This week at The Loft, we’re talking about spiritual warfare and sharing some of our favorite fighter verses for those times when we are in battle against the enemy.
No doubt, the enemy will not be happy that we are encouraging one another in this way.
Please know that I am praying for all who read these posts and for all who link up,
that God would provide a hedge of protection
AND that you will come away encouraged to continue fighting the good fight!
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Some of my favorite verses are the “fighter verses” – those that challenge us to get back up, to keep on going. The passage in Ephesians 6:10-20 about the putting on our spiritual armor for battle is one that has resonated with me. There is a particular piece to cover every part of us as we go into battle – a reminder that standing up to the enemy IS war.
I find, though, that when I am doing battle I often forget to rest.
Therefore, some of my favorite fighter verses aren’t about standing up, again and again, but about resting in God’s protection.
Psalm 23 – The LORD is my shepherd…and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. From beginning to end (of the passage and of our lives), He is caring for us.
Psalm 91 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High (vs 1)…
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you (vs 7)…
For he will command his angels concerning you (vs 11)…
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra (vs 13)…
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation (vs 16).
Psalm 16:8 – I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
And finally, the one that has spoken to me the most lately –
Psalm 4:8 – In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Spiritual warfare is so difficult, it takes its toll on us in every way imaginable. In my life it’s been very much like carrying the weight of my world on my shoulders. I am blessed to have family and friends who will check in on me, who will come around with chocolate or coffee (yes, really!), who will say the fighter verses that I need to hear, and who will gently and quietly remind me that God has already known what is just new to me today (on any given day). The calming, quieting words, the verses that remind me to rest – they are all refreshment to my soul in battle.
I recently watched “Facing the Giants” again, and I’d forgotten just how much this clip challenges me
I sometimes feel like this is how God can be in my life. He allows the challenge in my life and puts me in a position where I need to be warrior-strong. He meets me in the challenge and He pours out His strength and encouragement, and while I must fight the fight, He does not leave me. And when I open my eyes at the end of the challenge, I see that He was always there and the victory was secure because He would not let go. (make sure your sound is turned up…)
This is how I deal with spiritual warfare in my own life. Now it’s time for your thoughts. And if you don’t have a blog, but you want to add your thoughts, please feel free to comment at the bottom of the page and share your thoughts and fighter verses with us!
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This Week’s Topic: “Fighter Verses” (What are some of your favorite, well worn scriptures? Which ones do you find yourself going back to again and again? Tell us what spiritual warfare looks like for you and how you use God’s Word to be victorious. We look forward to learning from each other!)
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