Spiritual conflict always includes spiritual attack. We should never be surprised when our faith is tested in ways that could make us question what we believe, and if we have the courage to rise to the occasion these times can actually result in a strengthening of our faith. The question is, are you prepared with your shield of faith in all circumstances?
If you've ever had a pair of bad shoes, you know the importance of good shoes. Bad shoes are miserable and they will eventually cause serious damage to your feet. Good shoes, on the other hand, will provide support to your whole body and help you better execute whatever activity you are engaging in. The best part, when you are wearing good shoes, you hardly ever think about your shoes, and you're never worried about them! the Bible says there is a spiritual equivalent of shoes...do you have your's on?
Our hearts can be a great source of compassion, empathy, and comfort to others, and it can be a selfish, foolish force for self-righteousness, jealousy and anger that will poison our lives. People who do not keep a close eye on their hearts are not far from disaster in their lives.
Truth is one of those things that seems so easy, but when it comes to embracing the truth about ourselves, that can be a real challenge. If we want to dress ourselves with the full armor of God, when confronting the truth about who we are is the first major step we can take.
Sports fanatics don't make it hard to guess what team they support, they wear their colors with pride and expectation. When it comes to spiritual conflict, however, many find distinguishing their enemy is a bit harder. It is important the every believer clearly understands that other people are never the enemy - our enemy is a spiritual one, not flesh and blood.
It is a very small god who is confined to a building constructed by man. For ages, people have been inventing god's and building them homes so that they can exercise control over their god. As followers of Christ, we do not build temples to God, we are a the temple of God that He has created Himself, and He chooses to abide in us so that we can experience the indwelling power of His Holy Spirit and have the power to be transformed from the inside out. You are the walking, talking, praying, worshipping, serving temple of God!
Difficult circumstances have a way of revealing certain values that we have. It clarifies what matters most to us and separates them from what is less important. It reveals the real foundations of our lives and faith. It reminds us of the importance of the connections that we have and the value of our spiritual families. In difficult circumstances we discover where outlives are truly connected - knit together in love.
There are times in life when things just don't work out the way we'd hoped they would. When things don't go your way, how does that effect your faith? When we only trust God when circumstances meet our expectations, that is clear evidence of a weak faith. When someone trusts God even when they don't get what they've hoped for, you can be sure that person has developed a strong faith in God.
Faith means that we choose gratitude even before we have received anything from God. God has made many promises, and when we choose to put our faith in Him, we are making a statement that we believe that every promise is a "YES in Christ!" Choosing to have an attitude of gratitude is evidence of faith, and when we choose to be grateful, it transforms us in amazing ways.
One great mark of maturity is doing the right thing regardless of how you feel. Immature people only do what they they feel like doing, and because of that, often fail to do the right thing. Trusting in God means persevering in our circumstances, doing the right thing regardless of how we feel. Faith means persevering even when we feel like giving up.