Spiritual Battles

Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 10:4           

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but they are mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.     

We each fight spiritual battles every day. Discouragement, anger, stress and defeat are just some of the enemy’s tactics as he tries to bring you down. When the devil sees that God has something great for you just around the corner he will fight his hardest to keep you from what God has in store for you. Be alert and recognize his schemes so you don’t fall into his traps. Arm yourself with spiritual weapons, the Word of God and prayer. We will not win the war against evil by our own strength but by the power of the mighty God we serve. Whatever you are battling today remember that God is on your side and you are more than a conqueror through Christ.

Pour Out Your Heart

Lamentations 2 19

Verse of the Day:  Lamentations 2:19

Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.

God wants you to come to Him with the good and the bad. It’s easy to bring the good through praise and thankfulness but we also need to bring our problems and our troubles to Him. It doesn’t matter if it’s anger, frustration, confusion, pain, suffering, lay it all at His feet. Come to Him with a sincere heart, don’t hold back. Pour your heart out to God and tell Him exactly how you feel and what you need. He already knows what you’re going through but He wants you to bring it all to Him. God loves you and He hears every prayer. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8)

Envy Rots the Bones

Proverbs 14 30

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 14:30

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

When you have a real relationship with God, He changes your heart.  You start to feel freed from anger, worry and envy. You have peace in your heart and a hope that makes you joyful. But a heart that envies the happiness, prosperity and success of others exhausts the body and soul.  Don’t let envy steal your peace and joy, don’t let it affect your spirit or your health. Count your own blessings and be happy for the blessings of others. Trust in the Lord, what is meant for you won’t pass you by.

Bad Influences

Proverbs 22 24-25

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 22:24-25

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

It’s clear that our friendships can have an influence on us, either for good or bad. It’s important to choose the people who are close to us wisely. Choose godly friends that will be a positive influence in your life instead of people who can’t control their anger with whom you may eventually find yourself in a bad situation.  A bad temper is contagious.

Refrain from Anger

Psalm 37 8 

Verse of the Day: Psalm 37:8

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.

During an argument, in the heat of the moment sometimes we say things we don’t mean and may later regret. We let our anger get the best of us and we lose control of our emotions. Anger in itself is not necessarily a sin but how we handle that anger and letting it control us is where we cross the line. The Bible says that one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control and so with the help of the Lord we must learn to control our emotions. In order to learn to control our anger we should first acknowledge it and then pray about it, confessing our weaknesses to God and asking Him to help us deal with any underlying issues that may be causing our anger to surface in such a way. There are many techniques and resources that can help you with anger management and in some cases you might also want to seek help from your pastor or a professional.

Spiritual Battles

2 Corinthians 10 4

Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 10:4

For the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but they are mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.

We each fight spiritual battles every day. Discouragement, anger, stress and defeat are just some of the enemy’s tactics as he tries to bring you down. When the devil sees that God has something great for you just around the corner he will fight his hardest to keep you from what God has in store for you. Be alert and recognize his schemes so you don’t fall into his traps. Arm yourself with spiritual weapons, the Word of God and prayer. Whatever you are battling today remember that God is on your side and you are more than a conqueror through Christ.

Harsh Words Stir Anger

Proverbs 15 1 (2)

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Do your words build people up or tear them down? More importantly, do they reflect the love of God? Sometimes in the heat of the moment we may say unkind, cruel things that we really don’t mean, but once said they cannot be unheard. Reckless words cut deep and leave emotional scars and uncontrolled anger is hurtful to both the person who harbors it and to those around them. Learn to control your anger and choose your words wisely especially in difficult situations. Let your words be an encouragement and an inspiration to those who hear them. Let your words direct others to God’s love instead of stirring up anger.

 

Take Care of Your Soul

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Verse of the Day:  3 John 1:2

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

 

Make sure you take care of your body, but don’t forget to also take care of your soul, good health starts from the inside.  Do things that make you smile and bring you joy.  Do volunteer work, it not only helps others, it makes you feel happy too.  Forgive, let go of anger and hurt so you can move forward. And remember, the most important thing you can do for your soul is to spend alone time with God.

Pour Out Your Heart

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Verse of the Day:  Lamentations 2:19

Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.

 

God wants you to come to Him with the good and the bad. It’s easy to bring to the good through praise and thankfulness but we also need to bring our troubles to Him. He already knows what you’re going through but He wants you to bring it all to Him. It doesn’t matter if it’s anger, frustration, confusion, pain, suffering, lay it all at His feet. Don’t hold back, pour your heart out to God and He will give you peace.

A Bitter Heart

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 12:34

You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good?  For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

 

Don’t let evil thoughts and feelings fester in your heart.   If you are holding on to some sort of bitterness try to get to the bottom of what is making you feel this way. Ask God to help you get rid of any resentment and anger you may be holding on to. Eventually, what is in your heart will pour out of your mouth and cause you problems.