“While there is left in you a trace of ill-temper, or of vanity, of pride, or of selfishness; while there is left in you a single sin, or germ of sin, you must not rest from the battle. God does not require from you to be sinless when you come before Him, but He does require you to be unceasing in your perseverance. He does not require that you shall never have fallen; but He does require unwearied efforts. He does not require you to win, but He does require you to fight.” -Frederick Temple
Lately I’ve been experiencing a lot of things that are outside of the norm for me and other things that I haven’t experienced in a long time. I was trying to figure things out and struggling through these thoughts and emotions and it finally hit me like a ton of bricks. Spiritual warfare. I become so caught up in what’s happening that I forget that living for Christ is not always easy.
1 Kings 21 was a good reminder that standing up for God’s law and being obedient to Him is “dangerous” so to speak. God never promised to give me physical safety, but He does promise that He will equip me for the battle that matters. I need to be on my guard and to stand my ground. I should not worry when spiritual warfare happens, but be worried when I don’t see it. Then I either am not being used by God, or I am oblivious to it, thus giving evil a foothold. It is even somewhat comforting realizing that there is some sort of attack happening, as weird as it sounds.
It is almost ironic that last time I was at Tanalian Bible Camp the theme of the week was being Warriors for Christ and we memorized Ephesians 6:10-18. It’s completely about putting on the armor of God and being ready for battle. I know that God wants to do something powerful in my life this summer and I need to be ready. That means preparing now. That means realizing that the lies that I can so easily believe, the physical tiredness, the issues within my family, the worries about finances, the fears of leaving, and the self doubt is all part of the battle. It’s not easy to step into the Endless Frontier because attack is inevitable. But the good news is, I am on the winning team. The Frontier is not safe. But I am safe in the hands of an Almighty God.
“The triumphant Christian does not fight for victory; he celebrates a victory already won.” -Captain Reginald Wallis