Waging War On Strongholds Part 1 — Encouragement for the Battered Soul|| Front Porch Truths

I have been doing the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer for 7 weeks or so. I waver between liking it & feeling empowered by it & being frustrated with it. But regardless of my feelings toward it, I cannot deny the effect & power it has had in my life. God knew what He was doing (duh), when He put me on the launch team for the study. It came into my life right when I needed it & was ready to hear what it had taught. 

This morning, as I sat in my front porch waiting for the tree removal guys to show up (more on that in part 2), I dug into day 3 of week 6. There was so much in this particular day, I can’t even begin to tell you about it all, but one part in particular stuck out. She talks about the lies we allow Satan to speak to us- unworthy, unloved, incapable, undesirable, unforgivable, unknown, insignificant, being a mistake, losing salvation- & with 20 verses from just one book of HIS word…she had us dispel every single one of them….more than once. I was floored. Right there, I saw the power of His Word. Of the tens, or maybe even hundreds, of thousands of verses in the bible just 20 verses completely & utterly obliterated Satan’s lies. 

Ephesians 1:4-14 & 2:1-10 talk about how we are adopted & made in love (1:5), made alive in Christ (2:5), His spirit is at work within us (2:2), God’s workmanship (2:10), created by Christ (2:10), forgiven of our sins (1:7), saved by grace (2:8), chosen (1:4 & 11), praise of His glory (1:12), raised up & seated next to Christ (2:6), created by Christ (2:10), marked with His seal (1:13), & guaranteed inheritance (1:14).  

So if God can give us that much to fight Satan…20 verses from just 2 chapters of 1 book…. Think of the power He has in our lives?! Satan is loud & intrusive & glorifies himself in the manic moments & chaos & forces himself through doors & windows, speaking lies into our minds & hearts. But God, is found in the quiet moments, He doesn’t force himself into our lives, He patiently waits for is to invite him in. Pray to Him. Read His word. Open the door. Crack the window. Because He will absolutely speak TRUTH into our lives. God is right there waiting for us & He is waiting for Satan because this war for our hearts has only just begun. 


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