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Girl, put your armor on

Ok my fierce warriors, today I’ll be wrapping up the mini series on the armor of God. We have seen the benefits of the sword as well as the shield.. And today we get to understand the rest of our defensive weapons:
-The helmet of salvation
-The breastplate of righteousness
-The belt of truth
-The readiness of the gospel of peace

Let’s dive in then, starting with the helmet:

“Take the helmet of salvation..” Ephesians 6:17

There’s a reason we were told to wear our helmet whenever we rode our bike or decided to rollerblade down the block when we were young.. If we didn’t and happened to fall “our brain would fall out.”

Similar to this real life image, the helmet of salvation saves us from death.

Salvation was a gift from God. It is unearned, only given. (If you are desiring to put the armor on I assume you have been given such a gift, if you haven’t all you need to do is pray to Him for it- “Father I admit I need you and can’t live this life alone, I believe in your son Jesus Christ, that He shed His blood and died for my sin, right now I thank you for this gift of salvation and confess Jesus as my Lord and savior. Thank you for loving me, in Jesus name amen!” 😊)

We don’t have to daily ask for this salvation, but we should recognize it daily. Once we accept salvation, it guarantees that we have victory in battle. Thankful to Jesus for defeating the enemy and giving us the inheritance of fighting from a place of victory rather than fighting for victory.

No one would go into battle without a helmet it would be insane to. So, when the going gets tough remember you already have the victory. 💪

The breastplate:

“..with the breastplate of righteousness in place,” Ephesians 6:14b

A breast plate is used in battle to protect from a direct attack on your heart. Righteousness does the same for us spiritually.

Righteousness is also something that has been inherited.
Once you accepted Jesus and had faith in Him, righteousness came. (Romans 3:22)

Our heart must be protected from things that are NOT righteous. In Proverbs 4:23 it advises, “above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Obviously without our heart we are lifeless.

We must monitor the things we allow to enter our heart, to raise them to the standard of righteousness.
For example: worrying constantly about health, finances, safety, etc. that might very well be an attack on your heart against the righteous truth in God being our healer, provider and protector.

When dealing with heart issues we have to cut them off at the source, which is normally a thought. The second a thought comes up we have to take action and take that thought captive. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Here is a clear picture on what we should be thinking,
“Finally, [brothers and] sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬)

Protect your heart, put that breastplate in place.

The belt:
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,” Ephesians 6:14a

What do belts do? Hold our pants up. -Unless we buy those super tight pants that look painted on.. Which shouldn’t be bought I’m just sayin ladies. 🙈Ha-

So why would we need a belt in battle? Because we don’t have time to constantly hike up our pants or risk a piece of armor falling off from having nothing to hold it up.

TRUTH is the belt that allows you to fight without being distracted by minimal things. Truth keeps the rest of the armor in place.. Without it, you have room to question your salvation, righteousness, faith etc.

The biggest distraction is when you are sideswiped and suddenly become less secure in what is true. When you trail off into uncertainty you lose stability and it is easier to take you out. Now if you’re fully secure in truth, you won’t even have to address the issue, you can remain focused on the battle.

How to put your belt on-
Read scriptures daily. Wake up with them. Post them on your mirror to notice before work, school, or the day. Then share that truth with another in need of it, sometimes when we do this we become even more convinced.

Be filled with truth. So that your day becomes a cinch. 😉

Lastly the shoes:

“..and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭15‬ NIV)

Basically we are to have ready feet.
What’s ready feet?” I’m glad you asked 😊

To have “ready feet” simply means to be prepared, to actively be ready. To fight, to stand, to further His kingdom, to flee a place we shouldn’t be in.. Etc.

I’m a visual learner so let me put a picture on this one…
I used to box. Boxing not cardboard boxes.. And whenever I got into the ring to spar (practice fight) my feet were probably the most important thing in the ring. If they weren’t ready I could’ve lost my balance. They had to be active in order to maneuver around my opponent or to approach them. If I allowed my feet to be all loosey goosey I would’ve got knocked out by the boy with whom I was fighting… Instead of me knockin his lights out. (True story 😁💪)

Point being I remained in my ready stance until the fight was over.

How to be active in your ready feet:
Be alert. Dialogue with Papa, ask what His direction is for you and your day or moment. It’s not just about battle it can be for your next destination too. No matter what, get close to Him so you know when and how to make your next move.

