Fighting Words

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

I know how much Greystone girls love Ellie Holcomb, and I love her too! Her songs have been some of my favorites for years, and in this season, her song “Fighting Words” has been continuously running through my mind. If you’ve never heard it before, the chorus goes like this:

“But I will fight the lies with the truth. Keep my eyes fixed on you. I will sing the truth into the dark; I will use my fighting words.”

This is a truth I need to hear these days. Walking through a challenging season of motherhood, I so easily get overwhelmed, frustrated, and worn down. I often feel like life is forever going to feel like this, I’m never going to feel like myself again, and it’s my fault that things aren’t perfect like I so badly want them to be. But this song keeps reminding me that instead of letting the lies of the enemy rule my mind, I have fighting words to strengthen my mind and heart!

2 Corinthians 10 reminds us to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” When we find ourselves overwhelmed by negative thoughts about our circumstances, God not only gives us His presence, but gives us the most amazing gift: the Bible! God’s Word is our sword against the lies and struggles we face in this world (Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17).

  • When the enemy tries to tell us we are not good enough, God’s word declares that we are “fearfully and wonderfully” made in the image of God (Psalm 139: 14, Genesis 1:27).
  • When shame wants to keep us locked up and afraid, God’s word declares that we have been set free (Galatians 5:1), redeemed, and forgiven (Ephesians 1:7).
  • When we feel alone, God’s word declares that He will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6) and He will give us others to act as our family (Psalm 68:6).
  • When depression or anxiety feel out of control, God’s word declares that there is joy (Romans 15:13) and peace (John 16:33, Psalm 40:2 1-2) for us.

In this season, my “fighting words” are Psalm 16: 5-11. My circumstances may feel challenging, but God has made me secure in Him. The “boundary lines” of my life have fallen in good and right places, and with Christ, I will not be shaken.

There are so many beautiful truths in the Word of God that it would take me days to write them all out. Whatever hard situation you’re dealing with today, seek His Word. Find a verse to use as your “fighting words” and commit it to memory. And slowly over time, you will see how beautiful and life-changing it is to hide God’s Word in your heart.

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