When I read this verse recently, it reminded me that God has given us such wonderful instructions. There are four right here in this verse, and I think they are very applicable to our current situation.
Keep alert. We want to be vigilant. We don’t want our circumstances to give the devil a foothold in our thinking. This reminds me of another verse from 1 Peter 5:8. “Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.” (NRSV)
Stand firm in your faith. In 2 Timothy 1:13, we read, “Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (NRSV) We want to hold on to the truths that God gives us in His word. That will help us stand.
Be courageous. If we are to be courageous, we have to cast away fear. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” (NRSV) Part of being courageous is using what God has given us, His Holy Spirit and prayer. “Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18 (NRSV)
Be strong. Ephesians 6:10-17 tells us how we can be strong. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” What a great picture this represents.
When I write my books, I like to put my characters into situations that force them to confront their beliefs and help them rely on God to find their way in their troubled circumstances. I always hope that my readers will find things in my stories that will bring them closer to God and strengthen their faith.
Today is release day for Second Chance Love. Last month I talked a little about how I came to write this story. My hero and heroine have to be courageous and strong in their faith to overcome the past and find love again. I hope you’ll look for the book at these retailers.
Since a lot of you may be reading more, I’m giving away an ebook copy of Four Little Blessings. Tap on the word Book Funnel to get your copy. The giveaway is good through May 2, 2020.
Blessings and happy reading,