The Rest in the Battle

Featured on today’s post is a writing by Linda Wages. Linda has begun a series on The Warrior to help seasoned believers sharpen their armor of faith. She plans on compiling her messages into a book soon.  Her thoughts on the rest in life’s battle are quite interesting and valuable to every person who desires a faith that will not fail in times of need.

 

As I shared in my last blog “The Warrior”, the “rest” is in the battle.  Have you ever thought that the evil one will fight against us  —  even to the point of keeping us from engaging in battle?

Ask yourself, what is in the battle?  I can hear you saying anguish is in the battle, endless tears are in the battle.  The list is endless.  The thought of facing the battle terrifies us and we turn to run, never looking back.  But I have learned that when I am in the heat of the battle, when I am fully engaged, fully in the fight . . . it is then I become fully focused.  My only intent is to survive.

When I am fully engaged there is “no weapon formed against me” that will prosper or penetrate my drive or armor.  It is when I enter the fight and my mind is focused on “civilian affairs” that I am wounded in war.

So is the rest in the battle?  A warrior who is fully trained in his skills mentally, spiritually, and physically cannot fail; he knows the outcome is VICTORY!  So I “rest” in the battle knowing in order to gain the Victory I must fight!

The LION OF JUDAH is preparing an army of Soldiers like this, an army who knows that the rest is in the battle.  Therefore, I must engage.  I must be focused.  I see many who are being called and are engaged in this battle for the Kingdom of GOD.

Then David said, “to the Philistine, you come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of the hosts, the GOD of the armies of ISRAEL, whom you have taunted.”

This is our cry in the battle!  Stay engaged.

Linda

Once a warrior always a warrior

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A warrior’s weapon is the Sword of the Spirit! Photo source: FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Once a warrior always a warrior. In times past the warrior had to fight for his family to maintain or gain freedom.  He had to bring himself within striking distance of his enemy’s weapon.  Thus, to fight he had to risk his own life.  Death was a daily occurrence (powerful and important to understand).

Our enemy today is no less dangerous and skillful.  Our enemy today is first and foremost in the battlefield of our mind.  He tries to remove our freedom in God by opposing our spiritual values.  Sometimes our enemy is laziness, or our fears.  My enemy tells me I can’t accomplish something and there is no point to even try.  My enemy tells me not to stand up for what I believe in because it is unpopular, or to hide my values because they aren’t the “norm”.The modern day warrior examines his past and wonders whether he has done enough up to this point for the kingdom of God; if he is worthy of the challenge that lies ahead of him.

We as modern day warriors are similar to the ancient warrior.  Although our enemies are not as they once were, we still fight every single day.  We battle because that is our calling.  If you want to make a difference in the kingdom of God, you have to fight, slay, and conquer the spiritual forces wanting you to remain in bondage. Their goal is for you to quit combat.  To live you must fight!  It is better to live one day as a lion than a thousand as a lamb. These turbulent times dictate that we cannot remain in laziness and bondage if we are to learn our weapons of warfare.  The warrior of God must fight!  Only a man who wakes up knowing this is prepared to face it and can call himself a warrior of God.

Fear of the battle is a good thing, it sharpens our awareness to the enemy’s next attack.  Weakness does not exist anywhere in the definition of a true Warrior of God .  Moments of weakness of course, but not someone whose “essence” is weakness.  We can feel the pain and anguish as we push forward in our pursuit of becoming one of God’s warriors; but, also the satisfaction of growing stronger increases with each victory.  You will be challenged to the death in some battles, but you will gain the respect of a  seasoned Warrior.

