You see, the thing is - the devil can’t always really do too much directly to us but he can cause a storm around us. And what we need to realize is that sometimes we can’t control what’s going on on the outside, but we can control what is going on on the inside.
Soon as the preacher drops the mic on Sunday, you feel all fired up and charged to ecstatically live out true Christianity in the basic elements of it. Until your friend that owes you money skips their deadline on Tuesday and you just can’t keep your cool. Until that MPesa agent attendant, or that waitress goes all impolite on you on Wednesday afternoon and you cannot help but be crude in return. You’ve heard it said enough times, “don’t be a Sunday Christian.” But hey..we all know it just ain’t that easy. I mean, I’m a Christian but I got feelings too yoh!
Gone are the days when Sunday just serves as an antidote shot for us. We need God’s grace all week long; every single day, every single time, with every single breath we take. When the Spirit of God is living in us and His Word actively working within us, then we have all the grace we need to get through. We cannot make it through the details of this life without God.
He gave us all the weapons but it remains a fight. The secret is in using the weapons and doing so well. Every single day, for as long as you have the Spirit of God living in you, you are in battle. The powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil are not about to let you go; if anything, they’re coming at you even harder as you grow deeper. That is why the storms are raging on the outside. Aggravating situations and people surround you every once in a while.
Here is how you can win with God in daily living:
- Ask God for the ability to see things, situations and people as He does.
God welcomes your questions and wants to give you the knowledge, wisdom and discernment you need to go through life.
- Get to know how the enemy operates.
Hate to admit it, but this little guy is not to be ignored. Know how he traps you. Know how he gets at you. Remember His power is limited and tap into the limitless power.
- Put on your battle gear.
Put on the belt of truth by living in honesty and integrity; the breastplate of righteousness by pursuing purity. Stand on the gospel of peace by trusting God to empower you to deal successfully with any situation you face and letting the reality of His help give you peace in all circumstances. Put on the shield of faith by having faith in God’s promise to do what He says He will do, which will give you courage when you face challenges. Put on the helmet of salvation by protecting your mind from unhealthy thoughts and asking the Holy Spirit to renew your mind. Wield the sword of the Spirit by using the power of the Bible to cut through the many different messages communicated to you each day, so you can discern what’s true and what’s not.
- Pay attention to a vital battleground; your mind.
You can’t always follow your mind. It’s a major playground for the enemy.
- Check your heart daily.
Remember, it’s not always about what others are doing to you, you also have a part to play. Be what you want others to be to you. Our standard is Jesus.
- Use the power of God’s Word to fight.
- Use the power of prayer to fight.
- Pay attention to the condition of people’s hearts.
- Live like hell is real; live like heaven is real.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Friend, it is well. It is well. The one phrase that will never turn cliché. Three words that carry so much weight, especially when you understand the wonders they have worked in your life.
Whatever comes my way, I wanna be okay. I desire to be peaceful; calm, rested and assured at the feet of Jesus, regardless of the turbulence. I want to act in wisdom, speak words of grace seasoned with salt even when insults are hurled at me and my grace is spat on. I want to see people through the lens of grace and love as Christ does, even when they are absolutely undeserving of it. I want to act in genuine humility, even in the most glorious of days. I desire to bear a grace that people will totally not understand. I believe you do tooJ
Say this in your heart right now:
“Lord…Help me maintain.”
This piece has been heavily inspired by Jonathan McReynold’s ‘Maintain’ ft. Chantae Cann.
Glory to God.