Taking the Rival Down with Faith!

Day 2 – Find the Rival.  Bring him down!

How do you bring down a rival?  By being stronger, smarter and more prepared.

Putting on the Armor of God, found in Ephesians 6:10-20, is a great way to combat the rival.

But Satan, our rival is strong and sneaky.  He is locked and loaded with flaming arrows ready to send our way at any given time.  He waits until we have our guard down, aims and fires.

I did a little research on what a shield could have been made of in Bible times.

According to www.gotquestions.org, a Roman shield of Bible times was as large as a door and could cover the warrior entirely.  Because it was so large, a number of opponents could gather together and actually form an enclosure around themselves that was helpful to protect against arrows that were launched at them.

Shields were often made of wood and covered in leather and soaked with water because when the leather on the shield was wet, it could extinguish flaming, fiery arrows.

Shields were obviously very important to soldiers and provided great protection.  In Roman culture, shields were often painted with identifying marks.  When a Christian today takes up the shield of faith, we paint our own identifying mark as a soldier who marches in God’s army.

Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see (Hebrews 11:1).  It means we trust in the Lord to handle our situations even when we don’t know what’s on the other side.  ESPECIALLY when we don’t know what’s on the other side.  Faith is an action word.  You do it, without knowing what’s on the other side.

Having faith is the protective shield between us and the Rival.  When we believe God and trust Him to do what’s best without knowing the outcome, we are holding that shield of faith.

Bring it on Rival, cause your flamin’ arrows are goin’ down!

 

Who’s The Rival?

It’s only a commercial.  But it’s a powerful one.

At least to me.

It stars Houston Texan’s Defensive End, JJ Watt.  It’s a Gatorade® commercial.  In it, JJ says “Find a rival.  Someone committed to taking you down.”

He’s talking to athletes and encouraging them to work hard to beat the rival.  To do everything in their power to win this battle of competition.

I say, Satan is our rival.

Satan is committed to taking us down.  We have to work hard to win this battle.  We have to stay committed.  We need to grit our teeth and stay the course.  We need to do the work to be prepared for battle.

In Ephesians 6:10-20, Paul talks about the Armor of God.  These verses are the secret to fighting the rival; to staying on course; to doing the work to be ready for battle.

We need the Sword of the Spirit which is God’s word.  We need to be reading the Bible every single day.  We need to do more than just a verse here or there.  We need to be studying it.  We need to find out how to use this valuable book of instructions so that we can get stronger than our rival.  So we can be prepared to fight AND WIN this battle against the devil.

Each day this week, we will look at one more piece of armor to fight this rival.

JJ Watt says “That rival that wants to take you down is gonna make you raise your game even higher.”

Our rival, Satan, wants to take us down.  But that should make us raise our game even higher.  That should make us dig into God’s word even deeper.  He won’t win this battle.  We are using God’s Word to get stronger and stronger.

Rival….you’re going down!

This Is The Way. Walk In It.

Noise.
Lots of it.
TV. Traffic. Chatter. Social media. Friends. Radio. Video Games. Kids. Adults. Life.

A lot of things are clammering for our attention these days. There is noise everywhere. So much we can’t take it on a lot of days. We need to stop. Listen. Sort.

Sort out the good noise from the bad noise. The good voice from the bad voice. The right way from the wrong way. God’s voice from the evil voice.

Take time to stop and sort. Don’t follow footsteps just because they are already there. Be sure it’s the path God is leading you and not the noise of something else.

How do we know? Ask God. Then listen. Be still. And really listen. He will lead you. It may be tough but following the footsteps of Christ will lead you to eternity with Him.

Following the footsteps of noise of the world will lead to destruction.

Stop. Pray. Listen. And seek His footsteps.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying “This is the way; walk in it.”” Isaiah 30:21. Isaiah was telling God’s people that the world will try to have you follow idols but listen because God will lead you the proper way. Just ask Him to lead you in His way. Whether it’s to the right or to the left, His footsteps are always the “right way”.

Junk Out. Joy In.
Noise Out. God’s Voice In.

It’s A Brand New Day!

I heard it said that when you wake up you have two ways to greet the day.

A) Good morning, Lord!❤️
B) Good Lord, it’s morning!😳

It made me laugh when I heard it but it really stuck with me. We do have two choices and whether we say those words, say other words or speak no words at all, it’s a mindset that we start our day with that carries throughout the next 24 hours.

It’s a positive attitude or a negative attitude. It’s finding the good in things or focusing on the negative. It’s saying, “God I trust you no matter what” or “why does everything go wrong for me.”

It’s faith or fault.

I want to choose faith.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not always easy. I dwell on a matter. Give it to God. Pick it right back up. Give it back and on and on. I lay it down at the cross and truly trust Him to take care of it. But then when He’s not moving fast enough or I don’t see change or improvement, I go grab it back and start the worry all over again.

I hope as Christians we remember who is in charge but as humans it’s a given that we will fail to remember. We will fail to trust. We will fail to see God in the details. But we can also ask Him for forgiveness (and we have to do that day after day) and start improving our attitude, start improving our trust and start improving our faith.

It’s never too late to ask God to forgive you and start over with Him as your guide for the day.

So let’s start today out right…together. Are you ready?

Good morning, Lord! 🌞