“I hear so many Christians murmuring about their imperfections and their failures and their addictions and their shortcomings and I see so little war! “Murmur, murmur, murmur, why am I this way?” MAKE WAR! If you wonder how to make war go to the manual. Don’t just bellyache about your failures. Make war!” -John Piper
In my last post (This is How We Fight Our Battles Pt. 1), I talked through and challenged us to be awakened to the fact that we are at war. Day in and day out, we are battling the enemy:
“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.” Ephesians 6:12
And if you are anything like me, it’s really easy to grow complacent where we live. We acknowledge our weaknesses and sin, then talk about them like they are a permanent appendage of who we are that will never go away. We see people that we love growing indifferent to the things of Christ and we feel sad but move on. People around us are crippling under the weight of pains or burdens and we shoot up a quick prayer. We hear stories of missionaries and martyrs and tip our hats of to them.
Y’all, the enemy is looking to steal, kill, and destroy and we are just kicking back and waiting for the weekend. I’m praying that God would awaken his Church (and you as you read this) to the war at hand and strengthen us to daily go to battle.
The two biggest areas where we can start battling is in The Word and in prayer. I want to give some of my favorite resources and tips for each to maybe aide you in making war!
The Bible tells us that God’s word is the sword of the Spirit and that it is alive and active. Whether its studying, memorization, or meditation, being in the Word daily is so important. It’s not a point of legalism or duty, but a very means to survive in the battle. When we know the truth, the truth will set us free (John 8:36), and the more time we spend with Christ, the more he becomes our greatest treasure and delight, which then overflows into and transforms every area of our lives.
Here are some of my favorite resources for studying the Bible:
- Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin — by far my favorite resource and the one that has changed everything for me.
- jenwilkin.net — the woman who wrote the above book also has studies/teachings on different books of the Bible that are free for download!
- shereadstruth.com — this ministry is FULL of incredible and beautiful resources to help you get into the Word. They have things for men, women, and children.
- Give Me Jesus Journal — this journal by Well Watered Women is designed to help you walk through studying scripture each day. Simple, easy, and beautiful.
- Scripture Typer App — scripture memorization is my worst discipline. This app has become my FAVE. It helps me work through memorizing scripture, gives daily/weekly reminds for review, AND gives me something else to do on my phone during down time than social media!!
- Precept Austin — a trusted website full of commentaries and translation on any text of scripture
- Blue Letter Bible — another trusted website full of commentaries and translation on any text of scripture
- ESV Scripture Journals — haven’t actually used these yet, but they are on their way and I’m BEYOND pumped. Great way to write lots of notes/really study.
Prayer is something I’ve really been fighting hard with lately. I have the opportunity to go to the God of the universe and plead before him. The scriptures tell us that, “whatever we ask according to his will, it will be given to us.” 1 John 5:14. And God’s will is directly laid out for us in scripture– how cool! So I’ve been learning to pray according to God’s will by praying through the scriptures and it’s changing everything (including my own heart)!
Here are some of my favorite resources on prayer:
- The Valley of Vision — a collection of Puritan prayers that we can pray, and that aide in growing our own prayer life. So good!
- Val Marie Paper Journals — her ministry is ALL about prayer and she has the best journals for prayer in any circumstance. I’m planning to order the 2019 prayer journal when it comes out!
- Journey Women Podcast — this specific episode is on prayer and super challenging. Journey women is such a great resources for all areas of the faith.
- Praying Together by Megan Hill — I haven’t personally read this book but have heard incredible things about it and plan to soon. There is so much power in not only praying, but praying TOGETHER with other believers.
- Praying the Word YouTube Videos — Donald Whitney has a series of videos that teach you how to pray the word. He breaks it down and makes it SO simple. They are easy to watch and apply and will change the name of the game in your prayer life!!
- ACTS Prayer Method — this is one of the first ways I learned how to pray. It’s a simple method to walk you through different parts of prayer.
Hope you find these helpful and encouraging! Now let’s battle, friends!!!
Fighting with you,