This morning Pas was preaching out of the book of Ephesians, as he is doing a series on it. We read through most of chapter one and he was preaching the house down; but something had caught my attention. In chapter one toward the end there are some awesome verses about Christ and what God sent Him for; and what really stuck out to me was verse twenty-one: “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:” talking about where God set His Son, Christ, after raising Him from the dead. Does any of the verse sound familiar?
I immediately thought of chapter six of the same book, verse ten. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against PRINCIPALITIES, against POWERS, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And we all know the verses after that about taking up the whole armour of God.
But did you see that? I wonder if Paul realized he had used the same words at the beginning and end of his letter. Whether he did or didn’t, I needed that today. I don’t think it’s any secret that the devil attacks me on a regular basis. Sometimes, I just want to throw in the towel and wallow in selfishness and despair and admit, “Ok, Satan, you’re right, I am broken and useless.” But God SO does not want me to do that. Jesus is ABOVE all that. He alone can give me the victory. It is not in myself–that’s why I have to take up the full armour of God, and remember that Jesus conquered all this already. He is above the things I’m facing, so why should I be afraid?
Just my little revelation this morning. Side note: God has laid something on my heart to start work on. I don’t want to give details yet, but if you could just pray that He continues to reveal to my heart what I need to complete it, I would truly appreciate it. He is faithful! I am never NOT amazed at the fact that He continues to use me in spite of my failures, in spite of lost battles, in spite of brokenness. Never forget:
“When we see impressive people, we are impressed by their impressiveness. But when we see broken people, we are impressed by their God.” – Jason Gray