. I will stand steadfastly, knowing God honors my obedience and His purpose is firmly established.

    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

  8. I will stand lovingly, knowing there is strength in loving others.

    “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3: 14-19).

  9. I will stand hopefully, training my mind to think on the grace and power of the Gospel message and the hope I have in Jesus.

    “...if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister” (Colossians 1:23).

  10. I will stand strategically, hiding God’s Word in my heart so that I may withstand today’s temptations.

    “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).

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Overcome Falsehood with

A.K.A. The belt, the girdle
Charge Truth is not open to reevaluation or redefinition. Truth is a clearly defined entity, the ultimate reality, which resides in the God of the universe.

"Satan's MAJOR attacks against believers are falsehood and deception. He is the great deceiver! This is why truth must be our primary concern."

Truth

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The Belt of Truth

The Belt of Truth

 

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The Simple Lie

The Simple Lie

 
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Without the Truth, We Are Empty

Without the Truth, We Are Empty

 
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Subjective Truth

Subjective Truth

 
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God Is True

God Is True

 
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There’s Only One Truth

There’s Only One Truth

 
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Study the Truth

Study the Truth

 
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Counterfeit Truth

Counterfeit Truth

 
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Are You Prepared To Be Victorious?

Are You Prepared To Be Victorious?

 
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What Is Truth?

What Is Truth?

 
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The Soldiers at the Tomb

The Soldiers at the Tomb

 
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The Seal and the Stone

The Seal and the Stone

 
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Overcoming the Tomb

Overcoming the Tomb

 
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The Overcomer's Appearances

The Overcomer's Appearances

 
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Because He Is Risen, You Can Live a Forgiven Life

Because He Is Risen, You Can Live a Forgiven Life

 
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Because He Is Risen, You Can Live a Meaningful Life

Because He Is Risen, You Can Live a Meaningful Life

 
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Because He Is Risen, You Can Live a Never-Ending Life

Because He Is Risen, You Can Live a Never-Ending Life

 
8 Lies Satan Tries to Tell You

8 Lies Satan Tries to Tell You

The Justification of Lies

Fatigue. Anxiety. Stress. Temptation. Fear. Despair. Lies. Revenge. Sound familiar? These eight lies are the devil's favorite schemes for distorting our view of reality. He wants us to believe that it's okay to stay in a place of suffering forever, okay to believe there isn't anything that can be done, okay to live in defeat. Perhaps no other temptation is as easy to embrace as a simple lie, yet accepting even one of the enemy's most innocuous deceits initiates a slippery slope downward from the reality of God's Truth to the pit of despair.

The Father of Lies

The enemy wants you to believe his lies. But keep in mind who the enemy truly is. In just three simple verses, Scripture gives us an accurate picture of his character, of his tactics, of his goal.

His history tells us he is a murderer and has only one desire. In John 8:44 Jesus tells his followers, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning.” 

His strategy tells us how he intends to deceive us. Jesus paints a picture of this plan as he continues in John 8:44: “[The devil] does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

His power reveals his goal for us as we try to keep our eyes on Jesus. Peter explained this vividly to the Church in 1 Peter 5:8: “Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

If we know who the enemy is, the reasons why he is our enemy, and how he intends to defeat us, why are so many of us still choosing to believe his distorted version of reality? Why would we accept his lies about stress, anxiety, despair, and all the other struggles we have, making us think they can’t be overcome?

Doesn’t it seem far better for us to believe the truth found in Scripture? The truth that tells us the enemy has no true leg to stand on, that he’s already been defeated, that our struggles have already been resolved—that we possess the tools to be Overcomers?

The Truth Behind the Lies

As I mentioned above, sometimes the struggles themselves are manageable. We can manage our fatigue by getting a bit more rest. We can manage our stress by decompressing on the weekends. But sometimes the struggles go much deeper and are bolstered by the lie of justification. We’re afraid of this relationship breaking down, stressed out by the sheer amount of work we have to get done, or anxious about things that just haven’t fallen into place yet. The lie is this: we’re justified to stay fearful, stressed, anxious. Nothing could be further from reality.

God doesn’t want His children to stay stuck. The truth we find in Scripture tells us we should never believe the lies the enemy tells us, and we should be guarded against him. There are far better things God has in store for us, and our part in the matter is to trust in Him and His truth, believe His promises to us, and rely on how much He loves us. Consider this verse from 2 Corinthians— “We have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (4:2).

Justifying the lie and believing it’s the easiest way to get us through our struggles is living in shame and walking in craftiness. It’s not what God wants for us. We know God wants us to live in truth, to hold truth close, to stand on it. But other than the truth we can find in Scripture, what other truth is there? Well, we are told multiple times throughout Scripture of the God of truth. He can be trusted for this reason. David wrote in Psalm 31:5, “Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”

Consider Isaiah’s words on the God of truth, “So that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he who swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hidden from My eyes” (65:16).

We are also told that God Himself is truth and life. “And the Word [Jesus] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). We see further affirmation when Jesus reminds us He is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Christ is our source of truth. We are assured of Christ’s desire for us to live in truth and our ability to live in truth. 

Ephesians 6:14 commands us, “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth.” A couple of chapters before this, Paul wrote that “the truth is in Jesus” (4:21). The truth we are meant to stand on—the truth of who God is, what Jesus did for us, and the lives He intends for us to lead—is meant to permeate who we are and everything we do, including the choices we make concerning the enemy’s lies. We can believe them or reject them.

The Encouragement of Truth

If we know truth and its ability to strengthen us, gird us, how can we plant the truth in our hearts so that we are prepared when the lies are aimed at us? When we are discouraged in relationships, stressed from work, or long for revenge, we need to stand in the truth of God’s sovereignty as it enables us to overcome.

Resist the enemy's lies. Stand on the truth of who God is: He is truth, He is grace, He is strength, He is mercy. He is the one who has already overcome, and by extension we have the tools and ability to overcome as well. Satan's eight greatest deceptions—fatigue, anxiety, stress, temptation, fear, despair, lies, and revenge,—can be overcome when we live in truth.

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Belt of Truth

Belt of Truth

The Overcomer's Armor

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth. Ephesians 6:14

An Overcomer stands on truth. In the words of the apostle Paul, an Overcomer “girds” his waist with truth. The belt of truth is the first piece of armor that Paul urges us to put on in Ephesians 6. But before we can put it on, we need to understand what it is and why it benefits us. Let’s take a closer look at this tool God has given us to overcome the lies we hear about God, the world, and ourselves.

First, let’s consider the function of the belt. While the Christian’s belt is spiritual and not physical, we can better understand the spiritual repercussions of this piece when we understand the physical implications.

In New Testament times, Roman soldiers used belts to contain the folds of their tunics as they advanced into battle. The traditional robes were a hindrance to mobility and their ability to attack the enemy. By tucking their robes into belts, they freed themselves from obstacles. Not only that, the belts held sheaths for swords or arrows, keeping the soldiers’ one offensive weapon close at hand.

Truth is the Christian’s belt. Knowing the truth about who God is, who He created us to be, and how to claim that truth, keeps us from being tripped up in the lies with which Satan ensnares us. Truth secures the rest of our armor.

“Putting on” truth requires reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on the Word of God. Peter tells us to “gird up the loins of our mind” (1 Peter 1:13) and David writes that hiding God’s Word in our hearts protects us from sinning (Psalm 119:11). Putting on truth requires knowing what God affirms in His Word, and then training our minds to think on that truth, and ultimately applying it to our situations. Only then will we find our waists girded with the belt of truth.    

