Don't let your guard down

Following my baptism, I thought life would be smooth-sailing. That all of a sudden the condition of my heart would be perfect. I thought I knew how to love others, how to pray for them rather than judge, and that I'd always be a light within the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit lives in me but that doesn't mean I don't struggle or that I'm now a saint. I pray that God help me be patient, loving, kind, selfless, and hardworking because my flesh gets in the way.

After I was baptized, I let my guard down. The enemy was attacking me in so many different ways, keeping me from my brothers and sisters, pointing out all of the flaws and imperfections of the church, and concealing the sin in my own heart. When I shared what was going on with my brother, he said I was going through spiritual warfare. To be honest, I had no idea what he was talking about. I always knew and acknowledged that Satan was real, but I didn't know much about spiritual attacks. Once you acknowledge they're real, you can guard your heart, mind, and spirit. 

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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.13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

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