Month: February 2020

The Battle Has Already Been Won

1 Peter 5:6-7
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.

Written by: Ian Rock

We can invest endless amounts of money on things to protect our bodies, homes, cars, and electronics. Technological advances, coupled with increased accessibility of security products, have made safeguarding our lives a breeze. However, no matter how big our guard dog or smart our security system, there’s still a battle that can rage within each of us.

Our minds serve as the frontline of the battles we face each day. Decisions are made, emotions are felt, and attitudes are chosen. Even when the noise of the day quiets down, whether at night or in a moment alone, our minds still race at a breakneck speed. Fear, anxiety, the need to be busy, and our identity can keep us all up at night. The majority of issues we spend our time worrying about all boil down to our need for control. Whether it’s controlling somebody’s perception of us, an outcome of a problem, plans for the future, or a burden we feel for those we care about—most of our worries center around what we can do to fix or resolve an issue.

The helmet of salvation points to the hope that we have in the truth that Jesus has already won the battle on our behalf. When we couldn’t work our way to God, Jesus worked His way to us. In the same way, worry is all about us trying to work our way to peace. The helmet of salvation can simply remind us that peace is already offered to us—it’s just a matter of if we choose to trust God with the results. After all, trusting in God’s salvation is believing that we’re already victorious.

Fight-Day5Thought of the day: What’s something you’ve been worrying about lately that you can surrender to God? What would it look like to live in the peace that God is already offering you?

Prayer: God, thank You for doing the work of salvation in my life. Thank you for your Son and the new life He came to bring me. Allow me to live knowing the battle has already been won, regardless of what I might be facing each day.

Perspective Matters

James 1:2-4
Count it all joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Written by: Justin Martz

Perspective is crucial. Using perspective, a good photographer can make something that is small look big or something that is big look small. If our perspective of the various trials and problems we face isn’t accompanied by our perspective of God, who loves us more than we can imagine, then we will find ourselves struggling when various trials come our way.

We know trials will come and our faith will be tested. Jesus even told His disciples that in this world we will have trials, but to take heart because He has overcome the world. When we face trials with the right perspective, we are able to mature into something that is perfect and complete. These words don’t mean we are perfect. They mean we can become more like Jesus and develop into who we were intended to become.

Jesus has done the work we could not do and has overcome the world so we may be a part of His kingdom and rest in His presence. This is the perspective Jesus had toward God the Father. He trusted the Father through His trials and looked past them to the joy that would come after.

Just as Jesus did, we should rest in the presence of God knowing there is greater joy on the other side. Let’s become who God intended us to be and learn to trust and lean on His presence and Love.

Fight-Day4Thought of the day: We read in Matthew that Jesus said to all who labor and are heavy laden to come to Him and He will give them rest. What areas in your life are heavy? What trials are you facing that you need to bring to Jesus to experience rest?

Prayer: God, as I face trials in my life, please help me to have the right perspective. Help me to come to You with the heaviness of life, knowing You will make it light. Help me to move through trials resting in Your presence and Your love knowing there is joy in the future hope of our salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

A New Way of Thinking

Romans 12:2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Written by: James Washburn

One of the toughest battles we face is the battle of the mind. The mind is a powerful tool that needs to be transformed. It can be by following Jesus.

One definition of transformation is a “thorough change.” That is what Jesus offers to us when it comes to our minds: a new way of changed thinking.

In today’s scripture from Romans, we see that once thinking begins to change, “then you will learn to know God’s will for you.” Once we have a new way of thinking, we can begin to experience a new way of living to clearly understand God’s will for our lives. It’s important to pay close attention to the thoughts that flood our minds because they will directly influence our actions and the rest of what we do. Moods, energy, words, attitudes, and actions are all connected to our minds.

Our enemy Satan will always try to invade our minds, so we must be ready! Our helmet of salvation will give us confidence and help protect our minds from the negativity and darkness Satan wants to use against us.

Fight-Day3Thought of the day: Start your day off by thinking on and reflecting on positive and healthy things, preferably on God’s Word. Philippians 4:8 says: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Prayer: Jesus, renew, transform, and change my mind to be more like You. Remove those thoughts that are negative by the power of Your Holy Spirit and help me to put on my helmet of salvation every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Unqualified is a False Mindset

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Written by: Courtney Flocken

Do you ever feel tired of seeing loved ones downcast, robbed, distracted, settling, and ultimately discouraged, unfulfilled, and perplexed by what God wants for their lives? I have some awesome, mighty friends who love Jesus. But in the spiritual realm, they have come into agreement with a liar, a defeated enemy who uses every tool to keep them from living out their God-ordained purpose. “Unqualified” is a false mindset intended to keep you on the sidelines of your faith. Let’s remind the enemy who we serve: the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the Creator. He’s an all-present, all-powerful, and all-knowing Savior.

God flipped the script by choosing to use the “unqualified” to work out His plan. David, a small boy, defeated a mighty giant. Moses stuttered. Abraham and Sarah became parents in their old age. Daniel survived a lion. Jonah, a man on the run from God’s plan, lived on through his testimony in the belly of a fish! So wherever you are in your walk, God can use you… but so can the enemy. It’s up to you to fight! Do not give one more day to an enemy who came to steal, kill, and destroy everything in your life. Instead, take up your cross in every area of life in which you are gifted, purposed, and passionate to see how God can use you. If you are stuck, start with loving God and loving people.

Fight-Day2Thought of the day: You aren’t powerful enough to mess up what God has planned.

Prayer: Thank You, God, for choosing to use me not in my perfection, but in Your perfection. Help me to uncover the passions in my life. God, give me courage and boldness to armor up and charge the gates of Hell to redirect traffic by the power of my testimony! Deliver me from anything holding me back from walking more fully with you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Truth over Trouble

John 16:33 NIV
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Written by: Jesse Flocken

Truth is powerful, but sometimes it is easy to let discouragement fill my heart and mind. I must actively replace those thoughts with the truth of the Bible. Jesus says that there will be trouble in this world. In those tough moments or seasons, we can have peace knowing that Jesus has already overcome the world. The times that I am the most discouraged are when I start to believe the lies of the enemy rather than listening to what Jesus actually says about me. I am a child of God and He is for me, not against me.

Fight-Day1Thought of the day: What trouble in your life are you experiencing? What lie are you believing that is causing you to be discouraged? In today’s passage, Jesus says that He has already overcome the world. You can have peace by believing in your mind and heart in truth over trouble.

Prayer: Jesus, I pray for protection over my thoughts. Help me replace the lies and discouragement I face with the truth of who You are and what You believe about me. Jesus, help me to live in such a way that others can’t help but see You. Amen.