Fighting Despair, Pride, Dread, and Confusion

As I look back on the last few years of ministry, I take note of the predictable forms of spiritual warfare most noted in scripture. More than anything else, I battled these: despair (Isaiah 63:1), pride (1 Peter 5:5), dread (Psalm 53:5), and confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33)

Even on this very day, I pray that God would strengthen me against despair, pride, dread, and confusion and replace those prisons with hope, humility, faith, and clarity.

It’s no surprise when these harassing experiences come, but you’ll find you become wiser and better at recognizing and standing against what comes against you as you move into new places of ministry. You’ll daily put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6), acknowledge that you live a crucified life (Galatians 2:20), belonging completely to Jesus, and move on into your day.

Living with flair means living in victory. It means living with wisdom to interpret what’s happening to you. It means appropriating the full privileges of being a child of God.

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