Learn the skills that remove the fear and doubt.  Quitting isn’t in the vocabulary of one of God’s warriors.  You create that endurance in your mind, body, and spirit, through the intense and heated study of God’s word, only then can you face the forces of hell that rally you to quit.  PUSH your spirit, your will, and mind through the battle … to go further … to be more focused on inflicting a mortal wound to the enemy you are fighting.  Work harder at becoming that Warrior of God.  In the kingdom of God, it is those that refuse to quit that succeed.  Endure hardships not because you have no other options, but with the focus that  these hardships are what make you one of God’s Seasoned Warrior’s.  It’s the hard times, that one day, will bring you to that place of VICTORY, SUCCESS and COURAGE in your spiritual battle.  EMBRACE them!  Rejoice that they are yours and no one else’s.  These long  hard roads are where the lessons are learned and God’s Warriors are trained.  What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Shalom, Linda

Suddenly, Returning to Egypt Seems Like a Good Idea!

Retreat is often a consideration just before reaching your mountaintop. Don't give up!

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw them— Egyptians! Coming at them!

   They were totally afraid. They cried out in terror to God. They told Moses, “Weren’t the cemeteries large enough in Egypt so that you had to take us out here in the wilderness to die? What have you done to us, taking us out of Egypt? Back in Egypt didn’t we tell you this would happen? Didn’t we tell you, ‘Leave us alone here in Egypt—we’re better off as slaves in Egypt than as corpses in the wilderness.'” Exodus 14: 10-12; Message Bible

The Israelites had just left Egypt for the Promised Land in this passage.  They were looking forward to what Moses said the Lord had in store for them.  Freedom, abundant life, plentiful food and safe dwelling places were all the wonderful changes coming in their new life.  They were promised God’s protection and His strength as they journeyed, and so they moved forward with anticipation; forsaking all and leaving the comfort of their former homes. 

Similarly, we have been promised these blessings as we take on the Lord’s commandments in our life.  We committed to following Him and forsook all in order to inherit His blessings upon our lives.  Oh, it is a great promise and one that we heard with such excitement; and thus, we vowed we would not forsake the path, come what may. 

And then we faced our first problem on our journey out of Egypt.  One that left us questioning ourselves, “Did I hear Him wrong?”  And we thought He had abandoned us and left us open, easy prey to the enemy.  We ran around in circles, throwing up our hands and crying out in pain, “Why, Lord, why have you allowed this in my life?  What have I done to deserve such treatment from your hand?  It would have been better for me to have remained the way I was than to have accepted your way of life!”   Suddenly, returning to Egypt seems like a good idea! When the enemy seems bigger than life and He’s coming at you from behind with all his army — you just want to run!  Your knees buckle, you freeze in your tracks and all you can do is cry out for dear life!

Moses spoke to the people: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today. Take a good look at the Egyptians today for you’re never going to see them again.  God will fight the battle for you.  Exodus 14: 13-14, Message Bible

When you reach the point where you want to turn back, the point where you think your former path was easier living, and want to just give up: cry out to God.   He will come to your rescue.  He will personally deal with your enemy, your problems, and remove them from your life.  From my experience, I have turned back and found that the old way did not provide any relief.   It only made my life more complicated and left me feeling guilty.  Guilty and sorry!  Sorry that I had given up so quickly, and guilty that I had found comfort in my old ways.  But, I think He knew this would happen.  I believe God allowed me to digress because he knew that  I would become a much wiser person for the wear upon returning. 

However, my friend, we are trying to establish our path forward without having to suffer the pains of abandonment,  and taking a detour that will only cause you extra mileage in your journey.  Learn a lesson from my experience: it doesn’t pay to return to Egypt!  Especially when you are so close to the promised land.

But the people you redeemed,
      you led in merciful love;
   You guided them under your protection
      to your holy pasture.

Exodus 14:12-13; Message Bible

After God delivered them from their enemy they sang a victory song to Him.  They acknowledged that He had guided and protected them with His mighty hand on the path to the promised land.   After you have traveled the long, hard road and arrived at your destination (your victory), then you can look back and see where it was He guided you through the perils of your journey.  Sing a song of praise, dance up a storm, laugh with joy; for He has delivered you from your problem and from being overtaken.

 Remember, when you feel like there is no way out and that you are going to fall into the enemy’s hands, cry out to God!  He will hear you and deliver you every time.  It’s His promise!

Be blessed in your walk today,

Dee