Standing in the Battle

Greetings all,

I know that many of you are facing accusations from the enemy. Those accusations are things like, I am alone, and nobody understands, I am a failure, God is not listening or God has left me.  I am worthless or unworthy.  All these things that may even be coming from other people (flesh and blood).  But we have to understand that we are not fighting flesh and blood.

“For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. (Ephesians 6:12)”

So, it is not the person that we are really fighting it is the spiritual powers that are at war all around us.  What we need to realize is what part we have played in the battle. Are we allowing the enemy to take strongholds in our lives? Are we allowing the enemy to sway us in un-Godly thoughts about people made in our own image? Are we pointing the finger at everyone else, when we need to examine our hearts and see if there is anything in us?

 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalms 139:23-24)”

I really think that we spend way too much time looking for where we need to blame and not where we need to work. I know that there are times when we are hurt. But if we trust that God is in control, then we need to look for what God is trying to teach us. If my focus is on my relationship with God, we might see things in a different light. Sometimes the negative is the best tool for our growth. Why is it so hard for us to understand this? It is probably because we do not like to hurt or go through struggles. We really don’t like running towards chaos! I know all this but I also understand that in the midst of all this chaos in is where we find peace and the hand of God. I believe this is why Jesus told us this.

 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs. “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

(Matthew 5:10-16)”

For how can we be salt and light if in persecution, if we are dark and bitter? How can we be a city on a hill when we are running from the lessons that God has given to us? I know this is not an easy lesson but I believe that it is a vital lesson for those of us under attack from the enemy! Let us not run, but let us stand firm in the name of Christ.

 “This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18)”

In his Grip,
Pastor Jason