God's Word for Me Today: The Battle is On

Life is finally starting to calm back down and get back to a new normal. Not too long ago I was in a situation where my life felt turned completely upside down. I was hurt, tired, and burned out in way I never thought was possible. For a long time the things that were said to me and about me replayed in my mind like a bad song on repeat. Discouragement filled my mind and it slowly seeped into my heart. I questioned God’s plan and wondered if He really did have a purpose for me after all.

For a good year or so the days were like roller coaster rides (and I don’t like roller coasters). Some days started off fine, but my mind would take me to places I didn’t want to go. I replayed conversations in my mind, wondering if I could or should have done anything differently. The more I let my mind wander, the more anxious and angry I became. I doubted myself and the God who made me His child. At times, it felt like God had let me down. He had disappointed me.

And the battle for me was on.

It’s Christ vs. the devil in a battle for my thoughts and attention. It’s spiritual warfare and I need to be prepared to fight every day. The problem is, I’m a pretty pathetic warrior. I’m small and weak. I let myself get discouraged and disappointed. I let the enemy into my head quite literally, which doesn’t leave much room for my Leader to give me the direction that will save my life.

The Apostle Paul knew spiritual warfare all too well. He didn’t only struggle with his internal thoughts, he was physically in the fight, too. He wrote about the armor God gives us to fight these spiritual battles, and today the helmet stands out to me. God gives us the “helmet of salvation” for protection against the enemy’s destructive mind games. This invisible helmet is the direction that will help us win the battle and will save our lives for eternity.

A helmet exists to protect your head from injury, and the spiritual helmet of salvation is no different. It’s there to protect our minds from the injury of the enemy when he comes to attack with his lies and misdirection. The helmet reminds us of the promises God makes and keeps. The helmet brings to mind that we are children of the Almighty King, God himself, and nothing and no one can take us away from Him. The helmet keeps us from getting discouraged in the fight. The helmet gives us the courage to push out the thoughts our enemy would have us believe, and it makes room for the truth that makes us alive in Christ.

Maybe you’re in the middle of a battle right now. Maybe doubt, fear and discouragement has found its way into your mind and it’s slowly taking over your thoughts. If that’s true for you, my friend, you are not alone. I’ve been there, too. And your Leader God is right there with you right now. Here are a few reminders for you today as you face your battle with your helmet of salvation…

Be strong and courageous – I am with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
I have called you by name – you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
Surely I am with you always. (Matthew 28:20)

And that’s just a few. When the devil tries to take over your thoughts with discouragement, discontentment, and disappointment, take it to God in prayer, knowing that you have a God who loves you. God forgives you. God will fight for you – He already fought for you to the death of His Son. Remember His promises to you. You have His helmet of salvation to protect you in the fight. With God on your side you can be ready for battle today.

Scripture Reading:  

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” Ephesians 6:16-18
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