Thursday, March 31, 2016


I'm not perfect. I'm so far from it. I even remember pouring me tears out a couple of months back because I yearn for perfection so badly sometimes.

People. Many people describe me or perceive me as "perfect." But why? Perhaps it is because I'm quiet, caring, sweet, "religious," intelligent, sensitive, and well-behaved. I'm also in college succeeding academically, lead a Bible study there, and am currently writing my first book.

That seems perfect, does it not? they say.

But perfection is boring.

Lately I've had an experience that greatly humbled me and reminded me of the grace of God. This was just last week to be exact.

Last week was a little off. I was a little off. It was an emotional roller coaster for me. I was not feeling my best physically or emotionally. I also caught myself more focused on my flesh and not enough on the Spirit. Because of this, my work was affected.

Basically I've been battling the enemy. I let him seep into my head and feed me lies.

Last Wednesday was my breaking point. Up until that day, the devil has been attacking my mind by filling it with all of these negative self thoughts: "you're not good enough;" "you're not attractive enough;" "you're not fit enough for your calling;" "you'll never be that successful."

I was dealing with a sense of inferiority. I was feeling insecure about God's calling on my life. I was doubting the effect that my blog, my writing, and my teaching can have on my readers and followers. I was starting to feel the heat of fierce competitors on social media (other bloggers).

To top it all off, during that week I had posted something on social media (an exerpt from my previous blog post) that was dangerously misinterpreted. I was told that my post "gave more props to the enemy than the Almighty Father." That hurt. Really bad. So I graciously explain my post saying that I never meant for it to be read that way. I forgave the person who bashed me, but I knew it was the work of the enemy. 

This really made me begin to question my gift of encouragement. "Maybe I'm not really that good..." But I try brushing and praying it off before bed. I ask God to forgive me. He knows that I was not coming from a bad place. Not at all.

The next day...

I was preparing to draft my new devotional post. I posted a sneak peak of it on my Instagram account. But then something else happens.

I get told by someone else that my post was showing unbiblical points! I was so suprised and disappointed in myself. So I shamefully delete my post and cancel my blog post for that week.

The fact that I was told that i was making unbiblical points was not a work of the enemy. It was a loving act of correction. But the thoughts that followed after that correction were of the enemy. Again...

Everything was starting to build up. Negative thoughts cloud my mind, tears pour like rain from my eyes.

"I am not gifted."
"I dont' have what it takes to spiritually teach."
"Why did God even choose me?"
"I'm an idiot."
"Why am I even doing this?"
"I'm a nobody."

These thoughts...from the lawless one.

I cry and cry for almost two hours. Trying and failing to cry out to God, to bring myself to pray.

I'm feeling down and purposeless for the rest of the day.

Until that night. God beckons me outside a little after midnight. He shows Himself to me with the full, large, white moon peeping through my bedroom window (Lord knows I love the moon). When winding down at the end of the day, I normally sit in my bedroom with all of the lights turned off in complete silence (or listening to relaxing or gospel music) drinking some decaffinated tea because it soothes and relaxes my mind and body. But that night, God led me to a different venue.

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So I grab my tea and sit out on the front porch right under the moon. It is so beautiful. God is so beautiful.

I take in the moment of beauty and tranquility. The cool breeze caressing my pained spirit, the quietness stilling my soul, the moonlight gently beaming on me as an expression of God's love.

I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and send up a silent prayer. It went something like this:

"Heavenly Father,
Please forgive me, Lord, of all of my sins. Reveal Yourself to me, Father. Be my joy, my peace, my strenght. May You release me of my burdens and these negative thoughts and replace them with Yours, Jesus. May I wake up tomorrow morning with a renewed heart, spirit, and mind. I love you so much, Lord. I pray this in Jesus name, 

I also thanked and praised Him. I felt Him so present at that moment. My spirit already lifted.

I sip the rest of my sleepy tea and go back inside and slip into bed. I fall asleep with Jesus on my mind.

