Week 7: The Sword of The Spirit

Well friends here we are, our last video for our summer study! I pray you have found this study to be life changing for you.  Thank you for being a part of our first ever Online Bible Study. I hope you’ve enjoyed our videos and articles from our guests each week. Please let us know what you enjoyed most and would like to see more of and if you would consider joining us in a future study.

I would like to give a great big thank you to each of our guests. Julie Jackson, Cheryl Nalian, Tiffany Theisen, Libby Brozik, Meg Knauf and Cheryl Bongiorno, thank you for being a part of the study.  Thank you for sharing what God placed on your hearts with us, for being vulnerable and transparent and for being faithful servants! And a big thank you to Fran Maddock for taping and editing all our videos, what a blessing you are! Fran also has a surprise for you all tomorrow so come back for one last post.

In the video I mention Priscilla Shirer’s new book, The Prince Warriors. My daughter and I just finished it up and she loved it so much! We are anxiously waiting for book 2! Visit the website for more great information.  http://theprincewarriors.com

Prince Warriors 2

Remember to come back tomorrow for one last post from Fran! Here is our week 7 video, The Sword of the Spirit…enjoy!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Ministry

 

 

 

 

Week 6 Recap

Hello and welcome to the end of week 6: The Helmet of Salvation!  Priscilla says on day 1 of our homework, “Your salvation becomes a defensive, protective device that covers you, shields you , and protects you against the schemes of the devil. It enables you to lead whole healthy lives not fractured by the enemy’s deceptive strategies.” Friends, we are nearing the end of our study together and my prayer is that this study has been life changing, that it not just be another study done and checked off but one that will remain with you for a lifetime so that you may live victoriously!

Join us on Monday for our last video, The Sword of the Spirit. Have a great weekend!

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Ministry

Week 6 Questions

Week 6 Salvation

Hello dear sisters!  I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed our video and article from Cheryl this week. I pray that you’ve been learning to protect your mind by putting on the helmet of salvation to live victoriously!

Today we have a few questions for you to consider.  We want to hear from you so share your thoughts with us.

  1. What are you learning as you record your Actionable Intel each day in your homework?
  2. What does applying salvation to your daily life actually look like? What practical benefits do you see filtering into your experience? See page 155 of your homework.
  3. Review “My Inheritance and Identity in Christ” on page 178 & 179 and share how the truth of God’s Word has changed you and is still changing you to become all that He desires for you.

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Ministry

The Helmet of Salvation

Week 6 Helmet of Salvation

Hi Girlfriends!

Can you believe it?  We’ve made it all the way to Week Six of our study.  Good for us! That is no small task in the summertime, when life takes on a whole different meaning to those of us who are called, “Michiganders”!  Winter comes all too soon, so during the summer months we are all clinging to the warm weather and trying to suck dry every ounce of sun before it’s gone.

I’m really impressed that you have carved out some time for God in your busy summer days.  Jesus told Martha, that Mary had chosen the better part (Luke 10:42).  She just wanted to spend time with Jesus.  Can you relate to Mary?  Mary wanted to sit at the Master’s feet and listen.  I’m so grateful that God has given us His Word so that we can also sit at His feet and listen to Him.

This week we are focusing on Ephesians 6:17a, “and take the helmet of salvation”.

So what exactly does it mean to “take” or “put on” the helmet of salvation?  I think it means to allow God’s Word to influence my thoughts, my attitudes, my decisions, my mind.  I think it means to allow God’s Word to change my mind so that it will reflect His views, His purpose, and His character.  My salvation through Jesus Christ will form a protective helmet to cover my ears and my mind from the lies of the enemy.

The devil is trying his best to prevent us from taking God’s Word too seriously.  He’s okay with us reading Scripture, as long as we don’t actually believe it! In other words, I can go to church, be in a bible study – and the devil is okay with that – until I begin to take it seriously, and realize that I really am a daughter of God, and with my salvation has come a whole new identity.  My identity changed when I was reborn.  My spirit is now alive and I am being transformed by the Holy Spirit!    Once we begin to think like God wants us to think – once we put on our helmet of salvation – the devil has just lost the battle!