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What Is Truth?

What Is Truth?

Refereeing Reality — You Be the Judge

Almost two thousand years ago, a Roman governor asked a profound—and familiar—question of a Man who was about to be executed: “What is truth?” (John 18:38)

People have been asking Pilate’s question—“What is truth?”—ever since. And, just like Pilate, they have missed the answer.

In March 2017, Time magazine displayed a timely cover that asked the question, “Is Truth Dead?” It was designed to mirror a famous cover from fifty years earlier, which asked, “Is God Dead?”

TIME Magazine: Is Truth Dead?

Speaking about those magazines, Brett McCracken noted, “These two covers, 50 years apart, tell an important story. Without God as an ultimate standard of truth, without ‘objective’ truth that is the same for everyone, all we have are ‘truths’ as interpreted by individuals.”1

According to Os Guinness, truth is in trouble:

  • Truth in any objective or absolute sense, truth that is independent of the mind of the knower, no longer exists. . . .
  • A simple way to illustrate this lies in the story of the three baseball umpires debating their different philosophies of umpiring. “There’s balls and there’s strikes,” says the first, “and I call them the way they are.”
  • “No!” exclaims the second umpire. “That’s arrogant. There’s balls and there’s strikes and I call them the way I see it.”
  • “That’s no better,” says the third. “Why beat around the bush? Why not be realistic about what we do? There’s balls and there’s strikes and they ain’t nothing till I call them.”
  • The first umpire represents the traditional view of truth—objective, independent of the mind of the knower, and there to be discovered. The second speaks for moderate relativism—truth “as each person sees it” according to his or her perspective and interpretation. And the third umpire bluntly expresses the radically relativist, or postmodern position—“truth” is not there to be discovered; it’s for each of us to create for ourselves.2

In the final analysis, truth corresponds to the first umpire’s position—to reality, to what actually is. That’s why truth is found in God, the great I am. The philosophical search for truth ends with God Himself.3

So how well do you recognize the truth? Are you able to discern Satan’s lies from God’s truth? Answer the following questions, and then you be the judge!

Refereeing Reality—You Be the Judge

When someone gives you constructive criticism, do you…

  • become discouraged or defensive?
  • discern needful changes and take action?

When someone spreads false rumors about you, do you…

  • seek revenge and find opportunities to gossip about them?
  • rise above the pain and show love even though they’ve hurt you?

When you are tempted by an old, sinful habit, do you…

  • quote the truth of Scripture, resisting and fleeing in God’s strength?
  • give yourself a pass, just this once?

When you or someone close to you receives a negative health diagnosis, do you….

  • find yourself believing there is no hope and questioning God?
  • cling to hope, knowing God is in control and He is faithful in every circumstance?

When the kids are whining and you are exhausted, do you…  

  • hide in the bathroom for a few minutes as you pray for God to give you strength?
  • push your emotions and fatigue aside and power through your day?

When you watch the news headlines, do you…

  • allow yourself to be tossed to and fro emotionally by the various opinions and rhetoric?
  • inform yourself of the details as best you can and remember that you serve a God bigger than all of the bad things that happen?

When finances are strained, and you aren’t sure how you will make your payments, do you …

  • panic and rack your brain for quick ways to make cash?
  • take a breath and pray to the Lord, realizing you might need to act, but knowing you are more effective under God’s leadership?

When your family relationships are strained, do you typically…

  • find yourself constantly on the verge of tears as you try to fix other people?
  • find yourself on your knees, asking God to fix the situation?

The lies we believe determine how we live, how we act, and how we react to life. God calls us to be continually in prayer and deepening our understanding of His Word in order that we might stand strong in truth.

Overcomer Book
The opening of this article is an excerpt from chapter three of David Jeremiah’s book, Overcomer: 8 Ways to Live A Life of Unstoppable Strength, Unmovable Faith, and Unbelievable Power

1Brett McCracken, “Five Facets of Our Epistemological Crisis,” August 12, 2017, https://www.brettmccracken.com/blog/2017/8/3 /five-facets-of-our-epistemological-crisis.

2Os Guinness, A Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype and Spin (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 11–12.

3John F. Walvoord and Donald K. Campbell, The Theological Wordbook: The 200 Most Important Theological Terms and Their Relevance for Today (Nashville, TN: Word Publishing, Inc., 2000), 362.

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Overcome Evil with

A.K.A. The Breastplate
Charge Love. Bless. Do good. Pray. That is how you overcome evil with good. It's the most revolutionary force in the world!

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The Breastplate of Righteousness

The Breastplate of Righteousness

 

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The Evil in the Heart

The Evil in the Heart

 
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He Gave Us His Righteousness

He Gave Us His Righteousness

 
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Overcoming Evil With Good

 
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Leave Vengeance to God

Leave Vengeance to God

 
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Plan Ahead To Do What Is Right

Plan Ahead To Do What Is Right

 
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Do the Next Right Thing

 
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“Live Peaceably With All Men”

“Live Peaceably With All Men”

 
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Good vs. Evil

Good vs. Evil

 
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Dealing With Evil

Dealing With Evil

 
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The Ultimate Overcomer

The Ultimate Overcomer

 
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A True GIANT

A True GIANT

 
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Little Details Say Big Things

Little Details Say Big Things

 
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The Battle Is The Lord's

The Battle Is The Lord's

 
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The Greatest Overcomer Who Ever Overcame

The Greatest Overcomer Who Ever Overcame

 
Finding Purpose in Pain

Finding Purpose in Pain

Oftentimes things can happen to us that threaten to disrupt the story we are trying to write for ourselves. Pain, loss of jobs, loss of loved ones, disappointments, fallings out with friends, failing health, and more can make us doubt that anything good could ever come of such broken situations. Certainly, in the midst of pain we wonder if it has a purpose.

Certainly, in the midst of pain we wonder if it has a purpose.

In my new book, Overcomer, I open the fourth chapter with a striking story about overcoming evil with good. It highlights one of the victims of Larry Nassar. This young woman decided to live in forgiveness in spite of the evil committed against her. She was one victim of 332. The sheer number of stories the entire country heard was nearly unbelievable, and they were all centered on the evil committed by just one person. And it seemed this trial was happening at a time when women in all fields were deciding to take a stand against every act of evil committed against them.

How many of them wondered if their time would ever come to stand and let their pain be known? How many of them found redemption after the devastation of such betrayal? It is a natural thing to wonder, especially if the circumstances seem to never ease, especially when it seems as if God doesn’t see our struggles.

In the midst of darkness, we must recall what God’s Word teaches about suffering. Scripture reminds us there is a right way to overcome evil, which implies there is always a wrong way to battle against evil—as the wrong way will not enable overcoming. Perhaps the pain you have encountered, the evil you have had to overcome, or the pain you are currently struggling with is not as severe as the above example. But your pain is still likely the result of an attack by the enemy. So, how are you meant to overcome it?

As we examine how to overcome evil with good, take a few minutes to read and meditate on the following verses from Romans 12, and consider how God equips you to overcome evil:

  • Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore
    • “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    • If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
    • For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
  • Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (verses 17-21)

Journaling prompt:

We are not responsible for other people’s actions. Sometimes they do not cooperate with our efforts to bring peace. However, we are responsible for our own actions and attitudes. Read the above verses one more time and consider the following questions.

  • Who has wronged you in the past?
  • How have you handled it?
  • How does God wish for you to handle it?
  • Is there anyone you’re holding a grudge against?
  • What is holding you back from living at peace with that person?
  • What can you do to forgive them and live in peace?
  • Is there something you can commit to doing every day that will help you maintain the commitment to forgiveness?
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Introduce Others to the Great Overcomer!

