Don’t Give Up!
Life is a constant battle. From the moment we drew our first breath to when we will draw our last, we are in a war! A young man told me a couple of days ago that he was tired of the fight and was thinking of ending it. ‘Why should life always be a battle’, he asked. He asked further, ‘if it all ends in death, why not quicken it along and end it all, once and for all?’ This is an extremely faulty logic peddled by the devil. Inasmuch as this present life is a constant battle in an unending war, eternity on the other hand, is based on the outcome of the war fought while in the flesh! It is then prudent to be mindful how we fight here. Why, you may ask.
From Genesis chapter 3, the battle line was drawn between man and the serpent: “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). And Revelation 12 made it more clear why the battle is more fierce for the sons of God: “So the dragon was furious with the woman and left to wage war against the rest of her offspring – those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony about Jesus” (Revelation 12:17). Our greatest consolation however, is that our God has taken the battle on Himself. All we are to do (on our part) is to trust Him and stand our ground: “Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us” (Romans 8:37, AMP). That is why we are encouraged to “Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned…” (1Timothy 6:12a).
Beloved, you were called into this fierce war, not because you are more special than the rest but by the Grace and love of God; not to lose either, because it has been fought and won on your behalf. All you have to do is believe and claim the victory in faith and walk in it! That is why we have been encouraged to put on the whole armor of God with which to defeat the enemy (Ephesians 6). The reason we still feel the terrible heat of the struggle and fight is because we are yet to let go and walk by faith in the victory in the finished work of Christ. Don’t be confused. Everything is being orchestrated by God to make you come out victorious: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Understand that God did not call you to serve Him in vain. He called you to take your stand for Him against the wiles and wickedness of the devil! Beloved, God knows your strength is small, that is why He declared He is your Strength and Refuge, an ever Present Help in times of trouble. He had never failed those that trusted in Him, He is not about to start failing now. David trusted Him and we saw how He kept David from a battle that would have taken his life – the war that killed King Saul and his sons. It looked as if the Philistine kings rejected him, but God orchestrated it, to not only save his life but to equally save the lives of his family that unknown to him, had been kidnapped by the Amalekites.
Beloved, as we walk with the Lord He shows us the good fights to fight and protects and prevents us from the bad fights! He is the Master Strategist, a Mighty Man of war and the LORD is His name: “You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord [Who is] with you. O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you” (2Chronicles 20:17, AMP). Don’t be alarmed by the situation you are in, STAND your ground in obedience in Him and watch Him come through for you! You will not fail in the mighty name of Jesus Christ! God bless you!