At HKC Youth this term we’ve been looking at the behind the scenes stuff – the spiritual stuff that goes on behind the scenes in our life, how that affects here and now, what we can see, how we feel, how we act, and how we are not victims but how God has given us tools to equip and empower us for any situation.
A couple of weeks ago one of our awesome youth leaders did a phenomenal message about the armour of God – who can remember the different parts of armour?
One of the parts that especially challenged me and made me go mmmmm was when he wrote on each nerf bullet a tactic or strategy that the enemy uses to mess with our minds.
And he shot them out of his nerf gun at his brother who was wearing his helmet of salvation and had his shield of faith up and the bullets just bounced off and were deflected.
Our shield of faith is made up of all the truth we know about God.
He is good.
He is for us.
He is powerful.
He gives us peace.
He heals us.
He is at work to make all things good.
When the enemy fires a lie at us, fires a dart at us, his aim is that it will hit us, penetrate us, wound us – kill steal and destroy us. That we’ll get hit and then we’ll buy the lie and it becomes the way we think.
But faith identifies the lie and replaces it with the truth of the Word of God.
Jesus did this when the devil tempted him in the desert after he was baptized. The devil would say “so if you think you’re the son of God do this or do that” and Jesus would hold up his shield of faith and say “it is written in the word of God” and the lie would just bounce off.
There is power in declaring who God is. Regardless of our circumstances, regardless of what it looks like, God is faithful, He is good, He is mighty to save. When we declare Who God is, our circumstances have to bow to the truth.
But sometimes we have our own lies. We have our own issues that fight against God.
The war is within us. My will vs God’s will. My ways vs God’s way.
There are things that I don’t want to do, that I end up doing.
There are things that I want to do, but I don’t do them.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, , empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” Read the rest of this entry »