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Thursday, August 18, 2022

God's Power Working in You

 

 

During the last few devotionals, we have looked at how to stand believing for God’s promises by putting on each piece of God’s armor. The armor is necessary to win against the deceiver. Knowing what the armor is and activating it in our lives, guards the abundant life we have in Christ (John 10:10)..

 

It is God’s righteousness that empowers us to arm ourselves. But God doesn’t dress us. We allow His power to dress us for victory. Do you want abundant life? You have to stand and fight the good fight of faith.

 

To fight the good fight of faith, you have to deliberately choose to activate the armor of God. The Word of God is your Truth to stand praying and believing for God’s promises. The righteousness that Christ has given you guards your heart against the enemy’s lies and gives you the authority to crush his tactics. When you allow the gospel of peace to claim your mind and heart, faith rises from within to shield you against the fiery darts of the wicked one. The helmet of salvation guards your mind against the lies of the enemy. The sword of the Spirit—the spoken Word of God—is your weapon to declare Truth and defeat the enemy who comes to steal, kill, and destroy the abundant life Jesus has for you (Ephesians 6:10-18).

 

Notice that the first piece of armor is the Truth of the Word and the last piece is the spoken Word of God. The Word is absolute Truth, and when it is spoken, it has the power to crush strongholds and bring forth life. All the other pieces of armor help you to stand strong and speak the Truth of God’s Word with His authority. And when you put on all the armor and speak the Word of God, you defeat the enemy.

 

You fight against the enemy—not people (Ephesians 6:12). He comes against your faith and brings the battle to your mind. You will face discouragement very quickly if you aren’t equipped to fight your battle. When you start to believe God for something, that is when your battle begins. You don’t just stand against the enemy one time. You stand against him again and again and again. Standing builds your faith to receive the promises of God. When you set your mind on the things of the Spirit, you have life and peace (Romans 8:5-6).

 

God’s Word overcomes everything. No weapon shall prevail against it. You shall condemn anything that comes against His Truth in your life. This is your heritage—your inheritance in Christ Jesus. You are the righteousness of God in Him (Isaiah 54:17, 2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

When you look at yourself through your own eyes, it is hard to see Christ’s righteousness. You only see the imperfection of your humanness. But when you keep looking into your heart with the Truth of the righteousness He has given you, things change. His breastplate of righteousness guards you. Stay focused on who Christ has made you, and rebuke the lies of the enemy. 

 

You fight the good fight of faith when you forgive as Christ has forgiven you. When you are living in God’s peace, you are standing on His Truth that you are at peace with Him and with yourself and with others. You believe your worthiness in Christ and that you are forgiven, and you forgive others as Christ has forgiven you.

 

For the shield of faith to be effective, you must be convinced that the faith Christ has given you will quench the fiery darts aimed at your mind and heart by the wicked one. Each one of us has a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Faith in Christ will make you an overcomer (1 John 5:4). Hang on to your faith. When you are in a battle, your faith is what is tested. The enemy tries to make you give up on your faith and what you believe. He wants you to say “believing and praying for my promise doesn’t work for me.” But faith does work for you!

 

When you fight the good fight of faith, you put the Truth of your salvation on like a helmet to protect your thoughts. God’s Truth then continually renews your mind (Romans 12:2). When your mind is renewed by Truth instead of the enemy’s lies, the incorruptible seed of the Word that is planted in your heart grows and produces unshakeable faith that your battle is won and your promise is yours.

 

When you are in a battle, your emotions get out of control, and your understanding is compromised. You have to consciously put on the Truth of your salvation. When you have the Truth of His righteousness convincing you, you experience His peace and His wisdom. Intentionally, review over again and again in your mind who you are in Christ.

 

The last piece of armor declares the power of God's Word and engages all the other pieces of armor. It is the sword of the Spirit—the spoken Word of God. You battle successfully in warfare by agreeing with God’s Truth and speaking it instead of speaking any lie of the enemy.

 

You have the power and authority given to you by Christ to defeat the enemy. But God doesn’t speak His Truth in you. You exercise and employ the sword of the Spirit. You put on the Word of God and speak it. 

 

And you pray! “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18, NLT).  


Prayer is your personal intimacy with God to receive an understanding of His Truth and guidance in your life. Your prayers not only impact your spiritual life. They impact the lives of others. Be persistent in prayer, believing for others.