Remarkably, I wake up the next day with such a refreshed spirit. Feeling healed. Feeling loved. The negative thoughts of the enemy...GONE. The Lord faught the enemy while I was peacefully asleep! The whole day was a blessing. Even the day before was a blessing. Being humiliated can hurt like crazy, but it is just a loving reminder of God's grace.

Even I fall victim of the enemy's attacks, we all do. I doubt myself sometimes. I tend to get nervous and anxious very easily. I have days when I don't feel like praying. I have days when don't feel like being nice to people at all. I have days when I don't feel beautiful. I have days when I am more led by my flesh than by the Holy Spirit. I am very imperfect. I am human.

But God loves me like crazy regardless!!

His strength is so beautifully manifested in our weakness.

He shows us His best when we are hurting and burdened. He loves the broken (Psalm 34:18).

It is all about having faith.

Be thankful at this time! From the words of my aunt Tracy (a prophetess who I spoke to in the midst of this): praise God because the enemy likes to attack those who are the closest to God and who are doing great things for His kingdom. If the devil ain't on your back trying to break you apart from God, you're already right where he wants you to be! And what a dangerous place to be in!

Stay faithful,
Stay obedient,
Stay close,
To God,
And He
Will keep

James 4:8--"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

2 Corinthians 12:9-10--"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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

Psalm 34:18--"The Lord is near those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit."

Vicki Yohe--"God Loves the Broken" (I encourage you to listen to this beautiful song!).

Friday, March 18, 2016

No More Shy Christians!

"Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world." ~1 John 4:4

Hello everyone and welcome! Today I will be talking about shyness in Christianity, how it can be dangerous while living for God, my personal experience with it and how God has delivered me, and how to be delivered from that bondage of fear.
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God calls us all to live boldly and proudly for Him by living out His will and His desires for our lives. Boldly, meaning we cannot let fear rule our lives. Think about this: if we are constantly bonded by fear, how will God be seen, felt, and experienced in this world? What if all Christians were like that? Stiff and frozen with fear every time they had to witness to others, evangelize, pray publicly, show (uncommon) kindness to strangers, or even talk to God? If that were the case, then this world would be in a far worse state than it is already because there would be no display of God's love or character. That is why God gives us gifts, a will, and a purpose for our lives, to bleed His beauty through this cold world and through other people.

I touch on fear so heavily because shyness is stemmed from fear. Shyness is a fear of social rejection. I know a lot about shyness because I used to be incredibly shy when I was growing up. I'm only a little shy now, but, thankfully, not nearly as shy as I used to be. Later on in this post, though, I will express how God helped me overcome my fears.

One may probably think, "so, if shyness is such a bad thing to have as a child of God, then why is it that He creates shy people?" Here is the answer: God does not create shy people, but it is the world that breeds shyness. God does create quiet people--like myself--but not shy people. Shyness is a fear that is learned from worldly experience. This fear comes from the enemy and he uses this fear to trap our mind, our willpower, and, ultimately, our actions. Satan doesn't want God's love to be shown in this world. That's why he can make the strongest children of God into the shyest ones just so they don't make an impact! But that does not case. It should not be the case. And if God has anything to do with it, it will not be the case.

I want to say this to you now: the only force stronger than fear is love (1 John 4:18--"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who 
fears is not made perfect in love"). Know that shyness is a learned fear and anything that is learned can be unlearned. And yes! Shyness can be unlearned.

So what are some Godly ways to combat shyness? Here are some ways that I believe will definitely help (personally, I have used these tips!): 

  • It is always best to begin with God and His word. Try looking for Bible verses that speak on fear and anxiety and courage. Here are some wonderful scriptures to start with:
    • Isaiah 41:10--"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
    • Philippians 4:6-7--"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be make known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
    • Philippians 4:13--"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
    • 2 Timothy 1:7--"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
    • Deuteronomy 31:6--"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."
    • Proverbs 28:1--"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion."
    • 1 Peter 3:13-14--"Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled."

If it helps at all--and this is something I do--write scripture on PostIt notes and put them on your wall or on your nightstand. That way the verses can be stored in your heart. If you feel comfortable, speak those verses over yourself out loud or speak them in your head daily. This serves as a positive affirmation and will, therefore,  help you to believe the power of God's word and will ultimately help you to live out His word. (Proverbs 23:7--"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.")

