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Preparing for Battle

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Truth Sets us FreeLife is a constant battle. Each day we may be up against some kind of adversity. The good news is God doesn’t just leave us to fight our battles on our own. In fact, the final battle has already been won through the death and resurrection of Christ. But this doesn’t mean that now we can just do whatever we want. Yes, Jesus gave us victory, but we are still called to serve Him. We are called to fight! (see Ephesians 6:10-13) And God does not expect us to go out onto the battlefield without a weapon. If we are defenseless what help is that in fighting for His Kingdom? God gives us weapons. It’s up to us to use them.

How did Jesus defeat Satan? He defeated Satan with the Truth. I am referring to the passage in Luke 4:1-13 where Satan is tempting Jesus. Jesus used the Word of God to defend Himself against those attacks. For every lie Satan threw at Jesus, Jesus defeated it with Truth from God’s Word.

 

How did Jesus win? – Using the Word of God

What is in the Word of God? – Love

What does love do? – Casts out all fear

Who causes fear? – Satan

Who defeats Satan? – JESUS

 

When we abide in God’s Word we will know the Truth, and the Truth will set us free (see John 8:31-32). In Christ, through the Word of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit we can break every chain the devil has against us!

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Author: ElyseAnn

I believe part of my calling is to passionately serve, comfort, and encourage others faithfully with pure humility and honest compassion to help them realize the never-ending love and true value God has for them. I want to reach out to the ones who are afraid, lost, lonely, and hurting with the unconditional love of God. I want to empathize with their struggles, and I just want to show them the healing love Jesus has for those with damaged emotions. I haven’t quite discovered what my purpose is, as in what I will actually do with my life once I finish school as far as what career to get into or anything, but I do know that if I walk by faith and not by sight, God will guide me where He wants me to be.... it’s so easy to say that, now I just wish I would actually trust that it’s going to happen… A bit about what I do is I enjoy reading and studying the Bible, doing devotionals, jotting down stuff in my prayer journal, hanging out with my awesome family and friends, being involved in small groups, writing encouraging notes to people, running, and playing tennis! My goal is to finish strong in this race called life, making a difference for Christ and living out the life He has called me to live, by loving God with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind, and loving others with the same love God has for me. My life is a continual work in progress, and I will continue to make a lot of mistakes. My hope is that I would learn from my past and press on, knowing that in my weaknesses, Christ is strong. I do not want my life to be centered on what I cannot do. I want my life centered on how God can use me the way I am - struggles, insecurities, failures, and all - and how that can be used to glorify Him! My hope is to inspire a few others to realize their place in this world and see their true identity in Christ!

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