Tuesday, October 16, 2012

preparing for battle

Stay alert!  Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

The fact is we have an enemy who is ready for battle, yet the battles that the enemy brings us to are not the typical battles we may be thinking of.  There are no foot soldiers or tanks headed our direction.  The battles we get in to as Christians are mostly those in the spirit world, in our minds and sometimes in the places we least expect them.

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.

There will be some battles that have to do with relationships that you have to fight for or work hard to make work.  Most of the battles find a home or footing inside our spirit, and they are hard to fight.

Our enemy wants us to believe that we are alone in these battles.  We are lied to that no one else understands or needs to know about what we are going through.  Those are lies from our enemy who is seeking us, like the first verse said, and that is battling us in areas where we have little ability or experience apart from what God gives us.

We have to trust God and lean on him to go through the battles that come up.  I have found that God will prepare us if we let Him. 

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies.  He is coming to save you.”

I am the LORD; there is no other God.  I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me,

May God help us to be ready for the battles, and may we let Him fight the battles for us.  It is time to be strong, to lean on God and remember that God prepared us for what is ahead.

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happy birthday, Julie

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