Introduce Others to the Great Overcomer!

How to Share the Gospel Message

Sharing the Gospel with our friends and family, or even strangers, can be intimidating. Because Jesus has transformed our lives, we want to share the Good News of who He is and the salvation He offers, but how do we accomplish that without scaring people away or saying the wrong thing? How do we find the courage to speak up despite fears of confrontation and rejection?

A person’s acceptance of salvation is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit in their heart, but God has called us to be His ambassadors and share His Good News. Whether we realize it or not, we have everything needed to share this important message.

Having a defined plan of where to start and end can propel us through any anxiety. Here is an effective approach for walking our friends through the Gospel:

  1. Illuminate the evil within.

    When we think about overcoming evil with good, we tend to focus on the evil outside of us. But as the Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.”1

    Solzhenitsyn was merely echoing Jesus, who pulled no punches when describing the evil in the human heart: “From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:21–23).

    It’s a depressing list, isn’t it? And it’s not even complete. There’s no way to list all the evil humans can conceive. So before we try to confront the evil outside us, we need to examine the evil within. The unrestrained, unconverted human heart is capable of evil of every sort. And every man and every woman has the seeds of this evil growing in his or her heart.

    Every single one.

    The Bible says, “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one” (Romans 3:10–12).

    One of the most dangerous thoughts a human being, even a Christian, can have is, “Oh, I would never do something that evil!” That thought reveals a sad naïveté about one’s own heart and a dangerous potentiality concerning the future.

    So how do we overcome the evil within us? We can’t. But Christ can.

    The unrestrained, unconverted human heart is capable of evil of every sort.

  2. Reveal Jesus as the only one who can save.

    The bad news is that we all have evil inside us. The good news is that Christ, in His goodness and mercy, overcame that evil for us by dying on the cross and then offering us His righteousness—a free gift that can only be received by faith. By His death and resurrection, Christ defeated all the “principalities . . . powers . . . rulers of the darkness . . . [and] spiritual hosts of wickedness” (Ephesians 6:12). “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15, NIV).

    Evil no longer has power over the one who is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.

    The transaction of the cross is the most wonderful truth of the Bible. Here in twenty-three words, Paul gives us that message: “For [God] made [Christ] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

    When Jesus died on the cross, He took on our identity as a sinner. When we believe in Him we take on His identity as the righteous Son of God. By this transactional death, Jesus accomplished two critical things. First, He took our sin upon Himself; He became sin for us. Second, when we put our trust in Jesus, He not only forgives our sin, He gives His righteousness to us. We receive this righteousness the moment we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, repent of our sin, and ask for forgiveness.

    Evil no longer has power over the one who is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.

  1. Share a visual illustration or story.

    Pastor Erwin Lutzer has given us a good illustration of how evil is overcome in the heart of the Christian, which we can share with others as we explain the Gospel message.

    Imagine a book entitled The Life and Times of Jesus Christ. It contains all the perfections of Christ: the works He did, His holy obedience, His purity, His right motives. A beautiful book indeed.

    Then imagine another book, The Life and Times of [insert your name]. It contains all of [your] sins, immorality, broken promises, and betrayal of friends. It would contain sinful thoughts, mixed motives, and acts of disobedience.

    Finally, imagine Christ taking both books and stripping them of their covers. Then He takes the contents of His own book and slips it between the covers of [your] book. We pick up the book to examine it. The title reads, The Life and Times of [insert your name]. We open the book and turn the pages and find no sins listed. All that we see is a long list of perfections, obedience, moral purity, and perfect love. The book is so beautiful that even God adores it. 2

  2. Describe a righteous future with Christ.

    That is how to overcome the evil within your heart! Put your trust in Christ and He does the rest.

    Having received the righteousness of Christ by faith, we can now put on His righteousness in practice. We can take on the obligation and determination to live as closely to God’s Word, and as closely to Jesus’ example, as we are able. If we live this way, our heart is unburdened. It sings with love and joy, and is filled with the inexpressible wonder of Christ’s love for us.

    That is the kind of heart that can overcome evil.

    Having received the righteousness of Christ by faith, we can now put on His righteousness in practice.

Did you know? Turning Point’s steps-of-salvation resource, Your Greatest Turning Point is one of our most requested resources. We are currently focused on updating the content and design for the booklet as well as reprinting 304,000 copies. The Gospel message is the core of our ministry, and we are thrilled to give this important resource a makeover. Would you partner with us in this campaign?

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This article is an excerpt from chapter four of David Jeremiah’s book, Overcomer: 8 Ways to Live A Life of Unstoppable Strength, Unmovable Faith, and Unbelievable Power

1Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918–1986: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Volume 1 (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1998), 168.

2Erwin Lutzer, How You Can Be Sure You Will Spend Eternity with God (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2015), 67–68.

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Breastplate of Righteousness

Breastplate of Righteousness

The Overcomer's Armor

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

In Roman battles, the breastplate protected a soldier’s vital organs from his enemy’s attack. Similarly, our supernatural breastplate protects us during spiritual warfare, guarding our hearts from harm. But what exactly is our breastplate of righteousness, and how do we wear it?

Noah Webster defined righteousness as “Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law…It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion.”1

When we consider “putting on” justice, honesty, and virtue, it can feel like an obligation to complete a lengthy list of good deeds. Even unbelievers find virtue in committing “random acts of kindness.” We easily become convinced that righteousness is obtained through our own efforts. Yet in reality, we always fall short.

Putting on righteousness is not reliant upon what we do, but rather upon what Christ has done for us. He took our sin on the cross and replaced it with His righteousness. Because of this sacrifice, Paul could write to the Philippians, “not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Philippians 3:9).

In short, those of us who are Christians have received the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. When Satan accuses us, we need only to bear in mind the breastplate as a symbol of Christ’s perfect righteousness blanketing us. In this battle, our enemy may even use those close to us to attack us. They may see our brokenness, but Almighty God sees Christ’s blamelessness. Walking in shame and guilt ends at the foot of the cross.

Christ has made us righteous

Yes, Christ has made us righteous, but God continues to mold us through His Word and the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. As humans, we still sin and must continually choose repentance as we follow the Lord. We must flood our hearts and mind with His truth in order that our actions reflect the righteousness of Christ to others. Having been made righteous, our continued obedience and submission to the work of God is paramount to growing in Christlikeness. 

There is a battle raging. God has equipped us not with our own good deeds but with Christ’s. Putting on the breastplate of righteousness is a matter of faith and trust in the One who has made us righteous. It is an act of obedience to the same Christ who calls us to reflect His nature to the world. We have the armor needed to win this war, but we must suit up.

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Learn more about the breastplate of righteousness by watching the Overcomer Interview with Dr. David Jeremiah and Sheila Walsh.

1 http://www.webstersdictionary1828.com/

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Overcome Anxiety with

A.K.A. The Shoes, The Boots
Charge When we have made peace with God and have the peace of God in our lives, we can hold our ground and overcome any assault by our enemy.

"Anxiety is one of the defining symptoms of our time. Dealing with the normal stress of home, work, and life is already a challenge, but at some point we'll face other pressures too: money worries, job stress, family conflict, traumatic events, addiction, caring for a loved one."

