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Put Your Guard Up

Café Menu for Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Today’s Special is: Strengthening Yourself and Your Family Against the Enemy
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Katie Smith
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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.

Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Entrée:

War.  Battle.  Fighting.  Armor.

These aren’t really words that come to mind when we think about preparing for the holidays.  Because of the busyness and all of the distractions this time of year, they are words that are easy to forget.  Actually, most of us would rather avoid them.

Spiritual battle is happening all around us, especially when we least expect it.  It’s when we least expect it that satan sees that we have our guard down and he takes that opportunity to chip away at the wall we thought we had built against him.  It’s when we think that we are strong that we are actually admitting a weakness.

Holidays, no matter which ones, can be times when the work of both God and satan can be more evident.  Holidays are times when you see families united and divided.  They’re times when distant friends are brought together or stress is piled up until friendships are fractured.  Many situations are restored during festivities, but also many hearts are hardened and hurt.

Before we start our holidays, why don’t we prepare our schedules in order to fight against the enemy and draw closer to God?  Let’s make it our goal to spend specific time with God each day; time in prayer and reading; listening and talking to our Powerful Warrior.  Let’s strengthen our families in order to see God move in them.  Let’s fight this battle, instead of hoping it might pass us by!

There will be a battle whether we intentionally participate or not.  Satan is waiting in the dark.  He wants to harm us and he wants us to fail.  Let’s stand against him, side with victory and defeat him, so our families and our relationships will be stronger and more fruitful.

Prayer is a powerful weapon and it brings our needs and our wants in front of our Creator. Prayer shows Him that we acknowledge His Infinite Power and Strength.  Prayer shows we are humble and helps us feel centered and at peace. Prayer, even simple words, is able to destroy strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4).  Take hold of that Truth and don’t let satan convince you otherwise!

This holiday season, let’s recognize that we have an enemy who is out to destroy us and let’s fight against him!  The Bible describes our armor for a reason.  Let’s put it on and use it!

Take Out:

Choose an allotted amount of days before the holiday, maybe the 12 Days of Christmas. Each day, pick a different family member to focus your prayers on.  Every time you think of them during the day, cover them with prayer and protection against the enemy.  Clothe these loved ones in God’s armor, remembering prayers from a righteous person are effective and powerful (James 5:16).  Journal the dates and those who you have prayed for during these days.  You’ll be in awe when you see that your prayers have been heard.

Dessert:

Lord, help us to realize the power of our prayers.  We pray that we will be able to dedicate specific time to spend with You each day.  Help us to desire You above everything else and to focus on You in spite of the busyness of the holidays.  Amen.

For more encouragement, visit Katie at Glory where she encourages you to bring God Glory in your every-day life.

© 2014 by Katie Smith.  All rights reserved.

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