Today’s thought comes right off the heels of my reading a blog I started following fairly recently (scottishinvasion.blogspot.com). The writer tells of his and his wife’s journey through adoption over the course of the last year or so with many highlights and many more disappointments – but a victorious ending! One of the blogger’s entries resonated with me, for it met me and my family where we are in so many ways. Here is a summary of the portion from the particular post that impacted me:
II Chronicles 12:14 – “… he did evil because he did not
determine in his heart to seek the Lord.”
Most of the time, the enemy probably doesn’t bother you because you are already evil. Do you feel like you’re being attacked by the enemy in your life?
Then you’re probably of no danger to him in trying to
thwart the spread of God’s Kingdom.
I feel it can go both ways…sometimes God allows attacks to draw us closer to Him due to our stagnant spiritual life. Other times we may be attacked because we ARE a threat to the enemy in his attempts to thwart the spread of God’s Kingdom.
As believers, for all of the attacks that make it our way, we should consider it pure joy!
God’s word says, in Matthew 5, that it rains on the just as well as the unjust:
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NKJV-23279b" data-link="[b]” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>[b] 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;
for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?
Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you greet your brethren<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NKJV-23282c" data-link="[c]” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>[c] only, what do you do more than others?
Do not even the tax collectors<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NKJV-23282d" data-link="[d]” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>[d] do so?
48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
If you think about it, we are attacked mostly in those areas in which we are most passionate. I feel God allows those things that we are most passionate about to be used #1) because He wants to remind us there should be no other gods or idols before Him, and #2) our passions are where we spend most of our time and energy, so it makes sense a battle would take place in these areas. Sometimes, even our Godly passions can take precedence over our passion for God Himself.
When believers are in battle, we are not fighting for ourselves or against anyONE, because we are in the Lord’s army; and “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12.) When you feel someone is attacking you, just remember…We are not fighting people, for they are just the tools the enemy uses to distract us. We are fighting the enemy; but we are not alone.
We fight for HIM! He is fighting for us and with us and is using these battles to help us grow spiritually stronger. So….“consider it pure joy, my brethren, when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4) It is hard to be patient, and it is even harder to practice self-control while we wait, but we must remain pure and right and honorable in all of our words and actions as we wage the war. It will be a glorious victory if we do!
God is not just good, He is awesome! He has been reminding me that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood…” and also of the importance of prayer over the last several months. Prayers in my quiet time will often trigger the remembrance of a song that has touched my soul in one aspect or another. Lately the song that replays over and over in my head (and on my computer throughout the day as I work) is “Oceans” by Hillsong United. It exemplifies where I want to be in my spiritual walk.
I want to trust God without borders and to have my faith grow stronger daily in the Lord as I seek to mature in Christ.
This will not happen if I do not ‘determine in my heart to seek the Lord.’
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
‘Oceans’ by Hillsong
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33