  • Pray and ask God to deliver you from your shyness and to give you a spirit of boldness.
    • Warning: the answer to this prayer may be the last thing you want, but exactly what you need. 
Expect God to put you in some uncomfortable places to grow you (check out my Instagram post on "getting uncomfortable" here). He may put you in situations where you will have to do something daunting such as public speaking, speaking to strangers, or any new life experience you may not be comfortable with. Now before you have a near anxiety attack and run for cover, remember that God is only wanting to strengthen and mold you into His image. Just trust Him and know that nothing but the best can come out of these experiences. A diamond cannot be made without pressure.

I've experience this personally over the past year when I asked God to give me a spirit of boldnes so I can be a better witness for Him. Over time--well, last year--He has placed certain people in my life and put me in situations where I had to be a light for Him. For example, I told the last roomate that I had (who stopped going to church for a while) about how God has moved in my life up to that point. I even invited her to come to our weekly bible studies that my group and I did on campus (all this actually happened on the day we first met!)! Before I moved out, she told me that I really had an influence on her and--not that I'm bragging, I promise--that I was her favorite roomate (and she was definitely mine).

Another experience when I had to float outside of my comfort bubble was my first time leading bible study that same year. (I tell my in-depth story about this in one of my previous posts, "Face-to-Face: Use Your Voice.") Long story short, I anxiously overcome my public speaking challenges and speak and teach for God's glory! God was putting me in situations where I had to be bold for Him. Intimidating? Very! Impossible? No. But rewarding? Incredibly! There is nothing like making God proud.

  • The last tip is to take initiative! Now, I know this sounds absolutely terrifying to shy people (hey, it frightens me just writing it!), but it is worth the trouble. Sometimes  we have to be the ones to step forward in faith, to make that first move. This will be the toughest step, so brace yourself! Make that phone call, start that conversation, apply for that job, register for that class, speak up during that class discussion! Make sure to start off with the smaller challenges that way you will be able to take on the bigger challenges. We have to want to be bold for Christ because desire minimizes fear. God wants us to take a leap of faith.
I recently had a similar experience with taking initiative. Just a few weeks ago, I hade to make several phone calls (one of the most nervewrecking things to do as an introvert). I was on a job hunt. I love work and productivity and helping others, so having a job was something I really wanted. After weeks of not hearing back from any of the companies that I applied to, my sister advised me to call in and check on my application statuses. I internally groaned at at the thought of it of it but I remebered how badly I wanted--and needed--a job. So...I made the decision to call those places that I applied to.

As much as I dreaded doing so, I couldn't be happier now because I got scheduled for an interview (yikes!) and will be working at David's Bridal next week! Praise God!

So there you have it! The three tips that I suggested above will be great helpers in tackling shyness and the enemy for putting that fear in you.

One final thing I want to add before I finish: does God love shy people? Yes! But what He doesn't love is how we let our shyness hinder us from doing what is right in His sight. We let the enemy win by letting our fear take over. Ask God to expose you of what makes you shy. What scares you the most? He will help you to comfront that fear and conquer it.

Think about this: what if Jesus was shy? What if He let shyness overtake Him? It's a hounting thing to think about isn't it? Thanfully, though, Jesus was not that way. He was driven by the intense love He feels for His Father and the intense love He feels for us. He was not phased by fear. Neither shoudl we be phased by fear. It is human to experience fear, but it is nothing but Satan trying to keep us back from being who God called us to be. He des this because he is intimidated by the God in us. We are God's children! We must show the enemy why we intimidate him.

I pray that you, my lovely readers, will take these words and lock them in your hearts and be the best witness, teacher, artist, singer, and the best child of God that you are destined to be! We all have something beautiful, rare, unique, and extraordinary to offer to the world. No one can do it better than you can. So take off that obscure veil of shy and see your life for what God created it to be.

