I once heard a story of Mike Tyson, a professional boxer. Before every fight his trainer use to tell him "your looking good, I believe in you!!"
Mike, because of his trainers encouragement, won every fight.
Are you in a struggle or a fight?
God believes in you and has equipped you with all you need to fight. The Devil is in the corner of the ring and we have to keep fighting!! Brother, Sister, The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 "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.
Satan does not want you to be successful or God focused! He wants to rob you from your salvation. He wants your full attention!! I write this knowing the battle, going through a battle to fight for my Salvation and family.
I know I have to use the tools God has given me to fight against the enemy!
Ephesians 6:13-17 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.
We are equip for the fight! We are only strong through Christ. He is the one who equipped us with this armor.
We have to live in the truth!
Imagine Brother or Sister if you're wearing a belt around your waist to hold up your pants or skirt and your belt broke. You would be embarrassed or ashamed. That is what the devil wants. To remove your belt of truth and make you ashamed. To replace that belt for his lies!! He is the father of lies.
We have to be accountable through our battles. It defeats
his tactics. He wants us to be ashamed and live in his lies and deceit.
The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
That's accountability and Satan hates it. It is hard because we may feel a fear of rejection or thoughts that "If I tell them my struggles or sin they will distant themselves from me" but know those are lies of the devil! Don't fall into that web of lies. If we're confessing our sins we are being accountable. Maybe we had a drink, smoked, gossiped, lied, or were deceitful taking drugs but remember Brothers and Sisters when we are accountable to confess our sins not only will we receiving forgiveness from our Father God but we defy and push back the powers of darkness!!
When we're struggling with sin or trials, battles if we're truly honest we don't want to be around people. We isolate our or want to be on our own because we're afraid to have fellowship in case people may see through us to our sin or trials, these battles. When we're transparent and confess our weakness we're able to have fellowship with one another.
In 1 John 1: 5-7 we read, "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."
Verse 7 tells this "We are able to have fellowship with one another IF we WALK IN THE LIGHT!!"
We need to be on the front foot ready to be accountable. If we stay isolated we are more easily attacked.
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Lions attack prey that are on their own. They will never attack groups of prey. They wait until they see an animal on its own isolated then attack. EXACTLY LIKE SATAN.
When we're together we're strong. When we're alone we are weak. We don't need to fight alone! We have each other and even more than that we have a Supernatural Powerful Victorious God who is on our side and has equipped us with what we need!
When God fills us with His Holy Spirit and we receive the gift of tongues it strengthens our spirit. Spiritually we have to be strong.
1 Corinthians 14:4 "The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church."
Brothers and Sisters lets fight through the struggles and trials together. Let's be transparent and authentic. A beautiful quote from a Brennan Manning says this. "It's better to be naked in truth than clothed in fantasy."
We have the victory in Jesus' name. NEVER give up. If Jesus said to the father "I'm Not Going to the cross for these people" then we wouldn't have life or a future in Christ. He took the 36 lashes. He took the Nails through His wrists and thorns on His head for ME and YOU. Jesus knew what our sin was. He knew our weaknesses, our trials, our Battles, and more before He went to the cross.
If you're struggling with sin or any battle right now find a friend to pray with you. Be transparent.
If you're not a christian and want to break out of whatever your trapped in pray this prayer, "Father I come to you an unclean sinner and know that through Jesus there is life. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. I want to be clean and live a good life through Jesus. Jesus I invite you into my heart. Forgive me for my sins. I accept you as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus name. Amen
Let's stand together in the victory of Christ, united, and reclaim what Satan may have stolen! Let's regain the ground he took and be God's Man/Woman. In Jesus name!!
God believes in you. He looks into your eyes and says "I Believe in you, your My child and your Fit for the fight your looking good"
In Jesus Name!!