Consider this: 

  1. How has your salvation changed how you view yourself?
  2. Who is winning the battle for your thoughts? By this I mean, do you look at your situation as hopeless?  Are you discouraged or depressed?  Or do you look at your life through a filter of God’s Word, knowing that He has everything under control?

 

This week we will be examining our inheritance in Christ.  What is the inheritance, and what are our benefits?  In order for us to have protection from the enemy, we MUST KNOW what God’s Word tells us about our inheritance.  We need to understand what our salvation means to us.

 

When the devil tells me that I am:

  • Unworthy
  • Unloved
  • Incapable
  • Undesirable
  • Unforgivable
  • Unknown
  • Insignificant
  • A mistake

 

I can demolish those thoughts by just refusing to believe them.  Instead, I need to fill my head with what God says is true.  I speak to myself something like this… “I reject that thought.  I refuse to believe that I am unloved, because God’s Word tells me that He loves me.”  I agree with God, even when I don’t feel particularly loved.  I trust God is telling the truth.  Always.

 

“The weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:4-5 HCSB)

 

My precious sister, you are so valuable!  You are so greatly loved by God!  Your life has great significance!

 

Do you believe that?  Let’s put the helmet of salvation on and keep it there!

 

This is a subject that I know well, because I have struggled and battled so much with thoughts about myself that were the opposite of what God’s Word says.

 

Like most of you, I believed many untrue things (lies) about myself.  As a child, I was rejected by people I loved, and made to feel I was not smart, and that I was insignificant.  My self-identity was formed by what people told me.  No one told me that God loved me, or that God had a good plan and purpose for my life.  I didn’t read the Bible, and obviously wasn’t saved.  But one day, I was led to saving faith in Jesus Christ, when a friend shared the Gospel with me.  That day I was reborn and my identity changed forever – but I didn’t understand my inheritance until much later.  Satan could still deceive me and use people to make me believe the lies, because I didn’t know about my inheritance.  Do you know who you are, now that you are saved?

 

Maybe in your case, it was just the opposite.  Maybe you were told that you were the most wonderful, beautiful, intelligent person in the world.  Maybe you were filled with untrue things (lies) about yourself that filled you with pride and vanity, and a self-glorifying image.

 

It doesn’t really matter what you were told before you were saved, because now you need to  learn your true identity based on what Jesus Christ has done in you and for you.  Remember – there will always be some people who think highly of you, and some people who don’t.  You can’t let people’s opinion decide your identity. I am NOT who people say I am.  I am who God says I am.  God is the only One who can tell me the truth about my identity.  I can trust Him.

 

One thing we need to understand is that whether we think too highly about ourselves or think too poorly about ourselves, it is too much time thinking about OURSELVES!  One of Satan’s snares is to get us to keep our focus on us, so that we won’t have time to reach out and bless others.   Let’s not be ignorant of his devices.  Put your helmet of salvation on, and understand that everything that is good came from God – we didn’t do it!   Praise His Holy Name!

 

Questions: 

  1. Can you say with me, “I am who Jesus Christ says I am”?  If you said no,  why not?  What is holding you back?
  2. What are some of the lies that the enemy uses to keep you defeated or at least keep you from experiencing God’s hope and joy?

 

Not only did Jesus’s death and resurrection save you from experiencing God’s wrath, it also equipped you with everything you need to experience entrance into His Kingdom.  Only holy people are allowed there.   If we are going to be living in God’s holy presence, we will need to think holy thoughts.  Let’s put on the helmet and begin thinking like He thinks!

 

“Finally brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise – dwell on these things.”  Philippians 4:8

 

Let’s talk!  Please respond to this blog and let me know how Week Six is going for you! 

 

You are greatly loved, Daughter of God!
Cheryl Bongiorno

Week 6 Question/Discussion Starters

Week 6 Questions and Discussion Starters Canvas

Hello friends! Today we just want to encourage you to keep using your prayer cards in the back of the Bible Study Book, post them someplace you’ll see then throughout your day. I pray that through this study, this has become a habit that will stay with you long after our study is over. Here are some questions for you to consider or discuss with others if you’re doing the study with a friend.