 

Put on the full armor of God. Live in an attitude of prayer at all times, and pray in the Holy Spirit. Fight the good fight of faith. 

 

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20)!

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Use the Sword of the Spirit



Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

—Ephesians 6:17 (NLT)

 

 

Your weapon against the deception of the enemy is the sword of the Spirit—the spoken Word of God. You battle in warfare by agreeing with God’s Truth and speaking it instead of speaking any lie of the enemy. 

 

What promise has God revealed to you? What image comes into your mind when you believe in your promise? If you want to receive your promise, guard that image with the Truth of the promises of your salvation and allow no thoughts to come against it. When you speak the Truth of what God has promised you—what you have envisioned in your mind and believed in your heart, you speak life to your promise and death to anything the enemy uses to try to destroy it.

 

“I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain,” Jesus said, “‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours” (Mark 11:23-24, NLT).

 

The spoken Word of God is the powerful Truth that defeats the deceit of the enemy. But you have to know His Truth, believe it, and speak it. Speak to your problem—to your illness—to your issue—to your fear, and tell it to go. Tell your mountain what God says is the Truth about your situation. Believe without a doubt in your heart that the thing you say will come to pass. You have to learn to speak to the mountains in your life to see them removed. 


Are you going to walk by what you see or what you believe? Are you going to speak God’s Truth or your own thoughts or what anyone else says? The spoken Truth of God’s Word is how you battle in warfare.

 

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12, NLT). 

 

The Word cuts sharply and cleanly to the core of any issue in your life and exposes the lies of the enemy and verifies what is God’s Truth. When His Word is believed, it becomes not only God’s Truth but, also, your Truth. When it is spoken, it has the power to kill any lie and bring life to God’s promise (Proverbs18:21).

 

Speak death to your mountain. Speak life to your mind and body. In the midst of a battle when you are fighting the good fight of faith to receive God’s promise, believe, and speak His Truth. If your battle is against illness, believe what the Word says about your health.

 

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2, NKJV). This is God’s Truth. He wants you to prosper in all things and be in health in the same way that your soul prospers. As you believe the Truth of God’s Word, you prosper in it. As you believe, you receive.

 

If you are fighting against illness, speak “By His stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). “God sent His Word and healed them” (Psalm 107:20). “The Word brings life to those who find them and healing to their whole body (Proverbs 4:22). “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies” (Psalm 103:2-4). 

 

Speak the Truth of the Word to counter the lies of the enemy. Be full fully convinced that what God has promised He is also able to perform (Romans 4:21).

 

You have the authority given to you by Christ to defeat the attacks of the enemy. But God doesn’t speak His Truth in you. You exercise the sword of the Spirit. You put on the Word of God. You guard your mind and heart and believe His Truth. You speak it. It is living and breathing and powerful. 

 

Believe His truth and don’t doubt the authority you have in Him. Refute all the lies of the enemy and the imagery he tries to plant in your mind.  Hold tight to the imagery of God's promise. Speak death to your mountain and life to your promise. 

 

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Put on Your Promise of Salvation




What is your battle? God has the answer.

 

“Put on salvation as your helmet” (Ephesians 6:17a, NKJV).

 

Paul uses the imagery of a helmet because it protects your mind. When you fight the good fight off faith, you put the Truth of your salvation on like a helmet to protect your thoughts. God’s Truth then continually renews your mind (Romansn12:1-2). When your mind is renewed by Truth instead of the enemy’s lies, the incorruptible seed of the Word is planted in your heart. God's Truth produces His fruit in your life. It produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. With these truths in your life, no law is needed. However, the only way to know and understand and flow in the freedom Christ has given you is by abiding in God’s Truth (1 Peter 1:23, John 15:7-8, Galatians 5:22-24).

 

“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation” (I Thessalonians 5:8, NKJV).

 

In this verse in Thessalonians, Paul mentions a breastplate of faith and love. In Ephesians, he says it is a breastplate of righteousness. This is proper since the only way we can receive righteousness is by putting faith in the grace and love of God. When we put on faith and love, we put on our promise of salvation and all that our salvation gives us. 

