|Doctor and His Patient by Jan Steen (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).|
Your body’s immune system needs protection from all that attacks and sickens your body. But what about your resistance to spiritual attacks? How do you combat the constant assaults on your spirituality that leave you emotionally drained, confused and self-centered? Here are ten that work for me:
1. Plug in. Strengthen your faith by increasing your daily prayer time to connect with God your creator; Jesus, your brother; and the Holy Spirit, your advocate, who keep you grounded in who you are as a spiritual being.
2. Arm yourself with Ephesians 6:10-17: “Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench 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.
3. Watch your emotions. Emotional eating, drinking, shopping or other excesses ease your insecurities, but only briefly. They delay lasting fulfillment that comes as you confront your fear, anger and confusion. Instead, trust God with every need and every emotion. Eating that third helping or buying that 50th pair of shoes quiets your cravings for now but then makes you crave more. Only the Lord can fulfill your deepest desires and hungers.
Read the rest at Nancy's blog JOY Alive in our hearts.