  1. How often do you recall your salvation and the transformation Jesus brought to your life? What is Jesus currently doing in your life and how does your relationship with Him impact you daily?
  2. What are some ways to describe the truth of salvation and the helmet of salvation with other women?
  3. Do you usually tend to think of salvation only in terms of what it meant for your past (justification) or your future (glorification)? Or do you also think of it in terms of daily living (sanctification)?
  4. Let us know how we can encourage you and pray for you.

I hope you have a wonderful week of study! Keeping you and your families in my prayers!!

In His Love
Melisa
One Heart Ministry

 

Week 6: The Helmet of Salvation

Hello friends, welcome to Week 6: The Helmet of Salvation! I hope you’re enjoying the summer and our study, both are going by so fast. This week we are going to learn how to put on the Helmet of Salvation so we don’t leave our minds exposed and unprotected against the schemes of the devil. Priscilla Shirer says, “As long as you don’t apply salvation to your life, you’ll still be vulnerable to his attacks every day for the rest of your life, even if you’ve gotten save.” Let’s not live a life vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks!

Here is Cheryl Bongiorno to kick us off with The Helmet of Salvation…enjoy!

Week 5 Recap

Hello sisters loved by God! Welcome to the end of week 5: The Shield of Faith!  Priscilla says on day 3 of our homework, “Taking up the shield of faith is like writing a check of trust to God. It is proof that you trust Him like you say you do. Yes, faith usually involves sacrifice because it likely involves some level of risk on your part. But it’s worth taking if the One on whom you’re depending has proven Himself dependable, time and time again, from one generation to the next. Your God is faithful – “faith-full” – and this is why you can live a faith-filled life.” I pray that you are living a faith-filled life!

I hope you enjoy our recap with Meg!   Have a beautiful weekend! Stay tune here to the blog for week 6 starting on Monday.

In His Love,
Melisa
One Heart Ministry

 

 

Week 5 Questions

Week 5 Questions

Hello dear sisters!  It’s been so encouraging to hear from some of you that you’re enjoying the study. What a powerful study it’s been! I hope you’ve been able to dig into God’s Word this summer and hear what He has to say to you personally on the Armor of God. I pray that the things we’ve study have been life changing for you!

Today we have a few questions for you to consider. Even if you don’t share your response with us here, please take time to answer them for yourself or perhaps share with each other if you’re doing the study with a friend.

  1. Why do you think Paul may have gone to greater lengths to accentuate the benefits of this piece of armor?
  2. Review page 134, The Turtle Formation. What does this say about how we should concern ourselves with building up the faith of others? And, how should active faith strengthen the broader community of Christ?
  3. What concepts illustrate how faith actually says more about the integrity of the object of faith rather than the strength of the one offering it? See page 139 of the homework?
  4. Recall a time when you or someone you know has acted without having a firm foundation of truth. What was the outcome of the situation?
  5. Review your answers to the questions on page 145.

In His Love
Melisa
One Heart Ministry

 

The Shield of Faith

Week 5 Meg Knauf

“In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can
extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;” Ephesians 6:16 (ESV)

Week 5 already.  How are you doing?  I’m finding that I really enjoy moving along at my own pace.  I can slow down, dig a little deeper, and wait to hear what God is really wanting me to know.  I began about a week behind and I’m 2 weeks behind now!  But it’s good – so, so good, that I’m taking my time to savor it all!

When Melisa asked me to be a part of the study by contributing to the intro videos, and writing a blog post I thought, “Video?  Wow, I don’t know but I’ll try.  And the blog part – no problem.  I love to write!”  And here I am setting out to write a blog post thinking that this wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be. Do you know why?  I have too much to say!!