 

God has promises for your life. Be sober and vigilant. Your adversary wants to destroy you (1 Peter 5:8). Don’t allow any thought or lie or deceit or untruth to keep you from the promise of your salvation. 

 

“Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-23, NKJV). 

 

When you are renewed in your mind by God’s Truth you put on the righteousness that is yours in Christ. You live out of that truth when you are convinced it is true for you. God wants you convinced your old person is gone and you are a new person born by faith in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Hence, put on your salvation by choosing to believe the Truth of God’s Word and placing trust in the righteousness He has given you (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

Always be continuously renewed in your mind by His Truth. “Hear” His Truth. Don’t live by having “heard” His Truth. Keep your mind focused on what God declares is true. Guard your mind and heart with it. When you are in a battle, your emotions get out of control, and your understanding is compromised. You have to intentionally guard your mind and heart. When you have the Truth of His righteousness convincing you, you experience His peace and wisdom. Consciously and consistently review again and again in your mind who you are in Christ.

 

When you are in a battle to keep what Jesus has bought for you—it is a mental battle. You have to take every opportunity to take each thought captive and make them obedient to Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4, NKJV). Don’t believe that you have a weak faith because you are struggling or have problems. You will always have issues in life, but you can be of good cheer. When you trust Christ, you know and believe, that He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

 

The enemy will put images in your mind of death or sickness or defeat or problems or of things that have not even happened. Keep casting them down and bringing your thoughts to good images that you desire (2 Corinthians 10:5). You have to counter the assaults in your mind with the mind of Christ in you (1 Corinthians 2:16). To be carnally or emotionally minded is death, and to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6). You must fight against emotional images and earthly reports and things that are put in your mind that are contrary to the Word. And make your thoughts obedient to God’s Truth (1 Corinthians 10:4).

 

God saves, forgives, and heals. He never forsakes us. Don’t allow your thoughts and the images in your mind to create beliefs that are contrary to God’s Truth. Think on good things that are of Him. He will guard your mind when you keep your thoughts on Him (Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4: 6-8). 

 

Every time a battle comes, consciously and intentionally put on the promise of your salvation. Don’t allow the enemy to paint pictures in your mind. Allow the Word to paint imagery of God’s promises to you.

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Put on the Shield of Faith


 

To fight the good fight of faith, you have to deliberately choose to put on the armor of God. The Word of God is your Truth to stand praying and believing for God’s promises against the deception of the enemy. The righteousness that Christ has given you guards your heart against the enemy’s lies and gives you the authority to crush the enemy’s lies and innuendoes. When you allow the gospel of peace to claim your mind and heart, faith rises from within you to shield your mind from the enemy’s attempts to kill, steal, and destroy the abundant life that is yours in Christ (John 10:10).

 

“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:14-16, NKJV).

 

For the shield of faith to be effective, you must be convinced that it will quench the lies and tricks aimed at your mind and heart by the enemy. Each of us has a measure of faith God has given us (Romans 12:3). Exercising your measure of faith in the finished work of Christ will make you an overcomer. 

 

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (1 John 4:4, 5:4, NKJV).

 

As a born-again believer in Christ, you are born of God. Christ is within you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). And Christ, within you, has His overcome everything. His victory in your life is the faith He has given you. And that faith overcomes the world. It is yours to exercise and use. 

 

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, KJV).

 

Live by the faith of the Son of God who loved you and gave His life for you. Christ lives in you. You have His measure of faith. Don’t give up. When you are in a battle with the enemy, your faith is what is tested. The enemy’s purpose is to keep you from exercising the faith God has given you. He wants you to say “believing and praying for God’s promise doesn’t work for me.” But faith does work for you! 

 

Jesus told the centurion that his faith had healed his servant. He told the woman with an issue of blood that her faith had made her well. He told the two blind men that they would be healed according to their faith. When Jesus told the father of the demon-oppressed boy “all things are possible to him who believes,” the father cried out, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

 

Do you realize you can have belief and unbelief at the same time? But when you choose to believe that all things are possible in Christ, your doubt and your unbelief decrease. Your faith flourishes. You have the faith to believe and when you choose to believe with your measure of faith that what the Word says is true, your belief in the promises of God matures and produces fruit. Your shield of faith is strengthened against the lies of the enemy. 

 

“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you” (Psalm 91:5-7, NKJV).  

 

The shield of faith protects you from all evil that comes against you. 

