Today’s Tuesday Truth post is a little different. Instead of diving into a specific topic, I’m sharing some Scripture I run to in spiritual battles. Though Christ has forgiven us, we fight an ongoing battle with our flesh (aka, sinful nature). We also battle lies from Satan. The best thing to do is arm ourselves with the Word of God, our sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). Here are some Scriptures I meditate on…
“Sanctify them in truth; your word is truth” John 17:17. This is often my mental starting place. When I struggle with lies, the Spirit reminds me his Word is Truth.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me- practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9. This is packed with sweet Truth I need reminding of often. Matthew 6:25-34 also reminds me God is in control and deeply cares for me, so I’m not to worry. I read a quote once that said, “Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it?” and it deeply convicted me. When I struggle with anxious thoughts (or any thoughts not honoring the Lord), the Spirit reminds me of the types of things I’m to think on. This reorients my thoughts and heart to the Lord. Finally, I love Paul’s encouragement to practice these things. We want quick fixes, but walking in the Spirit isn’t a one-time thing. Like our children learning to walk, it requires practice- stumbling, getting up when we fall, and continuing to press on.
Romans 8. I won’t quote the full chapter here, but please read it for yourself (or listen to Risen Motherhood’s episode as John Piper reads it and provides exhortation- SO GOOD!). Here are some truths I meditate on from this passage:
- In Christ, we’re not condemned (vs 1).
- The same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead now lives in us (vs 11).
- Our current sufferings can’t even compare to the glory to be revealed to us (vs 18).
- The Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray, which is always in accordance with God’s will (vs 26-27).
- God works ALL things together for our good (vs 28).
- Since God is for us, who can be against us (vs 31)?
- Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from the Christ’s love (vs 35-39).
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:6. Our world is ever-changing, but Jesus is never-changing. When the changes and brokenness of this world are heavy, I rest in the character of God.
“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” Hebrews 12:6. Conviction doesn’t feel good, and neither does battling sin. However, it’s an assurance of our salvation.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15. When I’m struggling, I often allow that thing (a worry, sin, etc.) to rule my heart. I ask the Lord to help me keep him in his rightful place, on the throne of my heart.
I also asked social media friends to share Scripture they run to…
“The chapters of Romans where Paul discusses how God’s grace isn’t a pass to sin.” We’re covered in Christ’s grace. However, this doesn’t give us a license to sin and live as we choose (Romans 6). May these verses exhort us to continue denying our flesh and walking in the Spirit.
“Reading Genesis 3 again and seeing how it played out. Ephesians 6:10-18 that tells us about the armor of God.” Genesis 3 is when Adam and Eve sinned (the Fall). It’s good to be reminded of the start of sin and brokenness, and of the first mention of the Gospel (Gen. 3:15). Also, the word “battle” is frequent in this post, because we’re in spiritual warfare. The armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18) reminds us what we need to face this battle.
“John 10:10” Several mentioned this! It explains contrast between Jesus and the Enemy. Jesus gives life, but Satan steals, kills, and destroys.
One sweet friend shared this list of verses- Ephesians 6:10-18; Philippians 4:6-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 1 Peter 5:6-8; James 4:7; 1 Corinthians 6:12, 18-20; 2 Corinthians 3:18. Take a moment to look these up for yourself!
“I think it depends on the sin or lie I’m battling!” Amen! This definitely isn’t an exhaustive list. Stay in the Word to be equipped for every trial, lie, or battle!
Sisters, this scratches the surface of Scripture to hide in our hearts (Ps. 119:11). Daily, the Enemy wants to fill us with lies instead of God’s Truth. Daily, we battle sin and brokenness. This is why daily, we must feast on God’s Word and practice like Paul says in Philippians. We practice aligning our hearts and thoughts with God and his Word. We must have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:14-16) and allow his Word to dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16), so we may glorify him!
p.s. These promises are for believers in Christ. If this isn’t you, I invite you to turn from sin and to Christ today! Through his perfect life and death on the cross, Christ made the way for forgiveness. Through his resurrection, he made the way to have eternal life with him. Salvation is free, but we must accept this gift. Admit your need for a Savior, repent of sin, and confess Jesus is Lord! Then, these promises are yours! Even better, Christ is yours and you are his! Reach out to me or a local believer with questions.