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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Battle

He slips in and steals hope. He sneaks up and destroys lives. His thrill is killing belief. Nothing excites him more.

The thief's purpose is to steal, kill and destroy...John 10:10

We are in a battle. I used to think that sounded so dramatic, the idea that we are actively in a battle every moment of our lives. It was the picture portrayed by those dramatic evangelists that stood on benches shouting out to me as I walked by on our college campus. And I rolled my eyes. That is Satan's plan, he doesn't want us to know we are at war. He wants the pleasures, excitement, pain, and despair of this world to distract us. He wants to make us forget all God has given us-His grace, strength, love, mercy, forgiveness, and wisdom.

"There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan" C.S. Lewis
But the best part of all of it, we have God fighting for us, praying for our faith. Even when our faith falters, He is there for us. We just have to hang on and remember our ally.

"Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you Simon, that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." Luke 22:31-32

When the enemy whispers doubts, despair, and discouragement to us, remember one thing. It is all lies, lies, lies. Trust in God even when everything seems to be going wrong. Hold onto your belief and believe. Doubt those lies and doubts you have circling through your mind. Use God's word and prayer to fight back. When the lies would sneak in I whisper scripture over and over to myself. Often the same one, Proverbs 3:5, a verse I hung onto with every fiber in my body many times over the last few months. God has provided you with the tools to fight this battle.

Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6: 13-17


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