Last summer, I did the Priscilla Shirer study Armor of God. I posted Part 1 last year & for some reason I never posted part 2. So since this is a topic that never goes out of style, I thought I would also bring this up from the archives.
In this post I shared a portion of my take away from Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God Study. There was so much I took away from one particular lesson that I had to break it up into two pieces. Normally #frontporchtruths, can be found daily on my Instagram feed, but for this I had to move it over to here because there was more than I could post there. This week I want to continue those thoughts….
We had 8 trees removed from our backyard last summer. I reluctantly agreed to lose all but one of our trees. It had been something my husband has wanted for years, but it wasn’t until last summer, in the middle of a bright, sunny, non-windy day a tree branch the size of our shed fell out of the tree & into our backyard. My husband & son were outside in our neighbor’s yard. They could have been in our yard & that branch could have easily killed either one of them. After that I said they all had to go.
While I waited for tree people to come, I read about 3 steps for waging war on strongholds in our lives. Day 3 of Week 6 in Armor of God. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 & Romans 12:2 allow us to outline a battle plan for fighting against things that grip us.
Step 1: Identify the toxic thought patterns you’ve been nursing & recognize them for what they are
Step 2: Confess errant tought processes to God & agree with Him about your responsibility in helping to construct these strongholds in your life.
Step 3: Dismantle the stronghold by taking your thoughts captive, then renewing your perspective & understanding through the concentrated, deliberate applying of God’s truth.
So here’s the thing, Satan is not your friend. He is toxic in your life & has only one purpose here on earth…to kill, steal, & destroy (John 10:10). He wiggles his way into our thoughts & our feelings by manipulating & lying to us. He makes us questions ourselves & our decisions. He makes us feel unworthy, unloved, unable, too much, not enough. He wreaks havoc in our lives a little at a time. But here is the kicker…we not only let him….we help him.
By feeding into these thoughts that you, God’s child, are not worthy, loved, able, enough, we help satan build walls in our lives, fortresses that keeps God’s whispers out. So the 3 steps above are exactly what we need to do to bust apart & dismantle these strong holds. The only thing that beats satan at his game is the truth. Not just any truth, but THE truth. God’s truth.
- Identify the toxic thought patters
- Confess your role in the though patterns. Nobody forced those thoughts on you so take responsibility for what you are allowing yourself to believe.
- Dismantle the lies by focusing on God & what he thinks of you…you are his kid
Satan has an odd way of working himself into our lives. Before we even realize it, there he is wrecking havoc & inserting himself into situations we don’t even recognize. Last week I wrote about all the chips dropping at the same time– those times can be God developing us to tackle what is next; because He sees everything that happens & he knows what we will have to face next, like Job (Job chapter 1-3), he will allow hardship into our lives. There are also times when we invite the struggle in by straying from God & not maintaining that relationship with him. Like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), when we walk away & don’t retain that relationship, we don’t get that same level of protection. Not to say that God won’t continue to protect us & look after us, but when we make the decision to walk away it is those consequences that we will have to deal with.