We’re barely out of September and the Christmas decorations are on display in the stores. There’s no denying it: the holidays are coming! Before I find myself knee deep in wrapping paper, shopping and baking, I thought it might be a good idea to stop and consider some tactics for the potentially overwhelming holiday season.
I know many people who find October to be a challenging month. Spiritual battle seems to ramp up more than usual. I heard a great quote recently that said, “Prayer is a war time walkie talkie!” We are in a battle and we need tactics against the enemy. Prayer is an invaluable weapon - it is our direct line to the One who will lead us into victory. Does that mean we won’t experience suffering? It does not. However, our suffering can be a powerful platform to share Jesus - it can actually affirm our faith and cause others reflect on what got us through that challenge. In doing so they’ll discover it was Jesus.
Prayer prepares and softens our hearts as we spend time with challenging family members over the holidays. Prayer change my heart attitude. Jesus gives me the gift of seeing others with compassion and empathy rather than irritability and judgement. A supernatural work for sure!
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:10-18, NLT
***Please be in prayer for the guys who are at the Cold Springs Guys retreat this weekend.
***And don't forget about the Break Free Run this Saturday.