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We are all too familiar with the word ‘battle’ in our world today. In our own individual lives, for those who have faith in Jesus Christ, we deal with spiritual battles with being tested and tempted. This is a fact.
However, we are Victors with a capital V. As I have been reading through the book of Colossians I came across one of my life verses. Look at God’s promise and guarantee to us. “God rescued us from the dark power of satan and brought us into the kingdom of His dear Son, who forgives our sins and sets us free” (1:13).
I am so encouraged and awestruck at the lives of people who walked our path recorded in the pages of Scriptures. Remember Job who walked through such a valley of destruction, or King David who had to hide in caves like an animal being hunted? There was Naomi who lost not only her husband but two sons and had to return empty handed to her homeland. Paul was beaten and imprisoned for sharing Christ, and Joseph faced the dirty walls of a pit thrown in by jealous brothers. Yet, God shared about these people to show us that they not only were Victors, but so are we.
It is not easy to understand all that God allows us to endure. In fact, there have been many times I can’t comprehend that a loving God would allow Satan to test me and try me. The question is why not? What makes me exempt from satan’s arrows? God is in control and knows what we will and can endure. We have to be on guard. We also have to look at our personal lives and make sure that the choices we are making are ones that God would be pleased with. Anger can cause huge ramifications on our path. A lie can change the course of something special, and gossip can hurt people beyond our own human comprehension. We are tempted and tested but God has given us choices to make so let us choose wisely. Peter says in his book, “Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith.”
1) God’s Guard
I spend many summer weekends swimming in the waves. If I am not on guard, those huge waves can overtake me and then I am in trouble. That is what it is like as a Christ-follower. We have to be ever mindful to be on guard for things that set us apart from Christ. Some things are very easy to detect but others are so slight. Stand firm and stand on guard. We are in God’s Army and on His Watch.
2) God’s Resources
After taking your stand to be on guard, then ask God for His help, the Ultimate Resource. He has given us special amour to wear. Colossians continues on by saying, “We always pray that God will show you everything he wants you to do and that you may have all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. ….His glorious power will make you patient and strong enough to endure anything…“ God is at our disposal to hear our cry for help. The lines of communication are always open. God will give us His wisdom and His understanding. His Holy Spirit gives this freely to His soldiers. When we ask, God will help us walk this journey to endure the battle. There is a worship chorus that says “the battle belongs to the Lord”. So get your amour on and let God fight for you!
3) God’s Joy
I could never understand that in the middle of the tunnel of oppression, we can rejoice. Take the time to praise God and take the time to rejoice in your heritage of God’s own. Take the time so that despite the feeling of the pressing battle, God is standing in the balance protecting us and cheering us on. The portion in Colossians 1 says “…and you will be truly happy, and ….who forgives our sins and sets us free”!
Remember we are Victors, a royal priesthood chosen by Almighty God Himself. Let Him protect you from the strongholds that bind you. Keep your decisions and attitudes in check as you allow God to fight for you.
Let’s not run ahead but be ever mindful of the responsibility we have. We are not without battles but we are Victors and we are truly free!
Father God, we thank you that You give us Your amour, and Your protection. Thank you that You go to battle for me and because of the work of Jesus’ death, I am a Victor. Give us strength to move forward in Your strength. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Questions: What strongholds are you facing today? What are your next steps? Take time to praise the God who fights your battles.
About the Author Linda Goodhand Rodgers
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