Wednesday, June 26, 2013

keep fighting

Many people give up too soon.  They miss the victory and the celebration because they were over come by how hard something had become or the pain a situation caused.  Maybe you are like me and have thought of giving up in many different circumstances and at many different times.  I would believe that all of us would have to say, “YES, I’ve been there”.

But let me ask us to stop and think about the consequences of giving up.  We might think that giving up only impacts us, but in reality giving up impacts the people around us as well as the people who come behind us.  Think about it this way: when we demonstrate courage, keep fighting and press on, we tell others that they can keep on going.  Your life, your choices and your heart will influence the people around you and even the people who will hear about you in the future.  People learn from our choices for a very long time.

I suggest that we need to keep fighting.  I suggest that we cannot give up when we know we are to move forward and reach for the things that God has put around us.  I believe that we have to make sure we have the tools to help us keep fighting.  These that I will share with you and living by faith will influence people that you don’t even think you have connection to. 

Who are the people who have impacted or influenced your life?  I can name many different people who have influenced mine.  Some I have had direct contact with.  Others I have only seen from a distance but are alive at the same time I am.  Still others lived long before I have.  Some were thousands or hundreds of years ago.  Some lived only a few years ago.  But all of them influenced me.

Here are some tools that will help us keep fighting:

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  12 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.  13 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.  14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.  16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.  Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.  19 And pray for me, too.  Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.  20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador.  So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

Pull a few pieces out of those 11 verses to hold on to when you want to quit.  Let these God given truth and weapons and strengths become what helps you keep fighting or to jeep the faith.

Be strong in the Lord.

Put on God’s armor. 

Resist the enemy with what God provides.

Stand your ground because of God’s word.

Pray all the time.  Pray for others too.

You can chose other pieces that mean much to you.  But what we have to admit is that God keeps us going as we follow Him and use the resources He provides.  Keep fighting.  Keep the faith.  Influence others every day!

Pray for the last 2 days Vacation Bible School day camp at Jack Dalton Park from 10am till noon; also a community event at Jack Dalton Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30pm (free food, fun and more).  

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happy birthday, Julie

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