November 9, 2022

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

1. Remember what is happening behind the scenes. We aren’t fighting against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12). God has given us divinely powerful spiritual weapons to fight the good fight of faith. They enable us to press through the battles of life and end up as more than conquerors. Whatever you are going through, God has left out nothing in equipping you to win!

2. You have been equipped. Jesus told a group of 70 disciples that he had given them authority over all the power of the enemy and that nothing would injure them (Luke 10:19). There is power in the name of Jesus. We can pray in His name, and demons will flee (Mark 16:17). We speak God’s Word, and mountains move (Mark 11:23).

3. Learn how to pray when people are weird. You may ask the question, why are some people blinded to the gospel, which we know to be so powerful? In 2 Corinthians 4:4, it says, “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” That’s why when people do weird things, we should pray for them to get free; “They may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:26).

4. Start with praise. There is power when we praise and worship God. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving. And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). It’s so beneficial to begin everything with praise and thanksgiving toward God. I start my meals that way; we start church that way. It’s impactful to begin your time with God that way. In the car before work or school, praise and acknowledge God, even if you are stressed and it’s the last thing you feel like doing. You won’t regret it.

I praise You, Lord! I sing a new song to You. I let the high praises of You be in my mouth. Thank You that you hear my prayers. I love You because you first loved me. I am more than a conqueror. I have the victory, and I will triumph in this situation, in Jesus’ Name, amen. (Psalm 149:1, 6;1 John 4:19; Romans 8:37.)

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry

e·quip, verb
To supply with necessities such as tools or provisions. To furnish (someone) with the qualities necessary for performance; prepare:

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