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Battling Back Against Anxiety

Battling Back Against Anxiety

If you are an adult living the world today, you have no doubt experienced stress and anxiety at some point. In part, it may be created by the technological age in which we live. We have too much input coming into our lives from sources that can emotionally drain us when instead we need moments of solitude, rest, and contemplation. We live in a stressful world. Most of us are too busy and that often robs us of our time with God while adding guilt to our overly stressed lives. And then for some people, they erroneously feel they are failing God in some way by admitting anxious thoughts and feelings. This is not so. God is ever-present. He knows how we feel before our fears are even uttered, and He knows the root cause, too. Whatever the cause, it worsens when we are sleep deprived. Fatigue usually raises its head during these times—causing our anxiety to intensify and making us feel weak and defenseless. It is in these vulnerable moments that Satan attacks.

The prophet Elijah is a perfect example of a strong man of God feeling weak and depressed. After the victory on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18), it appears Elijah lost his confidence in God’s ability to protect him because he ran from Jezebel instead of standing firm as he did when he confronted the 850 false prophets of Baal. This is what happened: “Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, ‘May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.’ Elijah was afraid and ran for his life” (1 Kings 19:1-3, NIV).

Talk about going from victory to defeat! Elijah’s emotions took a complete turn because he was emotionally drained and exhausted. Perhaps you can relate to that. In the book of James we are told that “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours” (James 5:17). Despite his temporary lapse into depression and fear (1 Kings 19:4-5), Elijah went on to accomplish great things for God. But even he, this wonderful prophet of God, when exhausted and alone, began to experience doubts and fears. So don’t allow fatigue and physical weakness and the accompanying anxious thoughts and feelings to separate you from the One who not only knows your thoughts but also cares for you above all that you can ask or think. Anxiety is not a sin; it is a symptom.

So, whenever you or someone you know feels emotionally drained or trapped by feelings of despair—Scripture and prayer are the place to begin your recovery. Considering this, here are some Scriptures to offer comfort and encouragement in those stressful moments or days. Choose one or two of these Scriptures and write them on a card as a source of help during anxious moments. Then find a prayer partner who will join with you in taking your concerns to God in prayer.

Through them you will learn:

You are not alone.

“You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7).

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).

“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear, what can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them” Psalm 145:18-19).

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by” (Psalm 57:1).

And, remember with God’s help…

You have the strength you need.

“God is our refuge and strength” (Psalm 46:1).

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust’” (Psalm 91:2).

“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word” (Psalm 119:114).

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25).

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul” (Psalm 138:3).

The Bible is filled with an arsenal of wisdom to help you or someone you know through the trial they may be facing. Take the Scriptures into your heart, and then take your concerns and needs to the Lord in prayer.

From my book, 30 Days of Prayer, here is “A Prayer of Deliverance” to begin your journey from fear to faith.

Dear God,

I am in trouble. I am weary, worried, and worn out.

Not knowing how to pray, I turn to the Psalms and

repeat their pleas for my own heart:

“O Lord, deliver me!

O save me for Your mercies’ sake.

Deliver me in Your righteousness.

Deliver me from the hand of the enemy.

Deliver me from all my troubles.

Deliver me from my distress.

Deliver me from all my transgressions.

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;

O Lord, make haste to help me.

I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks on me.

You are my help and deliverer.”

You have said, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

I claim that promise now.

Father, You know what’s happening in my life,

in my family, in my church.

You know the webs of worry spinning in my mind.

Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil;

For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.

Amen!

And then, be patient: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14, ESV)

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Shoes of Peace

Shoes of Peace

The Overcomer's Armor

And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:15

The shoes of peace. In the Christian’s spiritual armor, peace is perhaps what we need most, what we pursue most. Peace reigns in our hearts when we remember the truth found in Scripture, when we remember our gift of salvation can never be revoked, when we keep in mind that God supplies all our needs. Standing in our shoes of peace assures us we are placing our faith in the right thing, the right Person.

We know from Scripture that the enemy comes “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” the lives of believers. We are his greatest targets. And those of us who try to stand without the peace of irrevocable salvation will fall prey.

Throughout history, shoes have been among the most valuable part of a soldier’s armor. Without shoes, the solider is prone to injury, prone to falling, prone to tripping, prone to stumbling, prone to defeat. The feet fail. Soldiers must have suitable shoes that will ensure their ability to stand strong in the face of their enemy.

The same can be said for the Christian soldier. Having our feet prepped with the gospel of peace will give us the advantage in battle. When we are walking in the gospel of peace, the enemy can neither destroy us nor sideline us. Satan’s desire to let despair and sadness reign in the world will not prevail against God’s soldier.

Without our shoes of peace firmly in place, we will fall. Even so, we must remember these shoes are anchored in Someone rather than something. Ephesians 2:14 states, “For He Himself is our peace.” Put on your shoes of peace found in Him, and stand strong against the enemy of the world.

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When the Enemy Attacks, Read This...

When the Enemy Attacks, Read This...

Overcoming Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the U.S. alone.1 Its root cause varies, but the debilitating effects are nearly universal. Yes, God allows us endure trials. However, He doesn’t intend for us to weather the storms by relying on our own strength. According to 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” When the enemy attacks, we can cling to the peace we have in Jesus. Our Savior understands our weaknesses, even when others respond with condemnation.

Our Savior understands our weaknesses, even when others respond with condemnation.

The peace that Jesus gives us is a peace that was purchased at the price of His own blood. It is our legacy because of the cross. He has bequeathed it to all of us. We’re responsible for living in the light of the great provision God has given us in Jesus Christ as our peace. When we do, we know that in Christ there is no condemnation.

Lindsey Carlson shares a moving story of how she dealt with anxiety and depression. She encourages us to share our own struggles and reminds us that, in Christ, we have freedom from shame and condemnation.  

  • After the birth of Lindsey Carlson’s fifth baby, she began to have full-blown panic attacks. Like one in eight mothers, Lindsey was suffering from postpartum depression, the number one complication of childbirth. Although she’d struggled after the birth of her fourth child, this time was very different.

  • “This dark valley was more physically painful and threatening than any I’d previously experienced,” Lindsey shared. “I felt like an empty shell of a person. I knew I wasn’t myself, but no matter how much I prayed, read Scripture, or tried to get better, I couldn’t snap out of it.”2

  • As common as it is, postpartum depression (PPD) often goes undiagnosed, partly because symptoms can vary. But according to the American Journal of Clinical Medicine, there’s also another reason: “The majority of undiagnosed cases are probably due to the social stigma of being labeled an ‘unhappy mother,’ not to mention the public image of PPD.”3

Sadly, as Lindsey notes, Christian moms can face an additional barrier to seeking help.

  • For those who love Jesus and want to glorify him, it’s embarrassing to admit feeling overwhelmed by the children God gave us. . . . It’s easy to worry that admitting any struggles may be perceived as sinful, faithless, or reflect a lack of gratitude for what God’s given. Inside the church, women who suffer with PPD [postpartum depression] may actually receive correction instead of grace and judgment instead of hope.

It’s easy to worry that admitting any struggles may be perceived as sinful

Fortunately, Lindsey had the courage to apply the Gospel to her condition, and she sought and received medical help.

  • [Jesus] knows the Enemy’s temptations, he knows the feeling of being pushed past physical limits, and he knows the longing for freedom from pain. . . . When we are feeling our lowest and questioning our faith or God’s willingness to deliver us from the pain of PPD, we must remember the Gospel: the good news that Jesus saves. . . .

  • Our standing with God and his acceptance of us is not based on our ability to be a good mom, to trust God enough to overcome PPD, or on how we feel. . . . PPD cannot separate us from God. Paul encourages believers by assuring them, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Because Christ suffered and died for you, you are freed from the shame of postpartum depression.4

If you struggle with anxiety, life can seem like a battle. But God understands the extent of your worry. And because of the Gospel of peace, the one thing you don’t have to fear is losing His love. Even in the darkest nights of the soul, the God of all peace is with you and for you.