 

When you activate your faith by choosing to believe in God’s Truth over what anyone says—over what the world says—over what the enemy says, you use your authority in Christ and put on the shield of faith. And with that shield, you extinguish all the evil with which the wicked one targets you.

 

Faith is more than enough to receive God’s promise. You just have to keep fighting the good fight of faith. If you are confused, God is not the author of your confusion! Never give up trusting Him, and don’t doubt. We are all tempted to doubt but don’t give in.  Just know that when you are in a battle, your faith is tested. Fight, and if you get weary, don’t stay that way. Always reengage your shield of faith.

 

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God in your mind and heart (Romans 10:17). When you fight the good fight of faith, you put the Truth of your salvation on like a helmet to protect your thoughts. God’s Truth then continually renews your mind. When your mind is renewed by Truth instead of the enemy’s lies, the incorruptible seed of the Word, which is planted in your heart, grows and produces unshakeable faith that God’s promise is yours. You believe that greater is God in you than the enemy who is in the world. You believe Christ has overcome. And He has already won your victory.

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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Friday, August 12, 2022

The Gospel of Peace



 

You know that prayer—the one that you prayed believing and then time and the enemy came against you?  It is still powerful in Jesus’ name. 

 

“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:14-15, NKJV). In the New Living Translation, this reads, “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.”

 

When you “shod” your feet, it means you wear shoes of a specific kind. The specific kind you wear is the Good News—the Gospel of peace that you have with God. When you are walking in peace with God, you are walking in peace with yourself and with others. If you don’t live in peace with God and others in your life, you can’t believe in the promises that come from your relationship with God. You are only prepared for the battles of life when you have prepared your mind and heart with the Gospel of the peace that is yours in Christ.

 

Are you at peace with God, or do you sometimes believe He is mad at you? Some believers think when times are hard that God is mad at them. This is a lie of the enemy. God loved you enough to send His Son to die for you. Jesus came to save you so that you can have a right relationship with His Father. Don’t get upset with God, and fight against him instead of fighting the good fight of faith. When you pray things like “why, God, is this taking so long” or “why is this happening,” you are not at peace in your relationship with God. And when we get upset with others, we wonder why our prayers are hindered. You can’t have bitterness toward anyone (your spouse, children, church, family, or friends) and expect God to answer your prayers (1 Peter 3:7). You need to be at peace with God and with others for your prayers not to be hindered. When you walk in peace, you are putting on the Good News. Grace is alive in you.

 

You fight the good fight of faith when you forgive as Christ has forgiven you. When you live in God’s peace, you are standing on His Truth that you are at peace in your relationship with Him, with yourself, and with others. You believe your worthiness is in Christ and that you are forgiven. And you forgive with the grace of Jesus that forgave you.

 

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance” (Romans 5:1-3, NLT).

 

You have peace with God. Jesus has overcome the issues of your life with the peace He has purchased for you with God. You can pray confidently and go into God’s presence knowing in your mind and believing in your heart that He will answer your requests (1 John 5:15). You can walk joyfully and confidently in His peace knowing that you have His grace to forgive as He has forgiven you. When issues in life don’t defeat you but, instead, help you persevere in faith, you walk in the peace of God. When you share God’s forgiveness, you bring His peace to not only your heart but also to others. 

 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV).

 

Believe the Gospel of peace that is yours. Make it your own. Exercise God’s truth in your life. Give your requests to God with thankful confidence. His peace, which human reasoning cannot understand, will guard your heart and mind. The peace you have is Christ alive in you. 

 

When you allow God’s peace to own your mind and heart, the enemy can’t kill, steal, and destroy the abundant life Christ has bought you (John 10:10). Faith rises from within you to shield your mind from the lies and deceptions of the enemy. You stand believing the Truth of God’s promises. You are fully convinced that Christ, the hope of glory, lives within you (Colossians 1:27). His peace, which overcame the world, has overcome your personal world of doubt and fear. You know and believe your prayer is answered.

 

Shod your life with the truth of His peace. Your life is powerful in Christ when you believe you are at peace with God. Stand in the right and the power and the truth of your position in Christ. You have His authority to stomp on and speak death to the lies and unrest of the enemy. 

 

You are fully prepared for the battle when you believe God’s truth and walk in it. His peace has overcome. It has won the war.

