Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Modern Day Samaritan Woman

A Test in Obedience – 31 Days
Head Covering / Prayer Room / Facing Giants
Day 10 : DISCORD / WARFARE




The challenge to pray with a head covering has never abated or faded and as the process continues I have discovered that the deeper I press in; so too does the discord and contention rage around me. Very personal attacks are occurring pertaining to random things that can’t be countered, foreseen or even addressed. I don’t take this lightly and am fully convinced that the enemy of my soul does not want me to succeed and continue. I have found that despite all these things, I am more determined to take up this challenge.

However, it is clear that I will have to be strong in the Lord in order to continue.

Pressing through to the Throne Room requires passing through the spiritual dimension (this is the dimension that the enemy inhabit, so it’s clear that in order to pass through safely, un-hindered and un-harassed, I not only have to be dressed appropriately (Spiritual Armour), I also have to be covered by the blood of Jesus.

The enemy of my soul is unseen; however, despite this the fiery darts are very accurate and can distract or even discourage us from pressing in. 

Ephesians 6:10-18
The Armor of God
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 
Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. 
Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 
So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 
Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people. (AMP) Emphasis my own

Spiritual Lesson :
I don’t know always know what lays in the balance, but I am aware that this is a very real, very dangerous battle, and the enemy is out to thwart and destroy anyone who is committed to pray and be obedient to the word of God. I therefore need to be strong in the Lord AT ALL TIMES.


Physical Lesson:

The practise of wearing the prayer shawl has become quite natural to me now; and regardless of public opinion regarding the irrelevance thereof, I am even more convinced that it is not only necessary; but imperative as the wearing of the head covering is an outward sign to the seen and unseen world that I am in complete and total submission and obedience to my God. There is no other place I would rather be than in complete submission and obedience to my Lord and King and when He instructs (in scripture) that I obey His commands, I intend to do so willingly, without contention.


 Prayer:

Father God, Thank you so much for the provision in Your Word that serves to guide us in preparation for this very real battle that we are in. Help us to arm ourselves appropriately, battle ready and unafraid to face the onslaught of the enemy, not only for our sakes; but for the sake of our family and loved ones for whom we intercede.

In Jesus Name we pray…Amen!!!

*Hugs* till next time.

Ariéte