Love you all,


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

15 Ways to Saturate Your Daily Life with Prayer

15 Ways to Saturate Your Daily Life with Prayer

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“Pray without ceasing…” ~1 Thessalonians 5:17 

Greetings! This past weekend, God has told me to publish a post about how to get more prayer into our lives. So as I’m sitting under a hooded dryer deep conditioning my hair, I was led by the Holy Spirit to go on and draft out these prayer tips. I grabbed my composition journal and a pen and said a prayer for the Lord to give me prayer helpers to write down and share. Immediately, God took my pen and began writing for me.

Prayer is a strong necessity for a healthy relationship with God. Prayer is communicating with our Creator, the Lover of our souls, our Savior. Think if it, rather, as seed and a flower. If that flower has no seed, how is it expected to grow and flourish? In the same way, how do we expect our relationship with God to grow and blossom without prayer? What is a relationship without communication? Below, I have listed 16 ways to increase and strengthen your prayer life. I pray that you will find these helpful!

1.     Pray in the morning. This is the perfect time to thank God for giving you a new day. This is the perfect time to lift Him up and glorify Him for who He is and for giving you breath and another chance at life. Pray and ask God for His presence and guidance throughout your day. Pray for wisdom, strength, and courage to face any challenges that day brings. Ask God to help you live that day in a way that is pleasing to Him. Ask Him to use you for His glory to touch someone’s life and to help someone in need (part of my morning prayer!). Ask Him for daily bread. Anything you have to say to the Lord, say it. He wants to hear from you in the morning! I personally love to talk with God before I speak with anyone else in the morning. He comes first!
2.     Ask God to help you plan your day. This is a golden tip snatched from a devotional by Proverbs 31 Ministries. If you’re the type of person who likes to make “to do” lists—very much like me—this is a great time to send up a prayer. As you are planning out your day (or your week), ask God what goals He has for you. You can just ask, “Lord, what are your plans for me today? What do you want for me to accomplish?”  He will reveal His plans to you. Just this past Sunday, I was composing my “to do” list for this week. Right before I even wrote anything down, I prayed and asked God what goals He had for me this week. Moments later after clearing my mind, I began writing down tasks! After your list is done, it helps to ask God to help you accomplish those tasks. Ask Him for the strength and the time to complete them.
3.     Use your smart phone. Being that we live in such a technological advanced society, this tips—in my opinion—is one of the smartest (no pun intended for ‘smart’ phone). I know how accustomed we have grown to having our eyes and our hands glued to our mobile devices; why not take advantage of their convenience? I was advised by a close friend of mine to set daily prayer reminders on my iPhone. I thought that was a grand idea. Right now I have four reminders telling me to pray for others, be thankful, and to repent. They always remind me to pray when I get too distracted. Prayer apps also work wonderfully! Especially if you prefer to write your prayers. Try Prayer Notes, Echo Prayer, Prayer Prompter, just to name a few. They also allow you to set prayer reminders. I believe that this tip is ideal for those with busy or fast-paced lifestyles. I hear people say all the time that they are too busy to pray. If you are one of those people, I am here to tell you that there is no such thing. Our prayers don’t always have to be as long as, say, Psalm 119! In fact, God is pleased even with the shortest prayers (as long as they are heartfelt)!
One of my prayer reminders. Super convenient! Photo Credit: ME!

