When the Battle Rages Fierce

There are enough passages in Scripture to make it very clear that life is hard.  And being a believer does NOT exclude you from those hard things.  Christianity does NOT promise ease or exemption from every hard thing in life.  Instead, we are constantly reminded that although it is hard, we have a GOOD, GOOD FATHER.  When the battle rages fierce – and it absolutely will – not only is He good, but He is protective.  He provides His own suit of armor, fashioned to fit each one of us uniquely and individually.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought

{Sidebar – you should know that I wrote the above text several weeks ago.  And it sat here.  As my laptop died.  As we experienced 2 flat tires over a 6 week period on Tuesday nights, right before my Bible study of The Armor of God.  as we discovered that my husband’s injuries, although not life threatening, were causing him some new symptoms, which are still being investigated.  As the respiratory disaster worked its way through our house.  You know.  NORMAL for us here…}

I was feeling knocked down, dragged out, spit-on-my-neck beaten for many of these days.

I only got to watch 3 of the 7 videos related to the Bible study.  We are still without a 2nd car.  My very incredibly helpful in-laws are still carting me back & forth to work and picking up kids from school.  Car accidents have looooong lasting effects – let me tell you.

But I am feeling the undergirding of God’s people.  I have 2 friends who have come alongside me and given me a breath of fresh air.  By helping me laugh, by helping me get my brain on a little straighter, and by being just a really good friend to me.  I am so thankful for each of these ladies I cannot even tell you.

And to top that, my mother-in-law came to stay with Little Man while Curly had a dr appointment one day last week, and when I walked in – my house was beautifully neat!  It was such a blessing to my heart.  I just kinda floated around the house the rest of the day (as I tackled stacks of dishes and piles of laundry) and was so blessed.

It helped me catch my breath, and although the battle still remains fierce, God has blown a fresh breeze into my life and I am getting my battle gear on.  The enemy loves to do nothing more than completely disarm us – and he is a crafty enemy who knows where and when to strike.

But I have a Father who shields and protects me.  And when I am still before Him, He fights the battle for me…

Only Jesus

To so many of us, the story of Jesus is much more than a story.  Whenever we met Jesus, or whenever we finally caved into His Calling – once you have come to know Him, you cannot ever truly deny Him again.  (let me add – you cannot ever truly deny Him again without denying life everlasting…)

For every one of us who believe in Christ, there are so many more who have swallowed the whispered lies of a deceiver.  an enemy whose sole purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy.

We face the enemy in our own walk with Christ, but when Christ goes before you, the enemy is overcome.

But for those who don’t know Christ, they face a battle they cannot win.

I have read through many facebook comments and blog comments in the past several months that just make my stomach hurt.  Not because people are expressing their opinions.  But that the expression is filled with such vile, such disgust, and such blasphemy it makes me ill.  But what I’ve come to see as I’ve continued to read, is just how lost so many people are.  Led astray by philosophies and ideologies which contradict God’s Word and His Saving Grace.

We must remember, that whoever stands before us, or comments in a Facebook thread or blog post, whoever tweets and messages – if they don’t know Christ – THEY. ARE. LOST.  The lies of the enemy are so silky smooth, they “tickle” ears. And sadly, those lies make sense to the mind of one who does not know the Light.

Whenever we battle for Christ, it is SO important to remember that we do not battle that person standing in our face.  Or trolling our Facebook page.  Or spamming our blog and email.  Or taking what is good and twisting it for not good.

Those who stand against Israel and her God.

Those who stand against Bible believers and their God.

Those who stand against God.

They have been lied to, led astray, deceived, and bilked out of an eternal inheritance by an enemy who gleefully sentences them to eternal death.  When they scream support for Pro-Abortion, Pro-anything-but-Israel, Anti-Consequence, Anti-God, Anti-Family, Anti-Christian – they are led by the screams of a determined enemy.

And we should pray.  Because one day, we all.  EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. will bow at the feet of the Almighty God – and we will all be crushed by our brokenness.  And only those of us whose sins have been covered, whose wrongs have been made Righteousness by the stripes on His back – only THOSE will be lifted from brokenness to wholeness and life forever with the One who made us.

When we take a stand for God, we must not ever stand on the backs of the broken ones who live deceivedWe must stand on the Truth and Righteousness of the Christ who was broken for us.  Jesus, Only Jesus.

Click the link below for a reminder of this.  May we live today for Jesus, Only Jesus.

Jesus, Only Jesus