Protected by the Word
"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Ephesians 6:17
Often as I prepare for an Emmaus Walk, Christian concert or speaking engagement, I find myself attacked by hatred and evil from the devil. Unseen forces seem to place obstacles in my way, put feeling and thoughts of unworthiness within me and invade my sleep with nightmares.
It is at these times that I find myself drawn to The Word, desperate for protection and strength. I wrap myself tightly in The Word, daring the enemy to attack; knowing God will protect me.
If I don’t protect myself within The Word, the devil gains a foothold in my life; free to do as he pleases, free to attack at will.
We know from scripture that when we immerse ourselves in The Word, that the truth shall set us free. (John 8:32) God has never left my side. Deep down I still knew that only He held the power to release me from this oppression.
God continues to open my spiritual eyes to pay attention whether I am using the right weapons to fight this battle. His Sword (His Word) was what I needed to deliver me from the oppression, just as today's verse explains.
Victory can only be found by spending time with Jesus and choosing The Word as our weapon - not only against life but also against the enemy who wants to steal our hearts.
God never leaves us to fight battles alone. His Word tells us many times that the battle is His, but we must choose to wrap ourselves in His promises and believe that He's our Protector who will fight to the death for His children.