 

 

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Stand Strong in His Righteousness


 

 

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

—Ephesians 6:14 (NKJV)

 

Girding your life with the Truth of God’s Word is the first piece of armor you put on. The other pieces of your spiritual armor are connected to God’s Truth and receive their power from it. But God’s Word has no power in your life unless you believe it.

 

The second piece of armor is the breastplate of righteousness. You stand against the enemy on the Truth that you are righteous in Christ. It is not just enough to know that you are righteous because of the finished work of Christ. You have to deliberately choose to believe you have His righteousness. Believing you are His righteousness protects your heart from the enemy’s deception. When you put on the breastplate of righteousness believing nothing hinders your prayers, you know that your prayers will be heard and answered even if you aren’t perfect in your flesh.  

 

The enemy reminds you constantly of the old person you once were, and Jesus wants you to remember the righteousness He has given you. When you pray from the mindset of the righteousness that is yours in Christ, you pray as one who is forgiven, healed, and whole. You pray believing your prayer is heard and answered because you are no longer a sinner needing a Savior to give you a righteous relationship with God. Jesus has given you His complete and perfect work of Grace. He has presented you without fault to the Father. He has paid your debt in full, and you are reborn as a new creation by the Holy Spirit in His righteousness. You are now saved, healed, and sealed by His Grace (John 10:10, 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21, Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 1:13).

 

When you believe you are righteous in Christ, you know that within yourself you are nothing but that in God you have His power to stand strong. You KNOW that He is in you, and you are in Him. You BELIEVE in your heart that the Word is Truth. The righteousness of God has defeated evil. And His righteousness that defeats evil lives within you. 

 

In a battle, the enemy reminds you of who you are in the flesh. He reminds you of your sins and your failures. You have to remind the enemy that those lies and accusations are no longer true. Jesus has made you righteous. You learn to cast those lies and accusations down, and having done that, you stand (Revelations 12:10, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Ephesians 6:14).

 

God doesn’t answer your prayers because of anything you have ever done or will do. He answers your prayers only because you are standing in the righteousness of His precious Son. He is not going to answer your prayers according to your holiness or your works but according to the Grace of Jesus. Because of Jesus, there is nothing held against you. You are approved, loved, and accepted because of His Grace. 

 

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life” (Proverbs 10:11, NASB). “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21, NASB). 

 

You have the power to speak death and life. Your mouth can speak death to the lies of the enemy and also be a fountain that speaks life. If you don’t cast down the destructive thoughts the enemy tries to plant in your mind, you won’t stand strong. You will become weak, and fear will run rampant. But when you declare and speak who you are as a child of God, you speak with His authority. 

 

“I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Enemy, your lies cannot destroy God’s Truth in me!”  (2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 54:17).

 

You have His power to speak and cast down anything that doesn’t come from God’s Truth. Nothing will prevail against you when you gird yourself in God’s Truth, believing and declaring Jesus has made you righteous, healed, and whole (Proverbs 18:21, 2 Timothy 1:7, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Isaiah 54:17. 2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

When you look at yourself through your own eyes, it is hard to see Christ’s righteousness. You only see the imperfection of your humanness. But when you keep looking into your heart with the Truth of the righteousness He has given you, things change. Allow the Word to renew your mind with its Truth (Romans 12:2). Stay focused on who Christ has made you, and rebuke the lies of the enemy. Do you remember that prayer—the one that you prayed believing and then time and the enemy came against you?  It is still powerful and answered in Jesus.

 

The enemy who plans to steal, kill, and destroy you comes to remind you of the old person you once were. If you believe the enemy, your heart will condemn you. But God is greater than your heart (1 John 3:20). The Holy Spirit constantly teaches us who you are in Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:13). Listen to His Truth with the mind Christ has given you (1 Corinthians 2:14-16). Submit yourself to God—submit yourself to God’s Truth—conform to that Truth, and the enemy will flee from the righteousness that stands strongly in you (James 4:7).

 

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Gird Your Life with His Truth



 

Sometimes our prayers are answered immediately, and sometimes they take longer. Answers that aren’t immediate are the ones the enemy attacks. When you are praying and believing for your promise, remember…

 

“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth” (Ephesians 6:12-14a, NKJV).

