True

“4 The weapons of the war we’re fighting are not of this world but are powered by God and effective at tearing down the strongholds erected against His truth. We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The Voice

True. One true God. Historically, true was not a word that packed a lot of punch for me.  As it becomes more and more challenging to tell the difference between pop spiritualism and the gospel, I am beginning to understand that true is a very powerful word.

True: Adjective– conforming to reality or fact; not false. Real, genuine, authentic. Sincere, not deceitful. Loyal, faithful, steadfast. Reflecting the essential or genuine character of something. Conforming to a standard. Exact, precise, accurate, correct. Legitimate or rightful. Reliable, unfailing, sure. Exactly or accurately shaped, formed, fitted or placed. Honest, honorable, upright.

As I look at these descriptions, they hold great power.  For me, it offers a word of caution.  We should be wary of things that do not reflect this description; things that are not true.

So Father, put a thirst in my heart for all things true, for all things of You.  Help me come to understand You as the One True God.  Help me embrace all the ways that You are true.  Father, I pray that I will be true to You in all things and in all ways.  Thank you for Your true and perfect love and mercy and grace.  Thank you for giving me these gifts undeservedly.  Thank you for loving me so true and unconditionally.

Matthew 6:22, 24:35; Mark 3:35, John 1:9, 3:21, 15:1

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Get Ready for a Fight

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For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 NIV

When I looked at this verse today I saw a few things I didn’t see before:

  • God goes with us to fight.  This means:
    • We have to show up for the fight.
    • He goes with us.

This gave me pause to think about how to become ready for a fight. It requires faith.  We have to go into battle with a victory mindset – meaning we have an expectation of success and/or a triumph over an enemy.  In order to have that expectation we cannot allow doubt or unbelief to go with us into battle.  We have to make sure they are not taking up any real estate in our minds.  Doubt and unbelief create internal battles that distract us from the battlefield.

  • God goes with us against our enemies.

So, who are our enemies? Well, Galatians 5:19-21 has a pretty good list: corrupt sexual relationships, impurity, unbridled lust, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, arguing, jealousy, anger, selfishness, contentiousness, division, envy of others’ good fortune, drunkenness, and drunken revelry. This is a war against our flesh. Satan is a spiritual enemy that uses these things of the flesh in combat.

  • God gives us victory. We do not fight like the world does.  God has given us tools to fight with in the name of Jesus:
    • We have divine power to demolish strongholds
    • We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God
    • Make every thought obedient to Christ

Father, thank you for going with me to fight for me against my enemies to give me victory.

Jeremiah 1:19, 1 Titus 6:12, Galatians 5:19-21, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5