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It’s time you activated the Word of God to fight the battle in your mind. 

Many of us have made friends with fear. 

We wake up with thoughts that we don’t want to be there. We believe lies that are so far from the truth of what God thinks about us. We crave peace and a clear mind – but it seems nearly impossible with the kinds of worries that run through our heads on a daily basis.

This is what my story looked like. I used to live in a constant state of fear, where my mind would literally loop around certain thoughts all day. I tried to get out of it with “positive thinking” and my own strength – but my mind still felt like a prison cell that I couldn’t get out of. 

The Enemy put up a stronghold of FEAR in my life – and many of you are under that same very stronghold today. 

It wasn’t until I began to do one simple thing, that my mind became renewed and clear. I finally started to experience the peace that God wished to give me. And that’s exactly what I want to teach you, today. 

LET’S GET READY FOR BATTLE

I want you to think for a second about a battle. To prepare for battle, you get to know your Enemy. You take time to consider the tricks and tactics he might try. And you get your proper ammo ready – because you would never go into the battlefield without a weapon. 

And yet, many women are standing in the middle of a battlefield right now, completely unarmed. They’re letting the Enemy, the Devil, take as many shots at them as possible. They are on the defense – instead of on the offense. 

So how do you get on the offense, you ask? How do you STOP believing these lies, stop living in fear, and finally walk through this life with peace of mind that can only come from Jesus? It’s very simple: you get your weapons ready. The very weapon of the Word of God. 

Ephesians 6:12 says this:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of ]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Listen – if we are fighting a spiritual battle, we need spiritual weapons (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). And the weapon that is MOST effective in waging war against the Enemy is the very truth of God found in the pages of scripture.

Don’t believe me? Let’s flip to Hebrews 4:12 “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; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

I don’t know where you are at today with the Bible. I’m not sure if you believe that the Word of God is absolute truth. I don’t know whether you are even comfortable reading it yet, or if you have even started. 

But I do know my experience. And the moment I saw that scripture actually silenced lies and fears that flooded my mind – I never looked at the Bible the same. 

It showed me that the words in the Bible weren’t just pretty words written thousands of years ago. No, these words had POWER. And it was the kind of power I desperately needed in my life. 

Scripture would quiet the voices every. Single. Time – where my own willpower would fail. The Word became my weapon. And I was never the same.  

So no matter how comfortable you are in reading the Word today, or even if you’ve never opened the Bible before, you can still activate this weapon. You don’t have to be a Super-Christian or memorize the whole Bible to do this. In fact, I am going to walk you through a simple strategy to activate the Word of God in your own life that really helped me – so that you will finally be able to live a free and abundant life in Jesus you so desperately crave. 

HOW TO USE THE WORD AS YOUR WEAPON: Keep reading to activate the Word of God in your life! 

Step #1: IDENTIFY THE AREA OF ATTACK: THE SPECIFIC LIE/ FEAR/ TEMPTATION.

  1. First, I want you to get ahead of your Enemy, and specifically look at WHAT he is attacking. Is it your identity? Is it a certain lie that’s been planted? For me, my identity was being attacked, and I needed scripture that told me that my identity was found in Jesus and nothing else. Identify clearly the lie you are believing, the temptation you’re falling for again and again, the fear that is robbing you of joy. Write it down. And get specific. The more specific, the better!

Step #2: IDENTIFY THE TRUTH.

  1. What would God say about this specific lie? What would He say about this fear? If you don’t know – ask a friend in your community to speak into it. You can even ask God and say Lord, what is YOUR truth on this? And wait to hear an answer. 

Step #3: FIND EVIDENCE FOR THIS TRUTH.

  1. Now that you know what God says about this lie, you’re going to find a scripture that serves as evidence for this truth. When we accept Christ we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, who leads us into all truth (John 16:13). What that means is you can literally ask God for a scripture to cling to – and He will often pop one up in your mind or point you to a verse in your Bible. Try it for yourself, and watch Him do it! And if you are still struggling to find a scripture to help you cling to God’s truth with this lie, you can always Google “bible verses on ___”

Step #4: WRITE THIS TRUTH DOWN ON A BATTLE CARD

  1. Now for the fun part! I’m going to walk you through how I specifically activate the weapon of the Word in my every day through BATTLE CARDS! I started doing this when the lies were so loud that I could barely get through the day. 

To create a battle card, you’re going to take the scripture that you found, and you are going to write it down on one side of an index card. 

For example, if I am struggling with fear, I can write Psalm 34:4-5:

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”

Once you have your scripture written down – you are going to flip over the notecard and write a PRAYER. This doesn’t have to be fancy – just a prayer between you and the Lord, where you bring your feelings to Him, ask Him for help and declare His truth over the situation. It does not have to be perfect, just make it personal. Write this prayer out on the other side of your index card!

An example of a prayer I’ve done on my battle card: “Lord, right now I am feeling anxious about the future. I know that the Enemy would want me to worry and so I turn from believing that the worst is going to happen to believing that you have amazing things ahead. Lead me, Father, I trust you. I believe that you have an amazing plan for my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.”

Step #5: TAKE THE BATTLE CARD WITH YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY, AND ACTIVATE THE TRUTH WHEN NECESSARY.

Once you have scripture on one side and a prayer on the back, you have got yourself a battle card, which serves as some serious ammo! When the thought comes up in your head during the day, whip out your battle card and first meditate on the scripture. Focus on the verse, with deep breathing if you can to quiet your mind and heart. After you’ve stopped what you are doing and meditated on the scripture, turn the card over and read the prayer out loud. When you are done, put the card back in your pocket and focus on what God has for you to do at that moment. Take it out the next time the thought comes up and battle until the lie fades away. Slowly but surely, your mind will be renewed (Romans 12:2).

LET YOUR MIND BE RENEWED

I don’t know about you, but sometimes you need to get sick and tired of being sick and tired to make a change. And I believe that’s the case for you today. 

Once you start to take up the weapon of the Word to fight this battle in your mind, you will experience such fresh freedom. Your mind will finally be clear. Your fears will stop controlling you. The Enemy will not have a hold over your mind any longer. 

It’s time for you to fight back today with the sword of the Spirit, the very Word of God. It’s time for you to get up again. It’s time to let the Lord fight this battle for you through His Spirit – because it’s already been won. 

Slowly but surely, you’ll hear that lie again… and this time, you’ll have nothing to do but laugh. 

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Ashley Hetherington

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