“Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you.”
Ephesians 6:10 TPT
It normally opens the front door for me when I come home from the school run. I don’t know what it is about getting two kids mobilised, energised and organised by 8.30am, but by the time I drop them off at the school gate, I feel like I have achieved my biggest life goal ever. And I get to do it all again the next day!
A few years back, I walked through the door as I returned from the school run. Utterly tired, feeling emotionally drained, I stared at the bombsite that was shouting for my attention. Toys everywhere! Piles of laundry, some for ironing, some for washing, some for… oh no, some got mixed up with others. Dust so think that my kids were practicing their spelling on the windowsills.
Overcome, and defeated, I sat down at the kitchen table, wondering if I would ever see the light at the end of the tunnel. That prowling, sneaky lion was creeping up on me. He noticed that I was vulnerable. He was hungry and ready to devour me. He started firing his arrows:
Arrow no.1: “I am just so tired, I am so overwhelmed. This is too much for one woman to handle.”
Arrow no. 2: “I am feeling so low. I can’t get on top of things. Why am I so bad at raising kids and cleaning a house?”
Arrow no.3: “This is never going to change. I am such a failure. Look at how beautiful Karen’s house is. Look how well behaved her kids are. Look at what a mess I am!”
Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed my son’s plastic roman armour set (helmet, breastplate and sword) lying on top of the washing machine. I heard the gentle voice of the Spirit: “Is your armour in the wash today?” I thought, “What?” Again, I heard him say: “Did you forget your armour in the wash today?”
The Spirit of Truth was standing in my kitchen. And he was waking me up to see what was really going on. My warfare was not against a messy house, or Karen’s unachievable standards. I was being attacked by an enemy who noticed that he had access to my weary heart. And I allowed him that access, because I was walking around the battlefield without my armour!
Paul implores us, through his final words in the letter to the Ephesians, to not go through life sleepwalking. To be aware of the strategies of the enemy. If we do not wear our armour, it won’t take him long to wear us out, isolate us and consequently, devour us. It was time to get my armour out of the wash!
The helmet of Salvation.
My attention was diverted that morning as I started thinking about everything that was wrong with the world, and mostly with me. I couldn’t recognise that the bombardment of negative thoughts was in fact, the fiery darts of the enemy. They were “just thoughts.” Over the years I have learned that if I want to stay protected from those arrows, I need to keep my mind filled with the Truth. I have to keep meditating on the Word, so that when a thought came in that wasn’t lining up with the Truth, I could recognise it, and put it out, immediately!
The breastplate of Righteousness.
The quickest way for the enemy to paralyse you is to go for your heart. If he can make you question your right to the promises of God, he has got your back against the wall. That’s why shame, condemnation and even comparison are his favourite strategies. “Look at yourself, how could God ever love you! You don’t deserve it! You’re not good enough.”
The truth is, we will never be good enough anyway, so why do we feel we need to try so hard? And praise God, we don’t have to be good enough, because Jesus is good enough. He is our Righteousness. We are blessed because he is worthy! That is how Grace works. It’s not fair! Be we were on the best end of this deal! We get the promises, because we were made Righteous, by the blood of the Lamb.
The sword of the Spirit.
When that snarling, skinny lion backs you into a corner, and you can feel his smelly breath on your face, it is not just enough to stand there clothed in the Truth. You have to roar back! You have to pick up your Sword and release the explosive power that is in you! Use the force! (You’re welcome, Star Wars fans!).
That morning, after being woken up from my “slumber”, I stood up from that chair and I declared:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13.
Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world! 1 John 4:4.
The joy of the Lord is my strength! Nehemiah 8:10.
Overwhelming victory is mine, through Jesus who loves me! Romans 8:37.
That became my strategy to get out of any funk that was trying to come and sit on my shoulders! When I find myself backed into a corner of misery and defeat, I speak words of victory! I speak words of freedom. And I worship the God who made it possible. I get my armour out of the wash and I roar back!
He’s only pretending to be a lion anyway. He is much weaker than he seems. So don’t give him a foothold. Stand your ground.
You are not a victim of your past, your experiences or your circumstances.
You are victorious!
Today, I hear the Father’s joyful laughter: “Victorious One! My heart rejoices when you stand up to the bully. As you stand in the revelation of who you are and the great inheritance I have given you, my heart bursts with pride over you. When you stand in your victory that my Son purchased for you, with his life, I rejoice! Because it was worth it! You were worth it! Keep standing in my endless love for you. Your victory gives me great joy. I love you.” ❤