I urge you to embrace these words of the apostle Peter: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6–7, NIV).

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This article is an excerpt from chapter three of David Jeremiah’s book, Overcomer: 8 Ways to Live A Life of Unstoppable Strength, Unmovable Faith, and Unbelievable Power

1https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

2Lindsey Carlson, “In the Valley of Postpartum Depression,” Christianity Today, December 28, 2016, https://www.christianitytoday .com/women/2016/december/in-valley-of-postpartum-depression -christian-women.html.

3Sara Thurgood, BS, Daniel M. Avery, MD, and Lloyda Williamson, MD, “Postpartum Depression (PPD), American Journal of Clinical Medicine, Volume Six, Number Two (Spring 2009), http://www.aapsus .org/articles/11.pdf.

4Carlson, “In the Valley of Postpartum Depression.”

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Overcome Fear with

A.K.A. The Shield
Charge Shift your focus from yourself to Him, your faith will become powerful and you will become fearless.

"If you are a Christian, then throughout your lifetime you will be bombarded by thousands of fiery arrows launched by Satan and his minions. The only way to protect yourself is through faith."

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Don't Look at Your Problems, Look at Your God

Don't Look at Your Problems, Look at Your God

He Called Someone 3,500 Miles Away to Save Him

None of us wants problems. We want life to be smooth sailing. We want happy relationships, fulfilling jobs, great health, and obedient children. Problems get in the way of all that, don’t they? They hit us like storms, bringing waves of fear and disruption.

But problems drive us to the Lord and teach us to lean on Him. They can grow our confidence in the unseen reality of God and His involvement in our lives.

As pastor Tim Keller has written:

  • Believers understand many doctrinal truths in the mind, but those truths seldom make the journey down into the heart except through disappointment, failure, and loss. As a man who seemed about to lose both his career and his family once said to me, “I always knew, in principle, that ‘Jesus is all I need’ to get through. But you don’t really know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.”1

Our default tendency is to trust in ourselves and lean on our own understanding. But when we encounter a problem that’s bigger than our ability to handle—that’s when we learn our own resources are inadequate and that we can’t truly rely on Jesus until we stop trying to rely only on ourselves.

We can’t truly rely on Jesus until we stop trying to rely only on ourselves.

God uses our problems to deepen our faith in Him. Life’s most challenging and fearful situations can be our best opportunities to realize God’s strength.2 Ideally, we will reach out to Jesus as a first resort, not the last. But by His astounding love and grace, Jesus accepts us whenever we turn to Him.

The Reuters News Agency reported the story of Mark Ashton-Smith, a thirty-three-year-old lecturer at Cambridge University in England, who was kayaking alone in turbulent waters off the Isle of Wight. His kayak capsized, and he quickly realized he could not right his craft and make it to shore. Floating amidst the chopping waves, Mark’s first instinct was to use his cell phone to call his father for help—even though his father was 3,500 miles away in Dubai, training British troops. Mark reached his father, who immediately relayed his son’s situation to the coast guard base nearest to where the kayak had capsized—fortunately less than a mile away. Within twelve minutes a coast guard helicopter was on the scene and rescued Ashton-Smith.

We want to be like Mark Ashton-Smith—someone whose first thought is to exercise faith in our Father when we find ourselves facing a problem we can’t solve. Mark was able to look beyond his problem to the person he trusted to save him. In the same way, we need to look beyond our problems to the God of our faith who alone is able to save. 

When our circumstances are bleak, where do we fix our gaze—on the battle ahead or the Most High God? It’s easy to be crippled by our fears, yet our fears are nearly always rooted in lies. Satan is a master of deception, and he will do his best to trip us up and strip us of our shield. Our faith in God makes us a threat to his power.   

Problems can be the greatest asset to our growing faith.

Paradoxically, problems can be the greatest asset to our growing faith. As we embrace our difficult circumstances and look to God in the midst of them, we develop a deeper trust in Him as the object of our faith. The more we trust the object of our faith, the stronger our faith grows.      

Let us challenge ourselves to step back from our current struggles and see the God above it all. God desires to hold us through the storm and show us His power in more intimate ways than we have ever experienced before.

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This article is an excerpt from chapter three of David Jeremiah’s book, Overcomer: 8 Ways to Live A Life of Unstoppable Strength, Unmovable Faith, and Unbelievable Power

1Tim Keller, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering (New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2013), 5.

2Jemar Tisby, “Faith Begins Where You End,” June 24, 2013, https:// jemartisby.com/2013/06/24/faith-begins-where-you-end/.

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Shield of Faith

Shield of Faith

The Overcomer's Armor

The shield of faith is the fourth piece of spiritual armor that Paul describes in Ephesians: “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16).

Paul was describing the large shield Roman infantry used to protect their whole bodies. These shields were four feet tall and two and-a-half feet wide. Made of leather stretched over wood, they were reinforced with metal at the top and bottom.

In ancient times, enemy soldiers would dip the tips of their darts or arrows into a solution of lethal poison. Even if those darts only grazed a soldier’s skin, the poison would spread through his bloodstream, producing a swift and painful death. On other occasions the enemy would dip their darts in pitch and ignite them before shooting them into the Roman camp, setting it on fire.

Of all the implements of warfare included in Paul’s description of the Roman soldier, this is the only piece that is given a plainly specified purpose. Paul tells us that the purpose of the shield of faith is to protect us from “all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

If you are a Christian, then throughout your lifetime you will be bombarded by thousands of fiery arrows launched by Satan and his minions. The only way to protect yourself is through faith. The apostle John wrote, “This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).

Joining Our Shields to Others

While the Roman shield was carried by an individual soldier, it was most effective when combined with the shields of other soldiers. As the soldiers marched forward in a tight, organized cluster, their shields overlapped and interlocked to prevent points of entry for an enemy arrow. This was called the tortoise or phalanx formation.

Sometimes God strengthens us when we’re all alone in the quiet of our room. But often He strengthens our faith through the words or presence of other people in our lives. So don’t neglect the benefit of following Jesus as part of a community. Put yourself into a community of believers, and let God grow your faith alongside, and as part of, His people.

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Praying With Fearless Faith

Praying With Fearless Faith

How many times throughout Scripture are we encouraged, admonished, told to pray with faith? Rather, how many times are we told to simply pray? In the Gospels, Jesus tells His disciples multiple times to pray and believe that what they are praying for will happen. This difficult situation will work out, or this broken relationship will be redeemed, or this mountain will be moved. Praying with faith makes all the difference.

But how many of us approach prayer every day with a measurable amount of faith? How many of us pray for the same things repetitively, not out of faith, but out of routine, out of the ease of obligation? And when we pray these repetitive requests, are we connecting our faith to them?

Prayer is one of those things that becomes monotonous if we’re not careful. It can become more about the practice rather than the purpose, which shortchanges our communication and relationship with God. Prayer contains our opportunity to sit at His feet with the intention of pouring our hearts out and requesting something, anything, big from Him—especially on behalf of someone we love dearly.

It can become more about the practice rather than the purpose.

Read the following Scripture. Meditate on it for a few minutes—

“So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them’” (Mark 11:22-24).

As I have also struggled with disciplining myself to attach faith to my prayers consistently, I have learned a valuable lesson: Empathy makes all the difference. How many times in our prayer lives do we lay down what we think is best for someone in order to simply think about them and let the Holy Spirit show us what we can be praying for concerning them?

