He Is The Lifter Of My Head, Part II
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
The other day my four-year-old son walked into my room and asked, “How are you, Mom?” I told him that I was fine. He then asked, “Are you peaceful or maddening?” I cracked up. At the time I was feeling peaceful. But, clearly, my son has seen me in some of my more maddening moments. So, how do we live a life that is more peaceful than maddening?
Last week we began the discussion on how to truly live a life of victory. We saw how the scripture Psalm 3:3 reminds us what a glorious God we have. One who provides protection and love all at the same time. “You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” (Psalm 3:3 NKJV)
We examined the scriptures to discern that we have an enemy who uses our sins and weaknesses against us. So we recognize that when we fight this battle, we are not fighting people, we are not fighting ourselves, and we are not even fighting our sin. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, “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.” (NIV)
Our battle is not with the things of this world, and neither are the weapons we use. No, we use the weapons provided by a Mighty God to demolish all of our strongholds. And Ephesians 6:10-17 tells us exactly how to do that. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 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.” (NIV)
Buckle the belt of truth around your waist. Know who Jesus Christ truly is. Know the character of God by spending time in His word and seeking His face. He wants to commune with you. We have to make time for Him.
Put on the breastplate of righteousness. We are called to live righteous and holy lives. We don’t do this alone. We can’t do this alone. We do this by the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. We do this by walking with Him, examining ourselves, and surrendering our will to Him on a daily basis.