Let’s talk about the shield of faith.  Where do I start? No, literally how do I start?  I have a dilemma. I have doubts. There are too many options, approaches to take, there are too many trains in the station.  See my problem?  I don’t know what to do.  I could be questioning whether or not I’m taking the right approach.  I might be doubting whether you will connect with what I’m saying.  I’ve decided to exercise FAITH.  One thing I’ve learned from biblical examples and my own life is that sometimes our faith plays a part in someone else’s story.  I’m going to share one of the areas of my life that Satan has used to hold me back from active obedience. I am hopeful that you, dear sister, will gain a glimpse of what God can do when we exercise faith.

I’ve known several women who have expressed their desire to be women of faith.  They want to live their lives in a way that exemplifies faith in God just as they’ve seen others live.  Their stories are similar to the one Priscilla Shirer shared at the beginning of this week.  But to them a deep, authentic faith seems to be elusive – out of reach.  What does it take to live as a woman of faith?  And then there is frustration with the answer.  It seems too simple.  It really does boil down to what the wise, godly woman in Priscilla’s example said:  “be a woman of faith – not just a woman who talks faith.”  Wow.  Simple truth.  Hard to understand truth.

Week 5 Women of Faith

In the video intro for this lesson I emphasized that using the shield of faith requires action.  Did you see that throughout this lesson?  Faith is not passive.  Do you pay attention to the side notes in the lessons?  They are some of my favorite spaces in any Bible study – they provide the opportunity to dig a little deeper, and flesh out the meanings of words and phrases, to impart a tidbit of information that can really clarify the main text. There’s a note on page 126 explaining that the word pestes (faith) is used over 200 times in the New Testament.  Almost every single time it relates to a person’s action.  This is HUGE! Faith isn’t something that we sit and wait to happen to us.  It isn’t something we sit and wait to happen in us. Faith is active.  Faith is moving forward, in obedience to Who God is and what He says.  And the confidence for living in faith? That comes from God Himself.  And it grows with every practice of faith – each time we flex our faith muscles and lift that shield!  And therein lies the rub.  How do you begin to lift that wonderful protective shield?

How? You give stuff up.  Mostly you give up self-sufficiency, control.  Ever heard someone say they don’t have enough faith to do _______, (fill in the blank)? I say rubbish!  Faith is not what is lacking.  It takes tremendous faith to say I cannot, will not, am not able to do x, y, or z.  It’s a matter of where faith is found.  When you claim to lack faith you are truly lying to yourself.  (See what I did there.)  You have faith – in you.  You trust what you know about yourself, or what you think you know about another person or situation.  You trust YOU more than you trust what God says He wants you to do.  It’s a hard thing to come to grips with and sometimes people don’t even recognize that their faith is displaced.  If you want to have faith in God you have to let go of the faith you have in yourself.

Acting in obedience to God (faith) is achieved in the same way you’ve come to act in obedience (faith) to yourself.  You have to know Him.  You know yourself, how you think, feel, and respond. And it makes sense to you or at least it’s comfortable.  As you begin to know God, really know Him, your seed of faith will begin to take root, and grow because of Him.  Faith isn’t about you having something.  It’s about knowing Someone.  Priscilla says, “Your level of faith will always be tied to your perception of God.”

Dear sister, have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross?  Do you believe that because you have accepted His gift that allows you to stand clean before God Almighty that you will spend eternity in Heaven with Him?  It’s easy for most of us to respond, “Yes!”  Why then can’t we trust Him when we’re bombarded by the enemy’s arrows?  We find it easy to trust God with our eternity but not with our today.

You’ll no doubt find these verses familiar.  I’m sharing them with you because the Holy Spirit used them to show me truth about who I am in relation with God and what he purposes for my life.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Romans 8:28-29  (ESV – emphasis mine)

Week 5 Romans 8

These verses teach me that everything that touches my life is for good – everything. It might not seem good.  It might not feel good.  But it is good because I am called for a purpose.  God has a purpose for my life.  He chose (predestined) me to be conformed to the image of his Son.  God’s primary purpose for my life is to make me like his Son, Jesus Christ.  This means that in every situation, including those where I doubt, or have fear, there’s an opportunity for me to become like Jesus.  All things work together to make me like Christ – this is good.  But this is only true if I’m willing to change.  It requires active, intentional effort on my part.

