I recently started a women's Small Group study on The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. The book is based upon Ephesians 6:10-18 and explains how to best defeat the spiritual enemies of the world. Priscilla, most recently best known for her lead role in The War Room, does a fantastic job of explaining how to best prepare ourselves to take our stand against the devil.
The Armor of God is a 7-week study, both with the book and videos. I'm going to post each week a summary of what I've learned. I'm not going to go word for word on what's in the book or videos but rather reveal what I've learned and taken from them.
Week Three focused on The Breastplast of Righteousness.
Righteousness is upright living that aligns with the expectations of God. The enemy's goal is to derail your behavior from God's truth.
Satan tries to deceive us and we must continually guard our hearts by reading the Bible, reading devotions, praying, and being with other like-minded people. I can personally attest that I'm at my weakest and most vulnerable when I disconnect from the Lord.
The enemy targets my thinking by causing me to overanalyze and be negative towards others. With my ambitions, he causes me to become lackluster or unmotivated. My feelings can become negative and quick to anger.
I can be known as an intimidating person. My husband can go in to a gas station and come out having been invited to a family reunion. He's generally friendly and jovial. Me, not so much. I have a huge defensive wall and rarely let it down. I've come to terms with how Satan has targeted my mind, ambitions, and feelings. I refuse to let the enemy make me miserable or make me feel unworthy. I am a child of God! I am worthy; I am special; I am open to positive change.
I learned that I will never be perfect. And I'm okay with that. No one is flawless. We can never live up to God's standard of righteousness. Because we know this, sometimes we make that an excuse to lower our standards and want God to bring His expectations down to our level. It's not gonna happen.
But the good news is that the penalty of sin is removed and the gift of God's righteousness is given once you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. A sin is a sin is a sin, but we are forgiven by the blood of Christ.
We need to be aware of the spiritual battle that's waging war. We also need to concentrate on living a vibrant, healthy life. God's way is the only way. And if you mess up, it's okay. He will forgive His child of God. Just keep on truckin' and lovin' the Good Lord. He's got your back.