Pick someone in your life. Think about that person. What do you normally pray for them? How can you transform your prayer a mountain-moving prayer for them today?

If someone you know is on your heart and they are dealing with a medical issue, ask God for a miracle of healing. Your part, outside of praying faithfully, is speaking encouragement into that person’s life, letting them know you are praying for a miracle, and believing it will happen.

Perhaps there is another friend in your circle who hasn’t come to faith yet. Pray with empathy for that person, imagine what it feels like to be outside or apart from Christ. Is their life in chaos? Are they struggling with purpose or peace or finding something to be passionate about? Do you know that a relationship with Christ would bring them peace? Pray those things into that person’s life. And take the opportunity to be a witness of God’s love in their lives. Perhaps they haven’t come to salvation yet because they don’t know what love from an eternal God looks like. Be the faithful witness in their lives, demonstrating God’s love to them while believing that God will hear and answer your faithful prayers for their salvation.

Prayer is a powerful tool. Oftentimes it can only be activated when we attach our faith to it. Be fearless in asking for big things to happen in your life and the lives of others. God honors and hears our faithful prayers. When we apply faith it deepens our trust in our Heavenly Father.

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8 Ways to Pray When Life Gets in the Way

8 Ways to Pray When Life Gets in the Way

Talking with God on a consistent basis is vital to our relationship with Him. It keeps us connected to His peace, joy, comfort, wisdom, and power.

There is much to be said for setting aside an hour or more a day to quietly commune with the Lord. But the reality is, many of us can’t imagine making that much space in our busy lives for solitude and quiet prayer. So how do we pray when there is little time to be still?

How do we pray when there is little time to be still?

Here are a few ideas to consider as we work to pray throughout the day.

Pray in the car. Do you commute to work? Drive to the grocery store? Visit friends? Driving in the car can be a prime time for talking with the Lord.

Pray in the drive-thru line. Are you waiting for your Chick-Fil-A? Starbucks? McDonalds? Use that wait time to be quiet before the Lord.  

Pray the name of Jesus. Sometimes we don’t even have the words to articulate what we think or feel. When emotions are raw and words fall short, simply call to Him by name. There is power in the name of Jesus, and He knows our heart.

Pray during daily tasks. While making the kids’ school lunches, we can pray over them and their day. While cleaning the house, we can give praise to God for the possessions and home He has provided. While taking a shower, we can ask God to guide our heart through the day. Such prayers may seem mundane, but God delights in the details and He delights in having our attention.

Pray over meals. We all must eat.  It is already a habit for many of us to bless our meal before we eat, so take this time for focused prayer as well. It doesn’t have to be longer or more eloquent than usual, but don’t breeze through it. This is an opportunity to take a posture of reverence and quiet within our heart. As we dine, we can drink of His blessing.

Pray on schedule. It may feel awkward to schedule God into our day, but He would much rather hear from us on a scheduled basis than not at all. For those of us who live by the calendar, we can schedule God in!

Pray God’s attributes. When we feel powerless, we can pray, “Lord you are my source of life.” When we feel betrayed, we can pray, “God, you love me with everlasting love.” When we feel anxious, we can pray, “God you protect us, you hem us in behind and before.” No matter what we are facing, stopping and acknowledging God’s nature will shift our focus from the problem to the provider and release weight He desires to carry for us.

Acknowledging God’s nature will shift our focus from the problem to the provider.

Pray visually. When life gets busy, it helps to have a visual reminder. Brief prayers or bible verses written on 3x5 cards will remind us to pray and focus our heart. They can be posted in the bathroom, kitchen, or car.

These ideas are merely a starting point. God cares far more that we commune with Him than how we commune with Him. While our lives and circumstances are unique, our need for God’s guidance is universal. We are each empowered to pray and ask God how He wants to meet with us, knowing He will faithfully guide.

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What Is Wisdom?

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A Prayer for Wisdom

A Prayer for Wisdom

When we read today’s headlines, we can either wring your hands in worry or fold them in prayer. Worry doesn’t help, but prayer is effective and powerful. Prayer is our greatest need, our highest activity, our finest habit, and our holiest use of time. Prayer changes everything.

Prayer is our greatest need, our highest activity, our finest habit, and our holiest use of time.

How, then, do we pray? Sometimes we pray like Hannah, moving our lips and praying silently. Sometimes we kneel like Daniel, who bowed his knees three times a day. Sometimes we sigh like Jesus in Mark 7:34, or sometimes we offer prayers as long as Solomon’s at the dedication of the temple in 2 Chronicles 6.

The Bible instructs us to pray “with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18, NIV). This includes written prayers, since there are so many of them in Scripture. Most of the Psalms are transcribed prayers. In the Gospels, the Lord’s Prayer is the most famous written prayer in history, and Paul’s letters are full of prayers penned for his churches.

Christians of all eras have written out prayers. Bishop Cyprian composed this prayer aimed at those persecuting the Church: “We pray and we entreat God, whom these men do not cease to provoke and exasperate, that they may soften their hearts, that they may return to health of mind when this madness has been put aside, that their hearts, filled with the darkness of sin, may recognize the light of repentance….” Many of the great hymns of the faith are prayers we read aloud through the medium of singing. The Puritans, too, were famous for their written prayers.

Uniting around prayer is a way of putting the Lord’s people all on the same page. God attentively listens when we agree in prayer (Matthew 18:19), and there is power in thousands of people offering prayer with oneness of spirit.

This prayer for wisdom encourages us to pray anew for the wisdom we need to stand resolute and stable in times like these.

Dear Heavenly Father, Your child comes before You seeking wisdom…

May You grant me wisdom to accomplish all that You have put before me in Your strength and Your power with grace and humility and solely for Your glory.

May You grant me wisdom to discern between good and evil in all that is around me in all that is within me and to know only that which is holy.

May You grant me wisdom to love others as You do; to understand their value fully; to accept them unconditionally; and to give of myself wholly.

May You grant me wisdom to treasure Your many blessings; all that You have given me; all that You have shown me; and, in gratitude, live my life purely.

May You grant me wisdom that comes only from above. Wisdom so divine yet wisdom that is mine and strongest when meek and lowly.

Amen.

In these hand-wringing days, let’s fold our hands, bow our knees, compose our minds, and change our world together—through prayer!

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Helmet of Salvation

Helmet of Salvation

The Overcomer's Armor

Vulnerability to the enemy’s attacks begins in our minds. An unguarded mind, a believer who doesn’t have his helmet in place, becomes a powerful tool the enemy has to use against us. For it is in our thoughts that our greatest fears, insecurities, and uncertainties exist. Once the enemy lays hold of our thoughts, he can attack us in a uniquely effective way.

But if we are prepared, with our helmet of salvation firmly in place, we will be prepared to stand firm regardless of the ways the enemy is trying to break us down.

Ephesians 6:17: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

There’s a strategic reason that these two pieces of armor are mentioned in the same verse. The truth of our salvation, the very thing that saves us, is found in the Word of God. Its purpose is to remind us of three things: God loves us, Jesus showcased this love by dying in our place, and the Holy Spirit never leaves us while we live in this world. Truly, God’s love and Jesus’ sacrifice are all we need in this world. The enemy and his minions can never take salvation away from us.

Imagine a soldier suited up for battle without head protection. Ridiculous, isn’t it? That type of incomplete uniform does not exist in modern warfare, and it did not exist in the Roman Empire. No soldier would go into battle without fully protecting his head. A soldier for Christ must have the same standard. No battle should be fought with minds exposed to attacks coming from the other side. The battle for our minds will be won when we remember from Whom our salvation comes and how the enemy cannot seize it from us.

