January 18, 2020

Winning the Race Every Day

Posted By Jessica Taylor

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A friend asked me to pray for him. When I asked him what to pray, he replied, “I just feel like the devil is tempting me and beating up on me.”

Do you feel like that? Do you need encouragement because the devil always seems to be discouraging you? Do you feel surrounded and under siege by forces that are enemies of your soul?

Put on the armor of God every morning before you leave the house, my friend. Take some time today to read Ephesians 6:10-18, and then make a quick list that you tape on a mirror or by your door as a reminder, so you can say aloud, “Lord, I put on the helmet of salvation. I put on the breastplate of righteousness and the belt of truth and the shoes of the gospel. I’m taking up my shield of faith.”

And then, friend, pick up your sword—the Word of God:

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word (Psalm 119:9).

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11).

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

After His baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days. He was physically tired and hungry when Satan came to Him with temptations. But each time, Jesus began His rejection of the temptation by saying “It is written.”

Scripture says that hiding God’s Word in our hearts will help us withstand temptation. In Ephesians 6:17, Paul says that the Word is the sword the Spirit uses to defend against the enemy. To hide the Word within us, to be able to use that sword, we need to know what is written; we need to know what God’s Word says.

So at the beginning of this new year, I challenge you to develop some new patterns. Spend time daily in God’s Word. Hide it in your heart (remember God’s promises and memorize some of the verses) and give the Spirit a sword sharp and true to use against the enemy.

*Taken from Winning the Race Every Day by Steve Wingfield.