If you've been reading my posts this summer, you know very well how I feel about mosquitos. This morning, in my journaling time, the Lord turned my dislike of the nasty little bloodsuckers into a lesson on protection. Truly, these are days when we are fighting much more than insects!
Just as you cover yourself with bug spray when you go out to work among the mosquitos, so too must you learn to protect yourself for spiritual battle.
Cover yourself in the truth of My Word.
Cover yourself in My love and My grace.
Soak in My presence until My peace is absorbed in every fibre of your being.
Then allow faith in the victory I have won for you to cause hope to drip from you, leaving a trail of sweetness the enemy can NOT conquer.
Then child, when you stand firm, despite the war waging around you, I will be glorified.
So - stand, even when you feel weak.
Stand, when you would rather run.
Stand, and I will hold you and keep you from falling.
Stand - for Me.
Stand in Me - where you have always belonged.
Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:13-18 The Message
A bit later, I sprayed myself and went out to water our hanging baskets and flower beds. I am beyond thrilled to report that I didn't lose a single drop of blood to the dreaded foes! Thank You Lord for the visible example of walking and standing in Your powerful circle of protection!