“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8

“Now thanks be to God who ALWAYS leads us in TRIUMPH in Christ, and through us manifests the fragrance of His knowledge in EVERY PLACE. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-15

No matter who you are or where you are headed in life, if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are at war! It seems that there has been an all out attack on God’s people as of late, BUT I want to encourage you my friend – no matter how things may appear at this time, you will triumph in every place!

It is vital that we clothe ourselves in God’s spiritual armor at this time. Just as a soldier would never go into the battlefield without his riffle and grenade in hand, we are soldiers for Christ and it is essential that we put on the whole armor of God during the battles of life.

We MUST encourage ourselves in God’s Word! It is not time to back up or give in! Our greatest days are yet ahead. As David declares in Psalm 42:5, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? HOPE IN GOD, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.”

Isaiah 60:2-5 states, “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you. And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and Kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.”

Hold on -your greatest days in Christ are yet ahead! Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us how to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Let’s pray the prayer below together, shall we?

“Lord I put on the whole armor of God that I may be able to stand against the scheming of the devil. I recognize that I am not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. I choose to take up the helmet of salvation and ask that every thought we made captive to the Word of God. I put on the breastplate of righteousness and declare that my emotions and thoughts come under the authority of God’s Word. I wrap my waist with the belt of truth that I may know the truth of God’s Word and that this truth will set me free. I pick up the sword of the spirit, which is God’s Word and I declare that it is living and active and sharper than any sword, piercing through soul and spirit. I raise my shield of faith so that every fiery dart of the enemy will be quenched and not prevail against my family or me. And I will pray continually for God’s people. I know the end result – WE WIN! If God is for us, then who can be against us? I declare victory over the lives of God’s people this day. I rebuke the devourer. I take back what the enemy has stolen from me and I declare confusion in the enemy’s camp. I choose this day to stand strong in the Lord and I will triumph in every place! Amen.”