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What a Carbide Lamp Taught Me About Wisdom

What a Carbide Lamp Taught Me About Wisdom

God has a special way of using the seemingly obscure to teach His children something we desperately need to know.

A humble spirit says, “I need God.” A hungry soul says, “I desire God.” A hearing heart says, “I will listen to God.” And finally, a heeding mind says, “I will obey God.”

To know that we need God is important. To reach out for Him is imperative. To hear what He has to say is crucial. But it’s all meaningless unless we determine to do what He tells us.

Moses affirmed the principle of acting on what God tells us in his final address to the Israelites, whom he led for forty years:

  • Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people” (Deuteronomy 4:5-6).

We’re not wise because we have God’s Word. We’re not wise because we desire God’s Word. We’re not even wise because we read God’s Word. We’re wise only when we keep and obey God’s Word.

We’re wise only when we keep and obey God’s Word.

Several years ago, when I was invited to speak in a church in West Virginia, a member of that congregation took me to tour a coal mine. Before being lowered into the mine shaft, he gave me a carbide lamp that miners wear as headgear.

When we were deep in the mine, he signaled to the surface control center to turn off all the lights in the shaft. I’ve never been in such darkness in my life. The only source of light was the small lamp I wore on my head, which emitted a short beam that illuminated only a step or two in front of me. I remember being afraid to move at first. I could see nothing on either side and very little ahead.

But I soon made a significant discovery. As soon as I walked into the light that I did have, that light projected the way for an additional step into the darkness. As long as I kept moving forward, so did the light, which meant there was always enough light on my pathway to keep me from stumbling and to guarantee my progress.

That small lamp on my head was my helmet of salvation. It showed me what I needed to see to move forward in the darkness. And as I moved forward, I brought the light with me.

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Overcoming Temptation

Overcoming Temptation

Temptation. Whether we realize it or not, this is something each of us has dealt with and will deal with many times in the future. The one time we want our hearts and thoughts to be strong and walk away, to snap out of it and put our game faces on, strap on our armor, is when the temptation to cower is at its most intense point. However, this is usually the pivotal moment when we should stand strong.

Which is why these Scriptures I am telling you about are of paramount importance. They contain the answer to resisting temptation before it’s too late.

Take a look.

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).

Sometimes we wonder about the value of the Old Testament for the Christian life. The apostle Paul provided one answer to that question in 1 Corinthians 10:11—“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition.” To what things was Paul referring? He listed them in verses 7-10. There were five areas of sin the Israelites willingly engaged in: idolatry, pagan debauchery, sexual immorality, testing God, and grumbling about the provisions of God. And the severe judgment of God on their sin is also listed.

Temptation is not sin; yielding to temptation is.

With that background, Paul exhorted the Corinthians (and us) not to make the same choices as the Israelites made. He cited what happened to the Israelites—they sinned willingly, provoking God’s discipline—as a form of “admonition” (verse 11) to the Corinthians. The warning is this: Don’t think you are above God’s discipline if you engage in sin. Instead, look for and take “the way of escape” God provides in every situation where temptation is found (verse 13). To think our temptation is unique or special is to believe a lie. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man” (verse 13). There are no “new” temptations in life.

The apostle James expanded on this theme by saying that, if temptation becomes serious, it is because we have allowed it to be. Our own “desires” entice us away from God and desire “gives birth to sin” (James 1:13-15). God doesn’t tempt us, but He may allow temptation to enter our lives in order to give us opportunity to make obedient and mature choices.

God allowed Jesus to be tempted by Satan in the wilderness and Jesus took the way of escape God provided—a knowledge of God’s Word and obedience to it (Matthew 4:1-11; Hebrews 5:8). Temptation is not sin; yielding to temptation is. There is always a morally acceptable choice to be made if we are willing to find it and take it.

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Sword of the Spirit

Sword of the Spirit

Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17

Consider this verse in light of two others. Hebrews 4:12 reminds us “the word of God is living and powerful.” John 1:14 tells us “the Word [Jesus] became flesh and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.” In these verses, we get two distinct applications of the sword of the Spirit.

As a sword, the Word of God has two aspects or edges. One “edge” is the actual voice of God being spoken into our lives through the Bible, as He is the Word (John 1:14). The other “edge” is comprised of the individual verses themselves, like Hebrews 4:12, which says the Word is capable of dividing everything is life, revealing truth plainly for us. But it’s important to remember that even though there are two aspects of the Word of God, both still serve us, as warriors, by being the collective sword of the spirit.

We are sent into battle, implored to wield our swords when the enemy is preparing to attack. So, the sword is our Bibles, and it contains numerous admonitions to write the wisdom found there on our hearts and live by it. If we are unfamiliar with its contents, it’s impossible to utilize it. The Word of God (His words and all the other verses) is our protection and strength, our truth to stand on in warfare.

Imagine going into war, into battle, without a weapon to wield! No soldier would withstand the attack. His only choice would be to turn and run. But here’s the catch: our spiritual armor does not support retreat. We have no protection on the back. Our armor is designed to stand against the enemy, to face him.

So stand offensively against the enemy with your sword of the spirit drawn and at the ready, knowing that the physical sword is in fact the Word of God, the beat-up Bible you’ve likely possessed for years. We must know its worth, know its value, and know its power as it serves to protect you from the enemy’s darts of temptation and sin.

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17 Temptation-Slaying Scriptures

17 Temptation-Slaying Scriptures

How do we combat anger, envy, covetousness, folly and discouragement? We must stand ready and alert, for the Bible makes it clear that the battle against temptation is not for the lazy. God’s Word gives us the power we need to slay temptation. The battle requires readiness and prayer—and Jesus interceding for us. Here are seventeen Scriptures that show us we are not alone in our fight against temptation and help us send our enemy into retreat.

Find comfort in knowing you are not alone

  • “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry” (1 Corinthians 10:12-14).
  • “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
  • “For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:8-10).
  • “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).
  • “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13).
  • “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).

When our Lord was tempted in the desert (Luke 4), He refuted Satan’s lies with Scripture. Alone, fasting, and physically weak, Jesus stood strong because He knew the power of the Word. Satan could not lead Him astray. Likewise, we need God’s Word if we are to be victorious in battle. When the enemy tempts us to draw away from God, we can counter as Jesus did, “it is written…” (Luke 4:1-12). The following Scripture passages arm us against specific forms of temptation.

We need God’s Word if we are to be victorious in battle.

Find scriptural swords to defeat temptations you encounter  

  • “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:10-11).
  • “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:14).
  • “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on” (Proverbs 4:14-15).
  • “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).
  • A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back” (Proverbs 29:11).
  • When I am weak… “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
  • “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).
  • “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
  • “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:26-28).
  • “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:29-31).
  • “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).
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7 Prayer Principles for Relieving Stress

7 Prayer Principles for Relieving Stress

We live in a world where stress is rampant. In it, we can use prayer as a tool through which we can attain peace in the midst of our stress and anxiety. Prayer is meant to be our line of defense against the anxious situations and circumstances the enemy can cause in our lives.

But if we’re not careful, even our prayers can be filled with stress. We can too easily put expectations on ourselves to pray a certain way or to refrain from asking for too much, or feel as though we are burdening God with the cries of our hearts. While these are real concerns for so many of us, it is important to remember that prayer is simply the two-way conversation between us and God on an individual basis. When we remember the simplicity of approaching God with how we feel and how we are doing and ask Him to meet us in that place, we are reminded of how powerful of a stress reliever prayer is.