4.     Try to pray when you complain. This is very difficult to do—I have a tough time with it myself—but it is not impossible. There is good in every situation; we just need to ask God to see certain things the way He would want us to. For instance if we complain about having to wake up early every day for work or for class, we could choose to moan about it or we could turn it around and be thankful that we have a job or have an opportunity to learn and better ourselves. So whenever you catch yourself complaining, try and ask God for forgiveness and ask Him to reveal the blessing in the situation.
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5.     Pray while reading the Bible. I do this every day. At times the Bible can be difficult to understand (especially for beginners). Before diving into God’s word, thank Him for this time with Him. Invite Him to be a part of your study time and pray for wisdom and understanding. Ask Him for Godly insight and to help you meditate on His word.
6.     Pray whenever you are alone or have a minute to yourself. Driving alone? In a waiting room? In a shopping line? Take those moments to pray. Pray about anything. These are great moments to thank God for being alive and getting you through your day. Whatever is on your heart at these moments, share it with Him.
7.     Pray for others. This is one of the greatest expressions of love as a child of God. Pray for those far and near. Pray for loved ones and strangers. Pray for any victims you’ve seen on the news. Pray for your coworkers and boss. Pray for your teachers. Pray for the sick and homeless. Pray for those who don’t know God. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
8.     Pray whenever you have difficult decisions. God is our source of wisdom. Whenever we face even the smallest decisions, we should come to Him. No decision is too big or too small for God to handle. Ask Him to lead you to the right choice that will keep you on His righteous path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
9.     Pray when you are happy. Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude! One big mistake that people make, many Christians even, is talking to God only during times of trouble or sorrow. God is to be communicated with and exalted at all times. Of course, there is nothing wrong with praying during times of distress, but that should not be the only time when you pray. Pray when things are going well! In the morning when you get dressed and cook breakfast, thank Him for providing you with clothes to wear and food to eat. Thank Him for the little things. Pray for God to keep showing Himself to you and in the lives of those around you. Say, “thank you Lord” when you are having a good day (and on a bad one too!). Praise Him for His goodness, His faithfulness, His love and His favor.
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10.                        Find a good time to write to God. If you are a morning person, or an evening person, or whatever kind of person you are, use that perfect time to sit down in a private place and write letters to God. This is one of my favorite methods whenever I cannot bring myself to say my prayers—sometimes writing is just easier for me. Writing helps get thoughts together, so keeping a prayer journal (either digital or physical) is a beautiful idea. You can record prayers and how God has responded to your prayers. Having a prayer journal also helps to keep track of answered prayers and is good for when you want to look back on prayers and see how God has intervened!
11.                        Pray when you are afraid or doubting. The antidote to worry is prayer! Lord knows I can be a worry wart and thankfully during those times of fretting, He has taught me to turn to Him at the first sight of worry. Please don’t make prayer your last resort, but your first response. Personally, I experience a sense of peace and hope over my spirit when I give my worries and fears to God. Thankfully, I don’t find myself worrying too much these days. Glory to God!!
12.                        Wake up early; arrive to work or to class early. Before anyone else wakes up or arrives to work or to class, make time for God. He is worth it! But make sure you are well rested because the Lord would really want for you to care for the body that He has given you. I recently started waking up as early as 8am to have time with God by means of prayer, worship, Bible study and a podcast sermon (that is, if it’s Sunday and we could not make it to church) and coffee (I gotta have my coffee!). It’s the perfect way to begin your day.
13.                        Be more dependent on God.  What inspired this one was the story of “The Fall” (Genesis 3) spoken about in the YouVersion reading plan, Christianity is Not What You Think. In short, the reason why God placed the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden and forbade Adam and Eve from eating of it was because God wanted intimacy. He wanted them to completely rely on God for knowledge, wisdom, and decision making. He never wanted man to have such lofty wisdom because if they did, they wouldn’t need God. That’s what God desires today. He wants us to be intimate with Him and come to Him first for guidance and comfort before we go to anyone else. Dependency on God leads to much prayer. For example, I prayed before writing this blog post, during writing, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to pray even after I publish it! Communication with God is golden. There is no such thing as too much prayer!! (John 15:5)
14.                        Repent. Repent whenever you feel convicted. Repent after you know you’ve committed a sin. I personally repent up to five times a day! Serisously! I love being clean in God’s eyes and He knows I’m a neat freak! It is best to repent every night before bed. Sometimes I repent when I wake up. (1 John 1:9)
15.                        Pray before bed. Praise God for getting you through another day. Thank Him for the challenges He has helped you overcome. Again—and I cannot stress this enough—repent of your sins; ask for forgiveness. Give Him any burdens that your day has brought. Ask Him for a well-rested night and to reveal Himself in your dreams. Ask for His protection while you and your loved ones sleep.
Well, there you have it! Below I have listed some references and resources that could definitely aid your prayer life.

