20 August 2009

Spiritual Battle

Warriors Needed!

Wanted: Strong women of the faith to stand firm and assist those who work for God's kingdom.

Job Description: Pray without ceasing; call down angels of protection; grow up hedges to shield workers from the view of demons. Intercede for the safety and peace of those who serve the Lord and strive to tell others about His love and power.

Compensation: No tangible pay in this world. Crowns and mansion in next.

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Ladies, I had a terrible weekend. Let me back it up a little: on Wednesday I began writing a book based on my time in the valley when my husband and I were separated. I sent out an email to the Titus 2 ladies in my life who supported me at that time. Looking back I see that my crummy weekend started with that email. I was a terrible wife all weekend. I heard lies to the effect of: If you're a wife like this, who are you to tell anyone else anything? You have no right to tell anyone how to do this! You're a failure and a joke. You don't know anything.

I heard sinful ideas, and I followed them. I was discouraging and rude; I confess it was as if I had never even met the Holy Spirit. I was crumbling after a few days of this... I hadn't been on an emotional rollercoaster like that since last November! I think it was a spiritual attack. I know that the devil doesn't want any marriage to survive; I know he hates the Lord; I know he despises the glory due to God. Well, I am writing this book to do exactly that: to glorify God. To show women what hoping in the Lord's sovereignity looked like for me. To give them a resource. I don't think the devil would like for any of those things to happen.

So when you think of me, I would appreciate any prayers you could send up on my behalf. Thanks!

Ephesians 6: 10-20 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

John 8:44 ...there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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