In boxing my coach remained outside the ring in my corner, shouting out different moves to make or what to avoid, “Don’t let your calves touch the ropes!”
“Keep your left hand up!”
“1,2 combination!” Etc.

With Papa it’s the same way, we just have to be actively ready to hear Him and willing to move.

Goodness this makes me want to get back in the ring! Haha.

Ladies I want you to know something,
You are just as spiritually powerful as a man is. We haven’t been given the “girl Holy Spirit.”
Although we may be the “easy” target on the enemy’s radar because of our vulnerability and sensitive side, does not mean we are weak and unprepared to fight! We have been chosen by Papa to live in such a time as this. Not just to nurture the babies and clean the kitchens. But to equally reign in battle to further His kingdom on this earth and see it rightfully turned over for Him.

We are Heroines. And Heroines we shall be!

Papa, I thank you for the full armor, for not counting us out as women but empowering us all the same. For choosing us and trusting us with this specific time on earth and rooting for us in it. Thank you that the victory has already been won, and for the sacrifice that it cost your son. I pray we would actively be ready and fully functioning within our armor daily, battle or not and continually learning the depths of your love for us throughout it all. In Jesus name amen!

Go get em tiger. 🐯💪

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni 💜

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Take up the shield

Last week I wrote about the sword of the spirit and how important it is to drench yourself in His word, The sharpest weapon we’ve been given… But what happens when the enemy strikes back?

Jesus didn’t just get tempted once in the desert; the enemy was determined to get Him to slip up.

But Jesus had FAITH. He didn’t just memorize scripture.. He had faith behind it.

Last blog was about declaring the word (drawing your sword) the sword doesn’t stand alone though, it needs the shield of faith.

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16

“The flaming arrows” can be anything from despair, doubt, fear, etc
basically LIES.. the shield –FAITH– covers you and interferes with those arrows.

(I know I mentioned the sword being used for this, but the sword in general is standing firm on His word/promises for any struggle or obstacle in life whether thoughts come or not.)

Let’s dive into this faith thing:

What is it?

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -” Ephesians 2:8

What does it do?

“..who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:5

The cool thing about Faith is, it isn’t just a defensive weapon used in battle..

It is fundamental in our relationship with Papa.
Although it is a gift, it still needs to be in a constant state of growth. We’ve been given a portion that must evolve, the only way we would see progression in that is by our noticeable different actions. (Like when trials come, and you start to respond with boldness in faith instead of fear,etc.)

Faith with out action is dead.

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds (actions) ? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-17

In a perfect world, we would always take Papa at His word and believe in His goodness 100% of the time, we wouldn’t doubt His love, or whether His promises to us are indeed truth. Sad thing is, we don’t easily believe Him.

Like I mentioned before, when we were younger we had crazy faith, we were so brave jumping from couch to couch or off the swing mid-air . Now, we seem to have deposited that faith into areas that don’t benefit us or our relationship with Papa… We believe more that bad things would happen to us than good things. We believe more in being bound by something than redeemed from it.

It’s time to see that mustard seed faith GROW. Mountains aren’t the only thing needing moving trucks.

“Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield all around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” Psalm 3:1-3

Not just in front. Not just behind.. All around you.

He is the shield. It’s not about our strength, it’s about our ability to remain in Him, staying close and remembering the promises He made.

Take up your shield princess.
Let your faith g r o w.

Papa, thank you for knowing what we need in each of our individual bouts and walks in life. Thank you for giving us exactly what we need at the precise time it’s needed. You are such a great provider and protector. Thank you for being our shield. I pray you would help us grow our faith. I pray boldness would come over us to pray boldly and ask for opportunities to allow our faith to grow to no longer be afraid or uncomfortable with things we do not understand, but secure in with whom we stand. Thank you for your love Papa, in Jesus name amen.

You needed faith to see those unspoken prayers come to fruition.. So speak them. 😉

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni 💜

Draw your sword

When you are actively changing old habits and being more positive, choosing to believe in the TRUTH about you and your life.. It’s all fun and games until the tempter comes with a lie or the same thoughts that came before you had a mindset shift…

Imagine yourself happy and having an amazing day and then out of nowhere the thought comes up, “your past is still your past you can never change it.” Suddenly you’re stuck like a deer in headlights feeling yourself now doubting your new found joy.

What do you do in that moment?

