I woke up at 5 this morning. Like most mornings, it’s not unusual for me to lay in bed around this time and begin my morning prayer. Reflection, thankfulness, healing, praising, searching my heart. This morning I thought about moments when the kids were little. They were so cute. I mean, CA-UTE! They both have their same personalities, just older and shelled with more attitude. Back then, things were hard. My husband and I fought a lot. We struggled in many areas; communication, finances, unity, just to name a few. I remember begging God, “fix us”! And getting mad when He didn’t. Assuming He just didn’t want us together. Why did we struggle so much? Why didn’t He want to lead us?
As I reflected on these memories, I was briefly reminded of how much hurt we caused each other. The bitterness, that once ruled our relationship, had taken on a new form of forgiveness and peace. I barely remember what that felt like – however, I do know I never want to be reminded of the feeling. Kind of like child birth, you remember how difficult the pain was, but not the pain itself. Feels good to say that I’m to that point. Thank you, Jesus.
As I kept reflecting, I realized something else – and this was important. And friends, this is what we ALL need to remember every single day, no matter what struggle we face or are facing. And this is why God didn’t “fix us”. Why He wasn’t “leading us”. This is why our marriage was struggling.
PICK UP YOUR SWORD!!!
My sword was lost, dull, rusted, and broken. It was covered in dust because of disuse. Our swords we carry are our protection, our defense, our “stay away from me, Satan!” Never walk out of the door without your sword, husbands and wives! Dust them off, ladies! Polish them and sharpen them, students! Sleep with them next to your bed, and let it be the first thing you grab in the morning before you grab your phone.
The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, and when God’s Word is in your heart, you take it with you everywhere you go! And you will be ready for battle against the enemy! Ready to fight against temptation, persecution (hostility because of your faith), pride, fear.
Sometimes, unfortunately, that enemy is YOU!
Ephesians 6:17 – Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Read also, Ephesians 6:10-20. The Armor of God.