Boundaries, Battles, and Spiritual Armor
by Marge Purvis
with a little enhancement from Barb Shelton
What makes sticking to boundaries so difficult? Why do we struggle with just doing it?!
I am convinced that this is a spiritual battle. We are in a battle for healthy bodies and souls.
Battles, by their very nature, are hard and require the right equipment and preparedness of heart and mind.
Our enemy likes wimpy warriors – strong warriors who fall on their knees and seek their Heavenly commander terrify him.
Every time we put on God’s Armor and fight with our spiritual weapons, we gain ground… not to mention terrify the enemy.
But battles are not usually won once and for all. The enemy keeps coming back to challenge our reserve and our resolve.
The Apostle Paul challenges us to “Stand Firm.” The only way to fight is by putting on the whole Armor of God as laid out in Ephesians 6:10-11.
We’ve all read and heard this passage many times, but let’s read it again and ask God to take it deeper in us, especially in this arena of our battle with our boundaries with food and eating:
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to 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. (Ephesians 6:11-17)
We fall when we put on God’s Armor in the morning and then lay it down and forget about it… until we all of a sudden find ourselves experiencing defeat. Even though our Heavenly Father is with us 24/7, we get busy and gradually weaken.
Then comes the condemnation that we put on ourselves. “The club of condemnation” is not a piece of God’s Armor. It’s definitely a weapon, but it’s one the enemy uses to advance toward and against us. What we need is to take on weapons of righteousness. Like those found in 2 Corinthians 10:4:
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.”
HELPFUL, PRACTICAL ARMOR
So today choose to wear that Armor of God all day. Here are a few forms it may take:
Reminders posted where you can see them. Like truths God shows you as you are putting on that Armor at the beginning of the day. (These Love Notes from Jesus are in the form of a free printable by Barb Shelton. The video and this form are in Barb’s “Let’s DO This” group on Facebook.)
Truth Cards and Verses are a great way to keep these handy. Write them on cards or sticky notes. (Here’s an article – Truth Cards 101 – with lots of ideas and helps for making your own Truth Cards:)
A written prayer (by Barb Shelton) to pray when you start to weaken and realize you are open and vulnerable for a sneak attack.
Lord, my heart’s desire is that my thoughts, focus and purpose – now and in life in general – would be based on and all wrapped up in YOU, not in desiring more food or longingly looking forward to what and when I can eat next.
I do not want to give up my birthright of having a well-functioning body for “one more [unneeded] bowl of…” any food I just had for a meal that would take beyond my boundary of “5” if I were to eat more of it.
Lord, by your mighty power at work in me, I do not want to listen to or heed my head hunger, to give in to the temptation to eat outside of my boundaries. Instead… I am choosing right now to DIE to my “flesh machinery” that just wants to eat eat eat, more more and more! YOU are my food and drink, my highest joy!!!!! ALL the time!! Not just when I’m walking in victory!
I bring my broken appetite to You at the foot of the cross and ask You to put it to death… and replace it with the appetite You designed for me when You created me.
Would You show me one more good thing about abiding in You? Lord, I want to be normal-in-You! And I know my only hope for this is walking close to You, allowing You to do Your work deep in me!! “For apart from You, I can do nothing”!
(And back to Marge as we close:)
So today I join you in fighting this battle.
God is on our side and He will give the victory!
~ Marge Purvis ~
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