We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. (Romans 3:22-24 NLT)
Sometimes I struggle with what to write because I get stuck on how much grace I need just to make it through one day. I condemn myself with examples of my faults, shortcomings, and sin…but then God reminds me this is the case for every one of His children. It was by God’s grace I was saved and by the blood of the lamb that I’ve been set free. God’s grace is for all, God doesn’t have favorites, He loves each and everyone of us the same. When we read the scriptures, we’re reminded of God’s love for us and all the hopes and plans He has for His children.
So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit—and this power is mine through Christ Jesus—has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2 TLB)
The enemy will do his best to make us lose sight of God’s promises, that’s why it’s so critical for us to keep ourselves rooted in God’s Word. We can’t expect to battle an enemy if we’re not prepared (or worse, in denial that we have an enemy). Of course some of my biggest fears don’t attack me outright, they usually get worse because I’m busy sticking my head in the sand and wishing they would go away – but we all know that’s not a battle plan, that’s just hiding.
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. (Ephesians 6:10-12 MSG)
If you haven’t seen the movie, War Room, please go and watch it – I highly recommend it. It’s a great ‘call to action’ movie, stirring people to stand up and take notice of what’s going on (and for some, what’s not going on) in their prayer lives and with their relationship with God. Reminding us that we can see a turn around in our lives, but only when we take action! Prayer is a true warrior’s weapon, it’s not about praying meekly and asking God to consider our plea for help; we must be active participants – making adjustments in areas where we have ‘missed’ it and living holy lives as God intended us to live. Once you’ve decided to get serious about your prayer life create a Prayer Battle Plan. Write down what areas you want to focus on and then use scriptures that relate or encourage you in those areas. Remember the best part about creating a prayer battle plan, is that the war has already been won!!
“I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble [persecution; suffering], but be brave [take courage/heart]! I have defeated [victory over; conquered; overcome] the world.” (John 16:33 EXB)
God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.(Ephesians 6:18 MSG)
Pray in [or in dependence on] the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers [prayers and requests], asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready [alert] and never give up [with all perseverance]. Always pray for all God’s people [the saints]. (Ephesians 6:18 EXB)