Where are your sensitive, most exposed, vulnerable areas in your life? Do you have trust issues from betrayals in past relationships? Have you struggled with addictions to alcohol, drugs, sexual vices, etc in your past or even presently? Are you insecure about your appearance? Do you live in fear that something bad is going to happen to your children or your husband? Is your greatest concern being financially secure? Have you lived through a traumatic experience and and are afraid it will happen again? Do you live with guilt from past sins you’ve committed?
Think about it for a moment. Our most sensitive areas are those that cause us to tailspin out of control mentally and emotionally. Our thought process travels down a bad path when the subject is brought up, when someone throws it up in our face or maybe we encounter a temptation from our past weaknesses. We all have at least one area that we don’t like to be touched…ever.
I’m not feeling brave enough to put my own vulnerabilities out here on the “world wide web” today, but I will admit that I am “attacked” in these areas more often than I care for. In the past, I have not dealt with it in a healthy manner. Here’s the order of my mental/emotional tailspin (perhaps you can relate): anger, emotional pain, regret, bitterness, feel like giving up, questioning who in the world I think I am, feeling like a failure, depression, inability to function normally. Sounds crazy, huh?
If you are a born again believer, you are a brethren…FYI. The silver lining is that at the end of time, the “accuser” will be thrown into hell, literally, and we will be with Jesus. But until then…
I Peter 5:8 tells us that we are to be sober and vigilant because our adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, looking to see who he can devour. How does he try to devour us? By attacking us in our vulnerable areas. And he knows them well. The scripture continues to admonish us to resist him and remain steadfast in our faith and to be comforted to know that you are not alone in your sufferings. As Christians, we all go through it.
But how do we resist the enemy and remain steadfast in our faith? What does that even mean? It’s hard when our own personal weakness, failures and insecurities are the ammo he uses against us. He does not fight fair at all. And what would you expect from the father of lies? He’s the master of telling you lies about who you are and who you aren’t.
I’m going to show you how to fight back.
Psalm 121:5 “The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.”
When a solider would go into battle back in the Bible days, he would carry a shield and a sword. The shield would be carried in his left hand and the sword in his right. The shield represents those areas in your life where you are strong, areas where you have no issues, temptations, weaknesses, etc. The right side, the side with no protection, represents the side where the enemy would attack. The place where our weaknesses are fully exposed. But we are not completely at the mercy of our enemy. We have been equipped with a very effective tool with which to fight back – a sword. A solider would never go into battle without his sword to fight off the advances of the enemy. And neither should we. Our sword is part of the armor of God that is provided for us when we become born again. We wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The Bible. We can fight back by filling our minds with truth from God’s Word and speaking it over our lives. Daily, continually. Day and night. And especially when we are feeling attacked and confused.
God guards the vulnerable parts of our lives with His Word. If we speak His Word, fill our minds with His truths, we will be strengthened in those areas where we are weak. We will be able to quench the fiery darts of the enemy. Speak the Word in times of temptation, fear, insecurities. Who I am in Christ. What I have in Christ. NEVER lay down your sword. Have it ready in your hand at all times. Practice even when you are not being attacked until it becomes second nature to wield it without hesitation, with expert skill. Before your mind even goes to a bad place, you can speak the Word and end it there. Nip the lies in the bud immediately with the truth of who you really are! It really does work!
And that, my friends, is what you call, “Fighting the good fight of faith.”