“I was in the dark valley, but then a huge hand came up and squashed all the darkness!!!!” Jaren (my 8 yr old) says. “What does that mean to you?” “I feel like it means God is going to crush Satan, and we’re gonna win!” Nice. My son almost always goes back to the battle. My girls listen for God’s voice and see totally different things, but Jaren … sees … battle … a lot. And he’s right, we are in a battle, “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.” (Eph. 6:12 NLT)
If you don’t feel the battle right now, maybe you should, and if you do, here’s some encouragement.
Your battle is …
- Fierce. There is a reality to the spiritual world that as a believer, you either recognize and see God work in or it can sink you. Don’t sleep walk through your own life, but acknowledge God’s training for war, and His grace on your life to face it.
- Winnable. If you’re in a battle, it’s so that you can win it. God is not interested in His kids getting beat down by life and defeated. No, you’re in it to win it. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:57 NIV)
- What will propel you to the next level. In order to be a giant killer, you have to face a giant. This battle that you face right now becomes your rally cry to see victory in the next area. See from God’s perspective – this battle is already won! When God takes you thru a process to victory, you’ll learn how to give that victory away to others. Don’t seek the quick fix, when you’re poised to provide a training ground for others’ victory!
Every time Satan messes with me, I remind him, “You can do that, but just know, when God brings me to victory, I’m going to set everyone else in my life free that has ever dealt with this!” Your battle will propel you to the next level – it’s time to fight – “To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” (Col. 1:29 NIV)