Fighting the Good Fight

Good Monday morning, friends!  Thanks for stopping by once again for a little Monday morning motivation. I always enjoy sharing what I’ve learned over the past week with all of you — whether it was a struggle or a strength, I like to build community  by being completely transparent. Sometimes those who look like they have it all together have been at war all week and have the scars to prove it.

I spent my entire weekend fueling up for the week ahead — starting with an early morning bible study meeting on Saturday with a group of facilitators from my church. We began with corporate prayer, and that led to a discussion of session two of our study. After 90 minutes, I was just ready to see the ladies in our group, but before we moved to our small group, we spent another 90 minutes praising the Lord through song, and then we watched a video clip before transitioning to our small group.

Our group is a diverse sisterhood of believers who all share a love of God. Most of us have been together since the last study  about the Holy Spirit, so we have a kinship that other groups may not yet share. There’s love, safety, tears, and laughter in our sisterhood, and those things allow us to be honest about where we are in our walk to be better and do better.

As we walked through this new study on the life of King David, we shared some of our struggles as well as how we deal with them. I paraphrased part of our Pastor’s message from the previous week about the voices that we listen to instead of God’s promises. Pastor Anderson said that he is most vulnerable right after he has preached his best sermon. The enemy doesn’t even give you time to celebrate; he immediately goes on the attack saying things like That message didn’t resonate with anybody or even quoting scripture you hadn’t thought of using for that great message you just preached. Yes, the enemy quotes scripture too. For that reason, we need to be ready for his attempts to kill, steal, and destroy. Thankfully, we have the God of Heaven’s Armies as our Divine Strategist, and he’s everywhere — at the front, in the rear, and all around.

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Is there any promise more comforting than that? Praise God for always keeping his word. He can do all things but fail, and that truth should sustain you even when you’re under attack. As a group, my sisters and I brainstormed ways to counter the enemy when we’re most vulnerable — whether it’s Sunday night or Monday morning, here are five weapons that we all should have in our arsenals:

Weapons of War

  1.  Pray without ceasing. Carve out time each day and all day to talk to God. There is no greater weapon in your arsenal than prayer and the expectation that God will do the rest.
  2. Put on your game face. No one needs to know that you’re suffering. Put on a smile and walk in your purpose.
  3. Schedule “Planned Neglect. Planned Neglect is a time period that you purposely ignore things that prevent you from focusing on God and refueling for what lies ahead.
  4. Intentionally Play Worship Music. Whether you’re in the car, doing laundry, or walking your dogs, be intentional about your praise and worship time.
  5. Take a Break. Sometimes you need a nap in order to refuel; other times you may just need some fresh air, so a quick jog or a brisk walk may just do the trick.

Thank God Almighty that we don’t ever have to navigate this world alone. He sends us help each day to encourage us and to strengthen us. Make a point of noticing these special friendships. They’re a gift. Also, what are some tools in your arsenal that you use to fight the enemy? Scroll down and join me in the comments. The more tools we have, the better equipped we will be to fight the good fight.

Before you leave, turn up the volume and listen to my Music Monday selection by Zach Williams entitled Chain Breaker.  May blessings abound! ❤