"For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12).
We are in a battle every day. Some days, we are more aware of the battle than others, but we are always in a battle. It's a spiritual battle. And though the free will of human beings may be involved, though sickness and disease, discouragement and doubt, financial worry and lack may be involved, the heart of the battle is in the spiritual realm behind these things. According to Your Word, these are "spiritual forces of evil" that battle against us.
But the enemy of our souls is defeated by the victory of Your cross. And every day, You call us to battle from the place of Your victory, as we abide in Christ and Christ abides in us. You are our armor, as we embrace the covering and protection of Your name and Your nature: "Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm" (v. 6:13).
We can't win or even begin to fight these battles in our own power or wisdom. But as we stand firm in You and allow You to stand firm in us, we will overcome in Your power and wisdom: "Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet, put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times ..." (v. 6:14-18).
Lord Jesus, You are our Truth, our Righteousness, our Peace, our Faith, our Salvation. You fill us and empower us with Your Spirit, as we are clothed with Christ in Your power from on high (Galatians 3:27). You're all we need to overcome the enemy of our souls in every battle we'll face. "No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors though Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:37-39).
Though the battles may rage and the fighting may be intense, our victory is assured in the overwhelming power of Your mighty love for us and Your abiding Presence always with us. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friends, the Holy Spirit moved mightily among us during the teaching and equipping for Healing Prayer Ministry at Covenant United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas these past two nights. Thank you for your prayers! Pastor Val Sansing and the prayer leaders have invited us to come teach our Four-Day School of Ministry here in Austin in the near future, for more in depth teaching and equipping. Please check our calendar and come join us if you're able to join us!
If you are in the Tulsa / Claremore, Oklahoma area, please come join us later this week. June 28-29 at the Claremore House of Prayer and a healing service at the First United Methodist Church. Please pray for us and come join us when you can! Upcoming Messiah Ministries Events with Tommy & Sylvia Hays
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