 

You fight the enemy—not people. He comes against your faith and brings the battle to your mind. You will face discouragement very quickly if you aren’t equipped to fight your battle. When you start to believe God’s Truth for something, that is when your battle begins. You don’t just stand against the enemy one time. You stand against him again and again and again. Standing on God’s Truth builds your faith to believe your battle is already won and your promise received.

 

When you are in a battle, you need to give attention to the armor of God. You can’t just assume that you will automatically have His armor working in you.  You must be proactive and deliberately allow each piece to be used in your life. To do this, you have to understand the six pieces of armor in Ephesians 6:14-17, and you have to know their purpose.

 

Ephesians 6:18 says that the purpose of God’s armor is to make your prayers effective. When you “put on” the armor of God, your strength is found in your unity with Him—spirit to spirit. Your relationship with Him grows stronger from worshiping Him in spirit and Truth (John 4:23, Jude 1:20). The intimate connection you have with the Holy Spirit in prayer empowers you to hold on believing for the promise God has given you. 

 

Paul uses the armor worn by a Roman soldier as an example of God’s armor. The girdle or the belt was the first piece of armor that a Roman soldier put on around his waist.  Everything in his armor connected to the belt. The first piece of God’s armor is His Truth. All the other pieces of His armor are connected to it, and they are empowered by God’s Truth. Make sure you are walking in the Truth of the Word and not focused on your feelings and the emotions they evoke. Don’t focus on your circumstances or what you are told or what you feel. Stand on the Truth of God’s Word.

 

The enemy will tempt you to look at the facts and the circumstances of your life instead of trusting the unseen of what God says is true. Fight the good fight of faith with the Word and not with your emotions. “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38, KJV). Out of your belly flows life. God’s Truth girds and protects your life. 

 

The enemy will also try to tell you that you will never understand God’s Truth. Don’t let what you don’t know to keep you from believing what you do know. Fighting the good fight of faith and believing in the Truth you do know will over time help you understand what you don’t know. 

 

You WILL know God’s Truth, and His Truth WILL set you free to fight the good fight of faith! Gird yourself with His Truth you know and stand firm. The Word is your authority. No lie can penetrate its Truth. 

 

The Word is your salvation. Why is the Word the last place so many believers go to in the heat of battle? Know the Word. Believe the Word. And receive its life-giving promises. 

 

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.

—Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV).

 

God’s Truth overcomes everything. It stands against any lie. No weapon shall prevail against it. You shall condemn anything that comes against His Truth in your life. This is your heritage. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

Know God’s Truth. Allow His Truth to change the way you think until you believe it in your heart (Romans 12:2, Romans 10:10). His Truth protects you from the lies and onslaught of the enemy who tries to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Gird your life with God’s Truth. The Word is His abundant life working in you to bring forth what the enemy declares impossible (Ephesians 3:20).

 

God’s Truth is the foundation of your faith. Without it, you have no life. With it, all things are possible for those who believe (Mark 9:23).

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Victorious Faith



 

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

—1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

 

You fight the good fight of faith with the knowledge of the Word of God and by believing and declaring the truth of who you are in Christ. You fight the good fight of faith from a position of victory because Christ has already won.

 

“Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. This is to your shame. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (1 Corinthians 15:34, James 4:7, NKJV).

 

Wake up. Know and believe the Word. The enemy battles you from within with lies—with deception—and will even twist Scripture to deceive you. He will tempt you not to believe the truth of God’s Word. Don’t submit your thoughts to the lies of the enemy. Don’t give him power. Submit your thoughts to God. Resist the enemy. Rebuke him, and he will flee. Stand in the authority Christ has given you to escape the enemy’s subtle manipulation to kill, steal, and destroy you (James 4:7, John 10:10).

 

We submit to God because Christ has made us righteous. We are convicted by His righteousness—not by the disgrace of shame and guilt. When we understand how we fight sin from a position of righteousness, then we can understand how to fight the battle for our promise from a position of victory in Christ.

 

Many believers don’t have a knowledge of God in regards to the righteousness Jesus purchased for them. When you know the righteousness Christ has given you, you receive spiritual wisdom in your knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1: 17). 

