Hi everyone! Welcome back to TGWAM this week. Yes, it’s me, Lacey, posting on a Thursday… This doesn’t happen very often, us changing things up, but we are this week. So, hang in there and we’ll get back to normal ASAP, I promise. 🙂
Psalm 37 is a chapter in the Bible that contains a couple of my favorite verses, but I never really took the time to read the entire chapter. As I began to read it, I started to see that this chapter is a wonderful chapter in the book of Psalms that everyone needs to study. I’m only going to use the first couple verses then skip around to a couple other books in the Bible, but I encourage you to go read the rest of Psalm 37 after reading this post. It’s about being righteous and not wicked.
This chapter starts off by basically stating to not be jealous of all the people who are off doing stuff they shouldn’t because you feel like you’re “missing out”. Psalm 37:1-2 says, “Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.” First of all, these verses basically say, “You are NOT missing out! All of those people who are doing wrong and not repenting won’t go to heaven.” Also, this is saying don’t get caught up in the fear of missing out. If you have F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out) then you’ll eventually give into peer-pressure and give into the desires of man. Temptations will come your way. There is absolutely no way of avoiding temptation. Even Jesus was tempted. Matthew 4:1 says, “Then Jesus was lead by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
Time and time again when Jesus was tempted, He fought back using what is written in the Bible. When Satan was tempting Him, Jesus didn’t give in. He didn’t fret, get anxious, and He wasn’t mad at Satan for trying to get Him to give into temptation. Jesus knew that this was coming and He was prepared to take what the devil had for Him. Do you know why it was so easy and simple for Jesus to resist the temptation of Satan? Because He had God. If we have God on our side, it makes it easier and easier to resist what we want and see what God wants us to do. If we just trust Him and put our faith in Jesus, we can learn how to fight back at conflict with the “sword” that we have.
Some of you may be wondering what “sword” I’m talking about. No, I’m not talking about a literal sword that you may see knights using in a fairytale. I’m talking about the sword that we as Christians have that is mentioned in Ephesians. Ephesians 6:10-18 talks about the Armor of God. Every piece of this “suit of armor” is important for all Christians to strive to have. Ephesians 6:10-12 starts off by saying, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” These few verses show us that our battles as Christians aren’t between each other physically. The battles that we fight everyday are battles between the flesh and the spirit- what we want versus what we know is right and what the Bible says.
So, what do we need to prepare us for our spiritual battles? That’s exactly what verses 13-18 tell us. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish 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. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
We need to put on the armor of God to be able to succeed in our day to day battle between the flesh and the spirit. Be honest and tell the truth when conflicts arise. In Exodus, in the Ten Commandments it tells us not to bear false witness against our neighbors. Be righteous. The word righteous means “morally right or justifiable”. This means to know the difference between right and wrong and to choose which is right out of the two. Be ready to stand firm in your battles and have the peace of God while doing so.
Be faithful. If you’re faithful to God, He will deliver you from your trials in this life. Look at the story of David and Goliath. (1 Samuel 17) David shouldn’t have had a chance against the literal giant he was facing, but he ended up winning the battle because he was faithful to God and prayed that He would give him the strength he needed to fight the enemy. Know who is your Lord and Savior. If we know where our salvation comes from and we trust in Jesus, everything will turn out right in the end when we believe God’s plan for us is good. Finally, know God’s word. If we know God’s word and will show people the gospel when we feel the Holy Spirit telling us to share our faith with them, we can win any battle we are in with God’s help.
If we wear the armor of God everyday, fighting our battles will be so much easier. We won’t have to figure out anything for ourselves because the Lord tells us exactly what to do. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”
I hope you enjoyed what I had to say today. I know the scripture was a little all over the place, but passages just kept coming to mind! :’D Thank you for coming back to our blog this week. If you haven’t already read Bryanna’s post for this week make sure to go read that! Please come back next Tuesday and Thursday as we continue to blog about what God has lead us to write! Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow TGWAM through our journey in this new stage of life. Have a great weekend everyone!
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