Benjamin Franklin said that nothing could be certain in life, except death and taxes.
As women of faith, we know there are more than two things that are certain in life. And when you choose to live in the certainty of God’s truth and calling on your life, you can be certain that you will face opposition. As a believer, you are already in the war, but you get to choose how you will fight each battle you face.
The opposition does not come in the form of your co-worker or boss, or spouse for that matter. The opposition is spiritual.
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NLT)
You only have one enemy. The enemy of your soul. And the enemy of your soul is not happy when you step out of your comfort zone, out of complacency, and into the fray.
The enemy of your soul wants you to go to work everyday thinking, “this is just a job.”
The enemy of your soul wants you to separate the secular and the spiritual.
The enemy of your soul will try to discourage and frighten you to back down and bow out.
But you must stand. Stand firm. Stand firm, armed for battle.
“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”
STAND FIRM-You are like a lighthouse in your workplace, maybe the only light around to keep people from stumbling around in the darkness. You were placed there on purpose. You were placed to stand against the tide and the storms, to continue shining and warning all who travel by. So stand firm.
ARMED FOR BATTLE- No one would even think of entering a battle without the proper attire. Yet how many days do we leave home and enter our workplace calling, and the battleground, without being armed for the battle? There have been days when I spend more time doing my hair than preparing for the spiritual battle that lays ahead of me, only to be blind-sided by an enemy attack, and retreat back home feeling worn out and discouraged.
Let’s get ready to rumble!
“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:13-18 NLT)
Belt-Truth (God’s truth, not the world’s, not your own)
Body Armor: God’s righteousness-(because your own righteousness is like a filthy rag)
Shoes of Peace from the Good News-(the GREAT news of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice brings peace wherever you walk)
Shield of Faith-(your belief in God’s goodness and love towards you will put out the fiery arrows that seek to pierce your heart with doubt.)
Helmet-your own salvation (you belong to God now and nothing you say, or do or think can change that.)
Sword of the Spirit-the Word- God’s word (Your only offensive weapon against the opposition -See Matthew 4)
Now that you are dressed and ready to go, remember that you are not alone.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
God said these words to Joshua right before he entered the Promised Land where he would face multiple battles.
Your battles have purpose. They are victories over the enemy, and they are tools to make you a better and stronger warrior. They are, in fact, a good thing.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4 NLT)
As you get ready to embark on a new day: stand firm, arm yourself, and fight the good fight.