Thursday, October 21, 2010
We have heard it said many times that when we rise up to defend and give voice to the most vulnerable: the poor, the orphan, and the widow- that we will be engaged in a battle. And while it may seem at times in our human eyes that the battle is between us and those who seem to discourage, oppose, or mock our efforts- we know that it most definitely is not. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Eph 6:12)
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 to be strong IN THE LORD and in HIS mighty power. The minute I trust in my own strength, knowledge, resources, or power, that is when the enemy gets a foothold and I am on my way to destruction. I become prideful in my ability to "do something" and then God has a way of humbling us really quickly after that. No, we are to put on the full armor so that we can stand up to the devil's schemes. And we must recognize those schemes when they sneak up on us.
These past few weeks have been hard.
We have felt the attack of the enemy in many areas.
There have been days and nights when I am sick because of the weight I feel and the knowledge that I am powerless to do anything about it. There have been many times I have cried out to the Lord on behalf of the precious children we met and pleaded with Him to open the hearts of others to be moved into action- and moments later felt the sting of rejection and the weariness that comes from feeling like I am on the frontlines of a battle.
I confess my pride and unforgiving heart that has resulted from failing to recognize that a battle is raging and that I cannot solve the problems of the world or anyone else for that matter.
Which brings me back to the truth that I am reminding myself of today (and maybe a truth God has for too), which is that while yes, there is a battle going on and there is a war being waged- it is far from hopeless and instead of getting pushed and shoved around by the enemy- I can DO SOMETHING about it!
"therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." (Eph 6:13)
When I put on the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit which is the word of God- I am gearing up for the battle and am ready to engage- not in my power, but in Christ alone. When I pray in the Spirit in every occasion for everything imaginable, I am trusting in the strength of God and not my own. I must recognize and be prepared for the warfare that WILL come, but I can be sure that I have Someone who is already fighting the battle for me.
"For he has rescued us from darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." (Col. 1:13-14)
And guess what??? God has already given us a sneak peek at WHO is going to win in the end! Read Revelation :)
Posted by candice on 10/21/2010