Common options:
A. You can choose to ignore it and continue to hum that song you were humming. Until it pops up again..
B. You can let it consume you and snatch your faith away. Ultimately robbing your victory.
Or C. You can DRAW YOUR SWORD. Which is the word of God👉The Bible.

We’ve been given armor. Protective armor to defend us in such a battle, but we’ve also been given a weapon.

In Ephesians 6:10-17 it speaks about this armor and daily putting it on. Lastly it says in verse 17, “take the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.

Without knowing the promises that are within His word we become unarmed and vulnerable prey. Ending up believing we have no power over this enemy and the very real feeling of defeat.

But WE DO! We do have the power to cause the enemy to flee, it’s found in speaking the word of God. – your sword-

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow..” Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬

Let me put some personal reality in this,
I used to deal with anxiety. It was the strongest hold on me during a season of my life, and I knew the Lord. But when trauma rose up, anxiety snuck in and I found myself shutting down. Literally withering away. I quit my job, quit driving, quit going places outside my safe home etc. it absolutely sucked. Until I got healed! It was the most free I felt in my entire life in that time and I was doing things! I started going places without freaking out, I started driving again, I got a job, I went out of the country for the first time! But, anxiety came up in situations that I allowed it to overtake me in the past and I had to stand my ground. Occupy my territory. I drew my sword. At that time it sounded like this, “I have not been given a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Or this, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) It wasn’t the confidence in myself to declare these promises to slice through anxiety, it was the confidence I had in Papa (God) knowing who He was for me in that season and realizing He never fails. This is real, it works. Trust me.

Even Jesus himself had to use the word of God to resist an attack from satan (Matthew 4:1-11) and we finish the verses seeing the enemy fled. The promises/scriptures are not some thing we just mindlessly rattle off out of routine.. They carry weight. Swords are heavy.

(I would love to layout every single promise the word has for us but that would be crazy long so you’re going to have to discover them yourself. -it’ll be fun, seek Him out, find out who He says He is for you. 😊-)

Just because we are women doesn’t mean we don’t know how to carry a sword! It’s not all glitz and glam because we are the princesses of the castle… We may have on a beautiful dress and our hair may be done rather well, but they better believe underneath we are armed and ready to fight should we have to.💪

Remember one thing, Jesus fought for us. The war has already been won. So when we do draw our sword that’s our only job.. Declaring out the promises and trusting to take Him at His word, He does the rest. 😉

I don’t want to impart worry or something because you had a thought that it would always be dandelions and hummingbirds… Because most of the time it can be, but there are times where that beautiful territory of yours (healing you received, mindset you overcame, breakthrough that happened, etc.) needs to be protected.

Heroine, It’s never been about your past. We don’t get fired at (with lies and their spiderweb thoughts) by our past or things we’ve done because it’s our consequence to those actions, we get fired at because our FUTURE threatens darkness. It’s why Eve got tempted in the first place, why she was approached first.. WOMEN ARE POWERFUL! We have INFLUENCE. And our enemy knew this from the very beginning.

Don’t go getting nervous! All we have to do is find out who Papa said He is for us, and listen to see who He says we are. And know He is with us every step of the way. We are confident because our daddy stands with us and has given us a weapon because He knew we would need it.

There is so much more to this! I scratched the surface and hopefully simplified it for you, but I encourage you to discover it for yourself. Search the word for promises. Ask Papa for more revelation on it. 😊

Ha wow I just saw a picture of a bunch of women walking up to this line drawn in the dirt they stand on, in their fancy dresses with their swords in hand. They look ferociously fierce. As the opposing side has ogres and other ugly giant creatures, they notice Jesus above them all smiling and nodding His head in approval. They smirk as they lift their swords and cross the line, only to see the opposition vanish and another piece of territory is occupied by these fearless heroines.

That’s one of those visions that just makes you say, “YES!!” Haha!!

Goodness.. That stirred me up!
Let’s pray,
Papa, thank you for the armor we have been given, and thank you that you have entrusted us with a sword. You always believed in us from the very beginning and you proved it by sacrificing your son even after the situation in the garden. I pray Papa that we would learn the ways of the sword and gain confidence in the truth that you are faithful and a man of your word, that we would encounter and envision you and ourselves in such a way that we become bolder and braver because of it! You’re such an awesome Papa, thank you for loving us. In Jesus name,amen.

Go take on the day you warrior!

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni 💜