Priscilla used the account of Jesus telling Simon to go back out onto the lake and cast his fishing nets one more time.  It’s found in Luke 5:1-11.  This really resonated with me.  As a child, I had heard this account many times. I’m sure I’ve read it many more times as an adult.  But this time – wow!  Simon had been up all night fishing.  He had worked hard and been unsuccessful.  Simon had already cleaned up the mess of his work – he was done.  In the morning as Simon finished up these chores, Jesus came to him and originally wanted to set out in the boat just a little off shore so that He could teach the crowds. It was already a bit of a sacrifice for tired Simon to accompany Jesus and move his boat off shore. Then Jesus asked him to go further from shore (i.e. away from breakfast, comfort, etc.) and put himself through what seemed to be an exercise in futility.  We get the sense that he was discouraged because when Jesus got in the boat and told him to go out and try again, Simon protested.  He basically told Jesus, “Been there, done that. BUT because you say so, I will do it, again.”  Do you see it?  Simon didn’t determine to act on faith because he believed that this time there would actually be fish.  He acted in obedient faith because Jesus instructed him to do so. Simon was an experienced fisherman he knew when to call it a day!  Instead of trusting his experience, skill, and feelings he trusted Jesus.

Week 5 Luke 5

It’s easy isn’t it?  When faced with doubt or fear we fall back on what we know instead of the truth of God’s Word.  The sad truth is that when we rely on ourselves we just get more of what we already had – doubt, fear, disappointment, and maybe the added feelings of frustration or guilt because what we tried didn’t work, again.  But the cycle can be broken because as we learn to know Who God is, and who He says we are in relation to Him, we learn to trust His Word just as Simon did.  Even as we’re learning about Him we can begin to exercise our faith muscle and lift that shield that protects us by not only deflecting the arrows but extinguishing them.

I consider myself to be a friendly person.  I’m happy to chat with you, pray with you, encourage you with God’s Word, and help you in tangible ways.  It’s fairly easy for me to be someone’s friend.  It’s not so easy to be mine.  Over the years I’ve planted some hedges around my heart.  They’re not usually thorny, perhaps even decorative, but you don’t generally make it past the garden gate. I’ve been happy to stand at the gate and tell you about what’s been happening inside that’s lovely, and maybe a little about disappointment over small things – just to keep it real.  But I’d certainly not invite you inside to see the weeds, or abandoned flower beds.  There was a time when I had lived just inside a cute little picket fence where people could see what was happening in my life and I freely invited people to visit me there.  But there were visitors that trampled through, plucked the weeds and then took them to show others.  I was hurt.  These visitors could have helped me sort through my garden and teach me to identify the weeds so they could be removed. They could have also shown me the good plants and given me encouragement to help them grow.  I was hurt.  So I built a hedge.  My relationships consisted of pleasantries, and civilities, but not much depth.  I didn’t care to do the work of confessing my sins to another sister in Christ so that I could be prayed for and find healing in God.  (James 5:16) I had tried that and it hadn’t worked out so well for me.

Jesus asked me to put my boat offshore.  He placed me in a small group of women that met together weekly and sought to know Him through His Word.  And my heart began to soften but there was still fear.  James 5:16 kept resurfacing and each time it did I knew God was telling me to cut down my hedges and open my gate.  So I hesitantly, and cautiously began to lower the hedge so others could peek in but I wasn’t ready to open the gate.  Even that small guarded step of taking God at His Word began to strengthen my faith.  I was learning that I could do what God asked of me and leave the result to Him.  I was learning that if my obedience didn’t provide the result I had anticipated it was because God had a different and better result planned for me.  But I was still fearful about letting others inside and letting them know me.  I was not fully enjoying the blessing of fellowship that God intended for me and for others.

