How easy is it to say those words, "I trust Him?" Like the saying goes, it's easier said than done and I agree 100%. There's also the saying, actions speak louder than words. Both phrases have been key components to my test . This ongoing battle that I no longer can face alone. Being a close-knit family is how I was raised my entire life. My family is that family. The memories of my grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, EVERYONE that showed up at your extracurricular activities are invaluable. We are in no way overbearing. My mother was very much involved in my life and I thank God she was, to this day. Honestly, when I reflect on my childhood, its those memories I remember: my brothers and sister alongside my parents in the stands watching my softball games, going to my sisters cheer camps, taking batting practice with my younger brothers at the crack of dawn, and so many more that I could go on for days (but I won't)...to me, that is love. God blessed me with this crazy, passionate group of people, I call family, for a short period of time and I plan to make the most of every day. I pray fervently that anything or anyone will ever come between "my people."
God's Word warns us of this: temptations, forces, and the Father of Lies himself, Satan. Ephesians 6:12 reads, "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." The Book of Ephesians, as Priscilla Shirer explains in her book, Armor of God, is a delicate mix between God's gifts and our responsibilities. For me, Ephesians has quickly become relatable and a tool against Satan's tactics. The bible discusses the Satan's most effective tools against His people: Deception, Doubt, Discouragement, Diversion, Defeat, and Delay. We are in constant battle, friends. He (the Devil) is in constant battle for our hearts, our minds, and our spirit. We, as warriors of His army, must be ready for these attacks because nothing about this battle will be easy (refer back to my previous post about the Armor of God). I will tell you firsthand, my family is under attack. I don't know why this is happening or why God is allowing it to continue but, I am determined to win this war (with my armor, of course). Patience and trusting in Him, I have found to be the most challenging. So friends, I welcome you to join me in putting on your Armor of God against He who is of this world ( 1 John 4:4) because He already knows that he's been defeated. Praise His Name!