**I love reading plans! If you are interested in Bible reading plans on how to strengthen your prayer life, here are the ones I found very helpful:
·        Talking With God In Prayer
·        Pray
·        30 Day Prayer Challenge
**Also you can observe how people in the Bible pray, such as:
·        Jesus
·   Rebekah
·        Job
·        David

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Sola Scriptura Devotional: Dipped in the Spirit

Hello all and welcome to Sola Scriptura Devotionals, my new blog series! I am very excited about this vision that God has given me and I hope and pray that anyone who encounters it will be blessed and enjoy reading these insightful devotionals as much as I enjoy writing them! Today, I will be launching this series with my first devotional, "Dipped in the Spirt," inspired by a YouVersion reading plan "Buckling the Belt of Truth." Enjoy and feel free to comment and subscribe :)

What happens when the flesh is dipped in the Spirit (of God)?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “flesh”? Do you think of something merely physical such as the human body? Or do you think of flesh on a more spiritual level? Do you think of it as something that we battle every day while living to please God?

However we think of the flesh, it is important, as a child of God, to know the Biblical way of looking at flesh.

So what does the Bible say about flesh? How is it defined? Galatians chapter 5 gives an applicable example:

”The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” ~Galatians 5:19-21

Basically, anything that goes against God’s will and His character is an act of the flesh. These acts are called sins. The flesh consists of sinful desires and is rooted in evil and selfish desires. The flesh desires whatever is against the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:17).

One living in sin cannot please God at all (Romans 8:8). How are we delivered from sin? As creations living in flesh, do we deserve grace? Do we deserve Heaven? To be honest, we do not. We don’t deserve such a reward; we all deserve judgment.

What are we without God or His love? Plainly put, we are hopeless without God. We must admit that because we must know just how much we need Him every day, every minute, and every second. Nothing we do alone can give us eternal life. Nothing we do alone can save us from eternal punishment. No matter how much good we do, good works alone will not get us into Heaven. We are dead in our sins. Dead, meaning lifeless, still, not breathing. I know that is a biting reality, but there is eternal hope; there is a way to get life breathed into us.


Imagine this: take human flesh, corrupt and all, and dip it in an oasis of Spirit water (that is, the Holy Spirit!). Being dipped into that spirit water washes off all impurities of the flesh and purifies it from the inside out. It is a new creation.

That is just what Jesus did for us. He knows that we are not good enough by ourselves to inherit His kingdom—eternal life. He came down from His heavenly throne, was sin for all of us, and took the punishment we all deserved on the cross to not only fulfill the law, but for us to get salvation and inherit eternal life. He saved us!

When we get saved, Jesus comes into our hearts and purifies us from the inside (like the flesh in the oasis). He transforms our hearts and minds and molds us to be more and more like Him.

After getting saved, God’s word says that we are no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6:6, 8:2). There is no more guilt and no more condemnation. We are free from death! We are forgiven!

Also after being saved and adopted into God’s holy family (Ephesians 1:5), we can protect ourselves from the penetrations of this world. This world and these days are evil and God gives us an amazing way to protect ourselves: putting on the spiritual armor.

“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. 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.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,” ~Ephesians 6:10-19

With this armor, we can stand strong in our faith with God, block the enemy’s fiery darts, and endure these evil days that God says we’re going to have.

Finally, upon receiving salvation, we should know what God’s word says about us. We see this especially in Ephesians 1:3-14:

  • Spiritually blessed
  • Chosen
  • Holy/blameless (purified with the blood of Christ)
  • Adopted children of Jesus
  • Accepted in Him (even if the world doesn't accept you, know that Jesus DOES [that is the most important acceptance of all])
  • Redeemed
  • Forgiven
  • SEALED with the Holy Spirit

Amazing. Just amazing! Because Because of the love—I repeat, LOVE—of Christ, we can be saved from the snare of death, the trenches of the enemy, and gain everlasting life. It’s His power that transforms us. We are new creations in Him in Jesus name. We are renewed inside, outside, and eternally.

Helpful Verses:

Romans 8:8- “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Romans 6:6- “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Romans 8:2- “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Ephesians 1:5- “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

Ephesians 1:3-14- “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

2 Corinthians 5:17- “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

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