Wednesday, April 30, 2008

going into battle [+] Wednesday E-Devotion

This past weekend I shared a message with The Community about mistakes.  I have made some in my 37 years of living.  Yet I have found that we serve an awesome and forgiving God.  Can you high five me on that one?  God is good.
 
One of the things that we don't do very well, as Christians, is realize that much of our daily battle is spiritual.  It is true.  Satan wants to distract us, and he does a darn good job at it.  He wants to either make sure we never get saved, or if we are saved, he wants our attention off of God.  Have you experienced that?  I have.
 
Let's set some thoughts on this subject:
 
Ephesians 6:12 (nlt) --- For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
 
Ephesians 6:13 (nlt) --- 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 still be standing firm.
 
1 John 2:16 (nlt) --- For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
 
Not every battle is a spiritual one, but every battle has a spiritual side and spiritual consequences.  Yet I believe we would be surprised at the number of battles and things we deal with that are spiritual in nature.  Again, Satan is seeking our attention.  He wants our minds and living taken off of God.  Look at those verses again.  What can we do?
 
The first step, confess there is something going on... I have a problem ...I am going through a spiritual battle, and the people and problems aren't my problem.
 
The second step, take the stuff that God has given you and put it on... I need God ..Bible verses, spiritual truth and experience, prayer and God given strength.
 
The third step, trust God no matter what... You are my God ..let His peace stand above everything else.
 
John 14:27 (nlt) --- Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
 
By the way, those three steps are the end all of end alls of spiritual battle.  They are just three things that God has reminded me about this week.  Friends, we need God.  Plain and simple.  We are lost with Him.  Going into battle without God is stupid.
 
Yep, I used the "s" word.  Stupid is as stupid does, Forrest Gump would say.  Trying to live on your own and do battle by yourself is stupid and wrong.  God has given us what we need to thrive and succeed.
 
God is working it all out.  Do we trust Him?  Are we going into battle with Him?  By ourselves, we loose.  With Him, we win.
 
Romans 8:37 (nlt) --- But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

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