Prayer is simply the two-way conversation between us and God on an individual basis.

In Philippians 4:6-7 we are encouraged by Paul to pray and allow the resultant peace to calm us. Meditate on these words for a few moments—

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

To reduce stress in our lives, Christians should remember these facts about prayer:

  • Prayer is meant to be a preventative more than a remedy. Prayer is to be our first thought, not our last thought.
  • Prayer teaches us to depend on God. We can never meet the expectations of our situation without God’s help and guidance.
  • Prayer is a lifestyle. Everything that happens in our lives is the result of God’s loving superintendence. We must acknowledge Him in every aspect of our lives.
  • Prayer testifies of our trust in the Lord. Prayer turns our eyes away from our inadequacy and toward God’s adequacy.
  • Prayer allows us to bring God the specific needs in our lives through supplication. God encourages us to come with our needs.
  • Prayer displays our gratitude toward the Lord. In all kinds of praying, we are to be thankful. Appreciation is to mark all our prayers.
  • Prayer protects us from outward stress when it plays a central role in our lives. We must choose to build our inner strength through prayer; only then can we deal joyfully with outer events.
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An Unexpected Answer to Prayer

An Unexpected Answer to Prayer

I once heard a story about a mother who got a call from school saying her young daughter was ill. She hurried to pick up her child and then called the doctor. But the doctor’s schedule was already overbooked that day. He could see the child the following morning, and in the meantime recommended an over-the-counter medicine to ease her symptoms.

The mother tucked her little girl in bed and drove to the pharmacy, bought the medicine, and hurried back to her car, only to realize she’d left her keys in the ignition and locked herself out!

When she called her daughter to explain why it was going to take more time to get home, the little girl told her to find a coat hanger. “Mommy, I’ve seen it on TV. They stick the coat hanger down inside the window, hook it on the handle, and the door opens.”

The mother went back into the store and was able to get a wire coat hanger. She made attempt after attempt to open the car door, with no luck. Finally, she lifted her racing heart to the heavenly Father. “I don’t know what to do, Lord. My keys are locked in the car, my little girl is at home sick, and I’m here with this coat hanger. Lord, please send someone to help me.”

As she finished her prayer, a car pulled up at the curb and dropped off a passenger. The man had a rough look, like he hadn’t shaved for days, and it occurred to her he might be homeless. But she said to him, “Sir, can you help me?”

“What’s the problem?” he said.

“I’ve locked my keys in the car, and I’ve got this coat hanger, but I don’t know what to do with it.”

“Lady, let me have your coat hanger.”

After bending the hanger and inserting it down alongside the window glass, he quickly opened the car door.

The mother was so overwhelmed that she threw her arms around the scruffy guy and gave him a hug. “You are such a good man,” she told him.

“Lady,” he replied, “I’m no good man. I just got out of prison this morning.”

As he walked away, the mother lifted her hands up to heaven and prayed again. “Thank You, Lord—You sent me a professional.”

God sometimes answers prayers in unexpected ways! In fact, I think He finds great delight in surprising us with His answers. But regardless of how the answer comes, He hears our prayers and responds to them. For this reason, prayer is the overarching key to being an Overcomer.

Prayer is the overarching theme to being an Overcomer.

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Prayer in Spiritual Warfare

Prayer in Spiritual Warfare

How to Pray When Satan Attacks

The armor of God is what we use to defend ourselves when Satan attacks. It is the warrior’s uniform given to every Christian. It is composed of supernatural tools He has given us to contend with the rulers of this dark and imperfect world.

Ephesians 6 lists them as the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the sword of the Spirit, the belt of truth, the shield of faith, and the shoes of peace. Without these pieces we are sitting ducks—easy targets for the enemy’s attacks. A Christian sidelined by fear, distraction, temptations, unrepented sin, debilitating emotional pain, or frustration is a Christian who has forgotten to utilize his armor. So, what are we to do when spiritual warfare comes to us? The answer is found not only in Ephesians 6, along with the individual pieces of armor, but throughout the entire book of Ephesians as we learn the one component that powers our armor: prayer.

The Armor of the Believer

Before we go any further, let’s stop here and think about what the armor does for us. They are weapons, but what kind of weapons? The kind that will protect us on all sides? Truly physical weapons that will make the enemy materialize so we can defeat him? No, they are metaphorical and passive weapons, only meant to protect us defensively. Our armor does not protect us from behind; therefore, we are not meant to retreat. We are meant to stand. The armor is metaphorical, spiritual, because the battle being waged for our souls is happening in the spiritual realms beyond our physical eyes—

  • “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:12-13).

And it is the prayers of Jesus on our behalf that connect us to the battle-ready strength God offers us—our armor. In Romans 8, Paul tells us that Christ is risen from the dead and sitting at the right hand of God, making “intercession for us” (verse 34). It is by His prayers on our behalf that we come to surrender our lives to Him. And His prayers go even further in Ephesians 1 as Paul addresses the sanctification process, the process by which we are constantly growing and being transformed through prayer. Specifically, Paul is speaking of how we draw closer to Christ better by praying that He will reveal Himself to us—

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” (verses 17-19).

But be warned: knowing God more will make you a target on the enemy’s radar. As I talk about in my new book, Overcomer, the only way to defend yourself is to put on your spiritual armor.

Be warned: knowing God more will make you a target on the enemy’s radar.

Suit Up for Battle

So, if our individual pieces of armor are passive and spiritual, how are we supposed to “put on” these weapons of spiritual warfare? How are we meant to defend ourselves and our faith?

The answer: prayer.

Prayer is our one offensive weapon. It is the tool we have that helps us know God better and grow closer to Him. Prayer also helps us get to know ourselves better, including our biggest struggles. These struggles are personalized, the very weapons the enemy uses as he attempts to defeat each of us forever. He wants to render us useless in the fight being waged beyond what our eyes can see. But God desires for us to use our defensive tool—prayer—to put on our armor and stand against the devil himself—not fight, only stand—while we allow God to fight at the front of the battle.

So, we know Christ is always praying for us and God is always protecting us as we come to know Him better. We also know others are praying for us just as Paul prayed for the Ephesian Christians. What else is left? We have to pray for ourselves. We put on our armor by praying it on every day, and constantly returning to our safe place in His arms throughout our day. Occasionally it is brought to my attention that prayer is difficult; I agree, it has its difficult moments. But that is why I like to recite the Warrior’s Prayer, and I have written it below. I pray you read it, perhaps even memorize it, using it as a means of communication with our Savior, asking Him to put your armor on and stand against the wiles of the evil one.

Heavenly Father,
Your warrior prepares for battle.

Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on
the whole armor of God!

I put on the Girdle of Truth!
May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word so
I will not be a victim of Satan’s lies.

I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness!
May it guard my heart from evil so I will
remain pure and holy, protected under
the blood of Jesus Christ.

I put on the Shoes of Peace!
May I stand firm in the Good News of the
Gospel so Your peace will shine through me
and be a light to all I encounter.

I take the Shield of Faith!
May I be ready for Satan’s fiery darts of
doubt, denial, and deceit so I will not be
vulnerable to spiritual defeat.

I put on the Helmet of Salvation!
May I keep my mind focused on You so Satan
will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.

I take the Sword of the Spirit!
May the two-edged sword of Your Word
be ready in my hands so I can expose
the tempting words of Satan.

By faith your warrior has
put on the whole armor of God!

I am prepared to live this day in
spiritual victory! Amen.

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