Week 5 Nets

Just like Simon, Jesus told me to take my boat out into the deep and let down my nets. God moved us from the only church home I had ever known to a place that was unknown. Talk about deep waters. And not only was I now in deep waters He told me to cast out my nets!  I was in a whole new garden! My hedges had to come down – back to picket fences for me.  And that gate? When you’re new, people want to know your story. And the arrows flew! I wasn’t sure how letting strange people in to see the weeds and abandoned flower beds was going to help but I knew that God was telling me to let them in.  Would I open the gate? I did – hesitantly, at first.  I knew that I needed to be obedient and trust God for the results.  If people didn’t respond the way I had hoped, I knew that God had a purpose and He would take care of it.  And I found God to be faith-full.  My new garden visitors loved me and encouraged me.  Praise God for His faith-fullness!  And then God placed our family in very uncertain waters.  The really fiery arrows flew. I had fear and felt failure but I took hold of my shield and moved forward in faith.  I trusted God’s truth that I needed other people to help me shoulder my burden.  I ran to my friends, threw open my gate, poured out my doubts, misgivings, and fears. And do you know what they did?  They threw their shields up next to mine and fed me the truth of God’s Word! They shared the stories of God’s faithfulness in their lives.  They threw their shields up next to mine and prayed with me and over me.  And during one of the most difficult times of my life I had peace. The arrows continued to fly and the difficulty didn’t disappear but I could move forward living, loving, and serving, because I knew God and He had promised that I could do what was right even in a difficult season. I knew God had a purpose in the trial. I knew that God’s purpose to make me like Christ could be accomplished as I responded in faith.

But there’s more! Have you ever noticed the biblical examples of friends who stepped into the lives of others to correct them?  In the Old and New Testaments we find accounts of people who reminded their friends of God’s truth, and God’s character.  Others taught friends what was lacking in their understanding of Who God is and what He has accomplished.  The next step for me was inviting my friends inside the gate to inspect for weeds, point them out, and encourage me to pull them up!  Kinda’ scary asking someone to watch you for weaknesses and then tell you what they find.  But I’ve learned to exercise my faith muscle in this area because God has proven Himself faith-full.

That’s the beauty of exercising faith – obedient action.  It grows stronger as you come to know the One who fills your faith.  Knowing Him helps you know what He intends to do for you. The following paragraph from our lesson is highlighted in multiple colors in my book:  “As you proactively remind yourself of how faithful and reliable your God truly is, you’ll become more willing – even excited – about actually relying on Him.  Your shield of faith works because it is directly connected to the faithfulness of your God.”  YES, YES, and YES!

So, how about you?  I would ask if there is an area of your life that you’ve identified as weak and vulnerable to Satan’s attacks but I’m fairly confident that I know the answer.  We all have an area or five that Satan targets keeping us distracted from the victorious life that has already been won for us.

Each piece of our armor works with the other pieces.  The belt of God’s truth, the protection of practical righteousness, and the assurance (peace) of my relationship with God because of the gospel, all establish a foundation for absolute certainty in the source of my strength. They provide the confidence I find in God to act in faithful obedience no matter what I face!

“Hearing God and knowing His truth matters.”  ~P. Shirer

Blessed to walk beside you,
Meg

“May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.”  Jude 2

 Meg’s Margins

Since you can’t see my marked up study book I thought I’d give you a peek at some of the scribbles in my margins.  May God use them to encourage you as they’ve encouraged me.  (All Scripture is taken from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.)

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.”  Psalm 91:14

“as it is written, ‘I have made you [Abraham] the father of many nations’ – in the presence of God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.  In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told. ‘So shall your offspring be.’  He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.  No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.”  Romans 4:17-22

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for he who promised is faithful.”  Hebrews 10:23

“Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.”  C. S. Lewis

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10

“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead,
so also faith apart from works is dead.”  James 2:26

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.  Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.  Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.  Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.”  Proverbs 3:5-8 (New Living Translation)

“I do not come into each day protected [from sin] by the gospel… I am vulnerable to defeat and injury unless I seize upon the gospel and arm myself with it from head to toe.”  Milton Vincent

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”  Psalm 143:8

“Remind yourself that He [God] has carried the weight of a covenant with His people across generations.  His loyalty, integrity, and faithfulness are unmatched.”  Priscilla Shirer

“O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.”  Isaiah 25:1