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

The 23rd Psalm

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I memorized the 23 Psalm when I was a little girl.   It meant so much to me even then.  But, now that I am older, I realize the true meaning of this powerful Chapter known as the 23rd Psalm.  I would like to share with you what I have learned. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures

How many times have we been through stressful times when we did not know what to do?  I remember many such times.  But I heard God’s voice telling me to “lie down.”  Often, we don’t realize that we are walking in our green pastures, and we can’t see it because we don’t allow ourselves to lie down and be at peace. 

Even though I walk through the valley of death

The valley of death is just a shadow.  God is walking with us, guiding our steps out of the valley.  Keep following him and he will lead you to the mountain top where you will be able to find peace and relief.

God’s rod and staff will comfort you

Every shepherd carried a staff for the sheep and a rod for the wolves.  A rod is a symbol of authority and a staff is an instrument of support.  God gives us both.  He has power over us which means nothing, or no one person, or any situation can harm us, or take us from the love of God.  He will bring us through and support us through the valley.

He anoints our head with oil

The shepherd anointed the sheep’s head with oil for protection.  The sheep stuck their heads in holes in the fields which had serpents in them.  Because the sheep’s head was anointed with oil the serpent would strike but could not penetrate the sheep’s wool.  For us, the oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is our helper, who gives you the power to be able to go though the valleys and climb to the mountain peak.  This means we never have to walk alone, or feel like we have to do everything in our own strength, which is limited to us.  We can rely on God’s power that always is at work in us and for us.

But I must point out that the declaration, “I will fear not evil“, is what speaks to me the loudest.  Just to say it satisfies the soul, what a declaration of independence!  What a soul-stirring heralding of absolute truth.  Proof positive of the resident anointing of Faith in my heart.  To face perilous times with the firm and absolute conviction, come hell or high water, “I will fear no evil.”   The scripture states “the enemy goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”  The purpose of the roar of the lion is to paralyze his opponent; to terrorize them and to leave them  helpless in fear.  The animals that are able to stand in the face of  fear forget to run because they are terrorized by the roar of the lion.  If the devil is seeking for someone to devour there has to be someone who he cannot devour.  

I have learned the difference  that those that can be devoured and cannot be devoured is based on how we react to the roar.  When life roars at you and you react in utter terror, forgetting who you are and whose you are, forgetting what God gave to you, and you forget where God brought you from, then we become a victim for the lion’s dinner.  But if we remember whose we are and what we are and refuse to be intimated by the lion’s roar than we can evaluate where we stand and become the victor in the test.  Remember the devil thrives off of our fear just as God moves off of our Faith. 

The devil does things in our life to terrorize us.  Anytime the devil does anything against you, he will make sure you hear about it.  Because worse than the event, is the terror that rises up inside your heart because he is seeking whom he may devour.  But, our God sends us out as sheep among wolves.  I ask myself, why would God make me a sheep when he knows I have to walk among wolves?   And then,  not even allow me to fear or be in terror?   He also reminds me that he has not given me “the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”  God says “I am the good Shepherd.”  So whenever some thing comes against you to terrorize you, or intimidate you, never forget the 23 psalm.  Because the 23 psalm is a lethal weapon in the hands of a believing sheep.  Because it has Power to deliver!

Blessings, Erme