In the film The Matrix, Neo discovers that his mind has the ability to create and affect the world around him. He can withstand bullets, jump 100ft gaps, and bend spoons - just by focusing every ounce of his mental energy on the 'truth'. He learns the hard way that the moment he loses sight of that truth, the world around him has the ability to crush him. The battle is primarily in his mind.
The Bible says that the truth (salvation, rather than sci-fi) sets you free (John 8:32 NIV). And this is an ongoing event. Your mind is a battleground, and knowing Jesus doesn't make you immune to very real attacks of despair, fear or self-pity. Sometimes, we just don't have the mental energy, and that's ok. But the ability to remind yourself of His truth in the middle of the turmoil is the difference between 'withstanding bullets' or not.
There are many verses in the Bible that exist to make you strong when the world tries to crush you. One example is in Exodus 14:13-14 (NKJ): 'Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today... The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.' Did you feel your faith bubble up when you read it? That's the kind of truth to build your life on.
So what now? Lay your battles - your hopelessness, fear, hurt, discouragement - out before God today. Declare with certainty: 'I will not be afraid. The Lord God Himself will fight for me'. Withstand those bullets using God's truth.
Soulfood : Lev 23:33-44, Jn 7:1-40, Zech 14:16-21