Today started out like most other days….although I am grateful to open my eyes each morning and thank God for all of my blessings every morning, I am not one to hop out of bed “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.” I hit the snooze [often more than once], metaphorically stomp my feet like a toddler in the midst of a Phase 5 Fit, and begrudgingly slither out of bed.
After I’m up, I’m usually fine and by the time I leave for work I’m usually smiling and ready to take on the day. Today was no exception. I only worked for a few hours today, I had a nice lunch with two lovely ladies before leaving the shop, and then ran a few errands. I had no negative interactions with anyone, but somehow by the time I got home I was in a funk….the devil was plinking at me. At first I didn’t even notice – he is so wily. It started out as a negative thought here, a self-criticism there…plink, plink, plink. By 4:00 pm I was sad and discouraged and lonely. I watched some t.v. [because that always helps…..please read the last line as it was intended – dripping with sarcasm] and finally I remembered to tell the devil something I recently heard on a podcast while I was taking a walk, “Get behind me, devil. I am not your business. I belong to God.”
I gathered up my art supplies, opened my Bible and began reading and doodling. While I was looking at different hand-lettering fonts on Pinterest, I came across a pin that I had previously saved to the “wrong” board. [I love God’s ‘coincidences!’] It is a page from Priscilla Shirer’s ‘The Armor of God‘ Bible study. As I do not have her permission to reproduce it, I will link you to Lifeway’s website so that you can purchase it if you’d like and I’ll just give you the highlights…..
Now that I’ve done some more research, I’ve found that the information is from Page 33 of the study guide. It is entitled ‘The Enemy’s Strategies’ and illuminates 10 strategies the devil uses to undermine women [and possibly men]. I will only give you the strategy titles below, but I encourage you to do what I am going to do….buy the study and find a friend who will journey with me through ALL the pages. It is so important to understand how the enemy will attack so that we can devise defenses against this sneaky, cunning, relentless predator.
How the enemy attacks:
Strategy #1 – Against Your Passion
Strategy #2 – Against Your Focus
Strategy #3 – Against Your Identity
Strategy #4 – Against Your Family
Strategy #5 – Against Your Confidence
Strategy #6 – Against Your Calling
Strategy #7 – Against Your Purity
Strategy #8 – Against Your Rest
Strategy #9 – Against Your Heart
Strategy #10 – Against Your Relationships
I nearly succumbed to the devil’s ‘plinking’ this afternoon – I was exposed, unprepared and vulnerable. But, I am happy to say that reminding him that I was none of his business led me to my Bible and to this excerpt from Priscilla Shirer’s study – two resources I definitely needed. I temporarily misplaced my armor but I can now confidently [until the next time he tries to attack] report that it’s all in place.
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rules and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Put on your armor every day….and remember to “be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, “Oh crap. She’s up!””