Ephesians 6:10-11: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Strange but true: Fearing God, we learn to abandon our fears. This may sound a bit crazy, but in all reality tables are turned when God begins to matter in our lives. As far as I am concerned, finding the Lord has totally changed my perspective. Demons shrink; self-erected walls break down; my world gets bigger and my fears smaller. An interesting revelation in the book of Proverbs tells us that fearing the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7):

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Back in Paradise, Adam and Eve were fascinated by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Knowledge is an attraction to the curious mind, and we all are born with an innate curiosity. However, if fearing the Lord is only the beginning of knowledge, then the source of all knowledge is in the Lord; hence the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has been a misleading source of information. That tree was a deception that threw mankind off pointing us in the wrong direction.

Knowing the Lord we know it all, the good, but also the bad and the ugly. The Lord is good, there is no shadow in Him, and He alone knows how to properly deal with darkness. His light dispels it. In this life we need to learn how to stay true to ourselves. We need to learn how to beat our demons. We have plenty of reasons to be discouraged and dragged down. The Lord teaches us to stand up and successfully fight these things.

There is a lot to be learned in battle, but our finest moments in life are the occasions when we respond to hate with love. This is how the Lord wages His battles. Love overrules all conflicts and is the solution to every problem. Again, we won’t know how to love if it wasn’t for the Lord. We go to the source to learn from Him. His love draws us to Him in the first place.

Without His love there would be nothing worth fighting for. We need to stay strong in trying times by seeking His presence daily. We need all the encouragement we can get.

“Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home”

Songwriters: Andrew Pearson / Greg Holden