Stand Firm

Hey God, I’m having a good day today and I figured I’d do some devotions and maybe find something “Christian” I can do… I read Matt 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…

So let’s go! What do I need to do before we go?

1 Cor 15:5-8 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Stand firm… Ok I have my feet planted… Let’s go… I’m ready! Ohh umm… What about that “always”? I could maybe always give up a few hours on most Saturdays… Yah, that should be enough right?

Yah… What else?

Ephesians 6:10-17 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish 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.

Standing firm seems to be really important… Shoes, shield, flaming arrows and still other pieces…

This isn’t as easy as I thought…

I mean today is a good mental health day and this seems to be a lot… What, what do I do on the not so good days?

Psalms 1:6a For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

Yah that’s true… and I remember a bit of

Psalms 23 the rod and the staff comfort me… Oh and even when I go through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me

Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Job 22:21 Submit to God, and you will have peace;
then things will go well for you.

It’s great to know you are with me but I still feel scared…

Phil 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Let your gentleness be evident to all.

The Lord is near.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Peace? I’m not sure what real peace feels like… My thoughts can be so scrambled…

I’d like to find peace… But what do I do with all the thoughts running around in my head?

2 Cor 10:3-5 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

So if I take as many thoughts as I can my mental health issues will be gone?

2 Cor 12:7-9 I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.

For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Ahhh, I think I get it. People need to see how Christians deal with what life throws them… For me it’s mental health issues…

The weak and strong… I need let go of my way of dealing with it and let God.

I think that is the “let your gentleness be evident to all” back up there with rejoicing… And I’m to be meek

Matt 5:5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

So God, I’m going to take off my shoes and let’s spend some 1:1 time together so I can stand firm…

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