Monday, May 05, 2014

Fighting our own Battles.

Isaiah 30:15 (NLT) This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength..."

The Scripture tells us we have the power to tread upon our enemy (Luke 10:19). It also says, we have been provided armor for battle (Ephesians 6:11-18). So if we are supposed to rest in Him, why do we have all this power?

We have been given power to do His will, and we can rely on Him to protect us. God loves us more than we can grasp (Ephesians 3:19). We are His children. He is the only perfect Father we could have. It could be you are fortunate enough to have a great earthly father, but no father on earth could love you like your heavenly Father. And He wants to protect his children.

So how do we activate this protection?

I spent so much of my Christian walk trying to take care of my own problems and getting nowhere. I believed sin must be the problem. I tried to eliminate sin in my life. The harder I tried---the harder it became. I could get one sin under control only to realize I had another sin to deal with.

I found myself in more bondage than before I received the gift of salvation. Now I had twice the trouble. I had life challenges to deal with plus the bondage of sin. It was not working and I was getting depressed.

Isaiah 30:18 says, "So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help" (NLT).

I take my personal battles to God. In quiet confidence, I wait for Him to take care of them. I don't work for it by trying to eliminate sin in my life---God takes care of that too. Instead, I take my entire God given strength and use it to fulfill His purpose. Whether His purpose is as simple as praying for others, or full blown ministry, this is the kind of thing the armor is meant for (Eph. 6:18).

Be blessed---mighty warrior!

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