The Shield of Faith!
Lately I have been learning about forgiveness. Again!
This time not so much about the big ugly things of our past, I have been through that cleansing process already and am beyond thankful to have taken a few years to forgive myself, others and even God for a lot of the past. No God does not need my forgiveness, but it sometimes frees us to admit our anger or resentment towards God.
This time it is about the seemingly little everyday occurrences of life that happen just by doing life with other humans. I am learning that when I “think” I have every right to stay hurt, or offended the truth is Jesus said “you are to forgive 70X7 times” which =490 times EACH DAY even if it is the same person who hurts you.
That’s a lot!
Trust me, I understand, sometimes the anger feels so justified, sometimes the hurt is so very very real, but Jesus makes it pretty clear to the disciples, forgive 7X70. (period) no exceptions.
I have this category here on my blog called “worry, wonder and minimeltdowns” I have heard people call these minimeltdowns “their wrestling matches with God.” But me, I just call it like I see it, “adult temper tantrums” because basically we are saying, “I don’t want too, I don’t want to forgive them God.”
We want to hold onto the anger, because it feels justified and to be honest it feels good. It feels like we are getting them back by staying angry.
The truth is “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 NASB
The people we sometimes refuse to forgive are not our problem but the enemy would love for us to think they are the problem because it is really him who is the problem.
So what do we do?
The very next verse in the Bible after warning us that our fight is not against flesh and blood is “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace
The very next verse says 6 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-15 NASB
As I was studying a bit for this blog post, I saw that the scripture reads “you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one with this shield of faith”. Ephesians 6:16 NASB
And I fell head over heals in LOVE with the word, ALL.
I will admit to you that I have struggled in the past with believing the lie that the devil is more powerful then God, WHAT ON EARTH I KNOW. And friends I will tell you, believing that will create gripping fear in your life. And sadly that is how I have lived most of my 37 almost 38 years.
Gripped by fear, which is just a big fat ugly lie from the very pit of hell.
So, as I was learning this and going through one of the toughest months I have had in a while, I would smile on the inside when I picked up this really groovy bracelet from a company called Gracewear. As all of their jewelry represents the Shield of Faith.
It was like a sweet little (but powerful) reminder that My God, has me covered with His armor.
People would often notice and comment on the bracelet but they didn’t know what it stood for, it was like a nod from God, “I have got you girl”.
So guess what, I have the same SUPER groovy bracelet (see here) to give-away to one of you sweet readers. Comment below with a verse from scripture that encourages you and I will put you in a hat and draw to see who wins. We wear lots of hats in sunny Southern California.
Ps. My next giveaway (shoes from a certain One for One company) will be for my email subscribers exclusively. Sign up to receive my blog in your inbox.
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Love you always,