Pick It Up!

“He will keep you strong to the end.” – 1 Corinthians 1:8

For the last week, I’ve been struggling with fearful, anxious thoughts. I’ve been wound up in worry. The enemy has whispered a boatload of lies in my ears, and I’ve believed them.

Yesterday, though, the Lord led me to a verse that put an end to all that nonsense. It was the power-packed promise of 1 Corinthians 1:8: “He will keep you strong to the end.” Immediately, the lies were silenced. I took those negative thoughts captive and replaced them with the truth. I can accomplish what God is calling me to do. The Lord is with me. He is my Strength.

Anytime we step out in faith, such as when we participate in a Daniel Fast, we should expect to encounter resistance from the enemy. We can be assured that Satan will do everything he can to keep us from following through with our commitment to the Lord. If we want to stand firm and not be leveled by our adversary’s verbal barrage, we must use the spiritual weapons God gives us. That way, when the attacks come, we’re ready.

The Bible says that God’s Word is the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). This powerful weapon cuts through lies and exposes them. It puts to death negative thought patterns and sinful behaviors. However, when we fail to pick it up each day, we’re unable to fight effectively. Vulnerable and weak, we become easy prey for the enemy.

If you haven’t opened the Word yet today, now is the time to do it. Pick up the only sword that will give you victory.