When doubt, confusion, anger, worry, discouragement and more come our way and we feel under attack what can we do?
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.
Right now, before the battle gets thicker,
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.
And pray for me, that words may be given to me when I open my mouth, to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news [of salvation], for which I am an ambassador in chains.
And pray that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly and courageously, as I should.
(Taken from EPHESIANS 6:10-20 AMP)
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord ; The humble and downtrodden will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me, And let us lift up His name together.
I sought the Lord [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant; Their faces will never blush in shame or confusion.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him from all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [with awe-inspired reverence and worship Him with obedience], And He rescues [each of] them.
O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.
O [reverently] fear the Lord , you His saints (believers, holy ones); For to those who fear Him there is no want.
The young lions lack [food] and grow hungry, But they who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing.
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you to fear the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worship Him with obedience].
Who is the man who desires life And loves many days, that he may see good?
- Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.
- Turn away from evil and do good;
- Seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous [those with moral courage and spiritual integrity] And His ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry [for help], the Lord hears And rescues them from all their distress and troubles.
The Lord is near to the heartbroken And He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin).
Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous, But the Lord rescues him from them all.
He keeps all his bones; Not one of them is broken.
Evil will cause the death of the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be held guilty and will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
PSALM 34:1-22 AMP
Do not worry because of evildoers, Nor be envious toward wrongdoers; For they will wither quickly like the grass, And fade like the green herb.
Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord , And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord ; Trust in Him also and He will do it.
He will make your righteousness [your pursuit of right standing with God] like the light, And your judgment like [the shining of] the noonday [sun].
Be still before the Lord ; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him; Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger and abandon wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evil.
For those who do evil will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord , they will inherit the land.
For yet a little while and the wicked one will be gone [forever]; Though you look carefully where he used to be, he will not be [found]. But the humble will [at last] inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity and peace.
The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth.
The Lord laughs at him [the wicked one–the one who oppresses the righteous], For He sees that his day [of defeat] is coming.
The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow To cast down the afflicted and the needy, To slaughter those who are upright in conduct [those with personal integrity and godly character].
The sword [of the ungodly] will enter their own heart, And their bow will be broken.
Better is the little of the righteous [who seek the will of God] Than the abundance (riches) of many wicked (godless).
For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the Lord upholds and sustains the righteous [who seek Him].
The Lord knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will continue forever.
They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, And in the days of famine they will have plenty and be satisfied.
But the wicked (ungodly) will perish, And the enemies of the Lord will be like the glory of the pastures and like the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke], They vanish–like smoke they vanish away.
The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and kind and gives.
For those blessed by God will [at last] inherit the land, But those cursed by Him will be cut off.
The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord , And He delights in his way [and blesses his path].
When he falls, he will not be hurled down, Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand and sustains him.
I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous (those in right standing with God) abandoned Or his descendants pleading for bread.
All day long he is gracious and lends, And his descendants are a blessing.
- Depart from evil and
- do good; And you will
- dwell [securely in the land] forever.
For the Lord delights in justice And does not abandon His saints (faithful ones); They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked will [in time] be cut off.
The righteous will inherit the land And live in it forever.
The mouth of the righteous proclaims wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice and truth.
The law of his God is in his heart; Not one of his steps will slip.
The wicked lies in wait for the righteous And seeks to kill him.
The Lord will not leave him in his hand Or let him be condemned when he is judged.
Wait for and expect the Lord and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; [In the end] when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
I have seen a wicked, violent man [with great power] Spreading and flaunting himself like a cedar in its native soil, Yet he passed away, and lo, he was no more; I sought him, but he could not be found.
Mark the blameless man [who is spiritually complete], and behold the upright [who walks in moral integrity]; There is a [good] future for the man of peace [because a life of honor blesses one’s descendants].
As for transgressors, they will be completely destroyed; The future of the wicked will be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord ; He is their refuge and stronghold in the time of trouble.
He is their refuge and stronghold in the time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and rescues them; He rescues them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him.
(Taken from PSALM 37:1-40 AMP)
Pull God’s Word off the shelf, unsheth it, grip it tight and stand.
Continually going back and relying on God’s Word is what helps me keep standing, hold my ground.
Chip Ingram and Living on the edge gives many good Bible studies & audios for individual or small groups.
One I listened to this morning gave
In Christ, Beetle