 

Awake to the righteousness He has given you!  Allow the Word to teach you! Jesus has won the total victory over hell and sin and sickness and death! It is a finished work! You fight the good fight of faith from a position of victory! You never fight from defeat! Lay hold of all the promises that are yours in your assurance of the new life Christ has given you. Have you confessed and declared your hope to others? Well, keep confessing the truth of God’s promises. And hold fast the confession of your hope without wavering, for God who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). 

 

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:23-24, NKJV).

 

How do you fight the good fight of faith and hang on to your promise when you are battle-weary? You have to stand and trust God. You can’t stand and trust God if you don’t know His Word. It may be a while before you experience the manifestation of your promise. Most often, time passes before the mountain you told to be gone is removed. Don’t give up. You appropriate by faith the truth of God’s Word. You believe and take His promise as your own. You speak life to what you are promised (Proverbs 18:21).

 

Believing doesn’t happen when you have received the answer to your prayer. You have to believe that when you pray you have already received your answer. When you speak to your mountain—when you pray believing without doubting—your promise will come to pass. The key is believing that when you pray nothing will keep you from receiving. When you believe this truth, you are able to stand—declaring what you believe in God’s realm is true for you. You will receive—if you will not give up.

 

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-11, NKJV).

 

These verses tell you how to stand. Be strong in the Lord and in His power—not in your power. Don’t trust your understanding. The enemy will manipulate you with emotion. Look unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). Put on the whole armor of God so you can stand against the enemy who lies, deceives, accuses, and creates issues. 

 

Notice in these verses in Ephesians 6:10-11 that we are told twice to stand so that we can “withstand” the heat of battle. Things are not always going to go easy when you are standing. You have to learn to withstand the attacks of the enemy because he wants to tear you down—to make you believe your promise is not true and convince you that God does not care. God’s armor is what empowers you to stand against the enemy’s deception and wickedness and attempts to kill, steal, and destroy you.

 

During the next few devotionals, we will look at how to stand believing for what God has promised by putting on each piece of His armor. It is God’s righteousness that empowers us to willfully choose the armor. God doesn’t dress us for battle. We allow His power to dress us for victory. 

 

Whatever is born of God overcomes. And the victory that has overcome the world is our faith (1 John 5:4). Do we want abundant life? We stand and fight the good fight of faith believing we have already won. 

 

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Your Understanding


 

 

The Holy Spirit teaches us the Word and gives us understanding as we grow spiritually in our ability to receive it (John 16:13). Sometimes a Scripture reveals a depth of unexpected understanding that you have never experienced. If its revealed truth falls on a heart the Holy Spirit has prepared to receive, that revelation takes root and produces much fruit. If a heart is not ready to receive, then the revelation of God’s truth has little power to make a difference. The problems of life will choke out the joy it initially brought (Matthew 13:3-8).

 

The enemy doesn’t like it when you receive spiritual truth because it defeats him. He will tempt you to question what God has shown you (John 10:10). God's truth never changes. He is always the same (Hebrews 13:8). When God reveals Himself to you wherever you are in your spiritual journey, it may be a different perspective from what someone else has received. Our levels of spiritual understanding aren’t the same. Just because your understanding of a Scripture is from a different perspective doesn’t negate its truth. God reveals His truth to you at your personal level of spiritual understanding so you will grow in your knowledge of Him.

 

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Corinthians 3:16-17).

 

Pray about the revelation you have been shown. Allow other Scripture to affirm or deny its truth.  God wants you completely equipped for His good purpose. The Holy Spirit won’t plant anything in your heart that steers you away from your spiritual understanding of the righteousness that is yours in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

The Holy Spirit’s revelation of Scripture makes no difference to the natural mind. The natural mind cannot receive God’s truth. It cannot discern God’s truth (Corinthians 2:14). The natural mind receives the Word based on what it feels instead of what it spiritually understands to be true. Understanding of God’s truth must be acquired spiritually. When we spiritually hear the Word, it builds our faith to believe its truth (Romans 10:17). Don’t test Scripture with your ability to rationalize. You have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Test what you have been shown with the spiritual mind He has given you. 

 

If hearing the Word builds your faith to trust God, then you receive God’s truth and not your own understanding (Romans 10:17). When you trust God’s truth, you acknowledge His power in your life. He directs your life (Psalm 3:5-6).

 

Always be spiritually open to what God wants to reveal and show you (1 Corinthians 1:25). 

 

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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