In the Battlefield…things aren’t always as they seem ~

When life throws me a curve ball, it often stops me dead in my tracks! The shock of bad news, or the exposure of something I thought was simple and genuinely “real”, but in an instant was revealed to be complicated and disruptive, can be disconcerting at best. It is at these crossroads…these moments in time…that I stand still. My initial tendency is to try to “fix” the problem, to find solutions that make logical sense in my limited understanding. It’s my first reaction…my human nature. It’s the way I’m built. But I soon realize I must seek strength from the Source that has the power to do what I cannot do on my own. When I’m in the middle of a spiritual battle of unprecedented proportions…in my own strength, I am as good as a dead man walking. I’m reminded I do not have the ability to “fix” anything! My heart feels the heaviness of the spiritual warfare.

As the day breaks and the sun rises, I welcome the warmth of the sun’s rays on my face. As I step out of my home and begin my morning walk, I can feel my heart beating faster and faster as I pick up my pace. The cool morning breeze seems to bring a calm that allows my spirit to breathe. I find myself sweetly broken and humbled as I continue to walk and pray. Soon, hope rises like a wellspring from within. It takes over where doubt and fear had invaded my heart. My mind catches up to what the Spirit is trying to reveal. It is then that faith takes over, and the revelation of what God is going to do in the midst of this battle begins to take shape.

It is from the center of my heart that I cry out. It’s in my brokenness that I truly let go! My longing to hear His voice always takes me back to His Word. It is there that God declares His truth, His plan and His purpose. Papa God hears my cry for wisdom and discernment…He knows my desire to take the next step in the footprint of my Lord and Savior. With every fiber of my being, I long to sense calm in the midst of this storm. And so I cling to the Vine…knowing that at anytime, all hell may break lose. Or possibly it already has. My prayers must remain fervent…my supplication to my Mighty Warrior God must be constant. The battlefield is drenched with the blood of those wounded by the blows of the enemy. He is present…prowling around like a hungry roaring lion, seeking to devour…to steal, kill and destroy.

Over and over again my heart cries out to my Heavenly Father, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Let the cleansing begin with me…let your Holy Spirit be quickened in me so that not only I, but those that are afflicted, may be able to withstand the gales of the storm. Let your power be seen! Let us find comfort in knowing that the Enemy will taste your vengeance. Allow Your Spirit to speak boldly through my reaction to the circumstance. Your word is clear–You are the One who will take revenge; You are the One who will pay them back. In Your Word, You tell me, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” (Romans 12:19-20)

You, my God, want me…you want us…to extend grace! You tell us to love the unlovely…to watch as You stretch out your hand to the ones that are suffering in bondage. You want to use us to accomplish your purpose. And so I cry out to You Lord, “We cannot do this in our own strength. We need You Lord! Go before us and strike down the enemy’s walls! Tear down the strongholds that bind, and release your children from the enemy’s grip.”

And so we come before you today, calling out to You heavenly Father. Hear the resolve of our heart: “We will put on all of God’s armor so that we will be able to stand firm against all of the strategies of the devil. 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. Therefore, we put on every piece of God’s armor so we will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle, we will still be standing firm. We willstand our ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, we will put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that we will be fully prepared. In addition, we will hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. We will put on salvation as our helmet, and take hold of the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We will pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. We will stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all believers everywhere.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)

If you are facing a battle today…invite your heavenly Father to replace your fear with faith! Know that He is our mighty warrior! He has already won the battle! Surrender your cares at the feet of the cross! This is my prayer for each of us who find ourselves in the midst of the battlefield! – IN HIS STRONG LOVE – rose


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joy Barber
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 10:46:30

    this was from one of my devotionals today ;o)
    so discouragement is faith in evil!
    While courage opens the door to good
    discouragement opens it to evil—-Hannah Whithall Smith

    What is COURAGE? It is the ability to be strong in trust,
    in conviction, in obedience.
    To be courageous is to step out in faith–
    so trust & obey, no matter what!!–Kay Arthur

    If you trust God completely & without reservation,
    you have every reason on earth, and in heaven–
    to live courageously. and that’s pricely what you should do!


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