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

Clocks In The Sky

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Nearly fifty-eight years ago an entire neighborhood witnessed a supernatural phenomenon in the sky: a gigantic white clock appeared in the heavens. I know this because I was there.

Being a young child of about five, I remember the crowd of people gathered in the street to observe this wonder. Neighbors came outdoors to view this huge timepiece hanging overhead (exhibiting roman numerals on its face) with their mugs of morning coffee in hand.  I saw the clock but my interest was primarily upon enjoying the free “street” play while adults discussed the significance of it all.

What really drew people’s attention was the placement of the clock’s hands.  The clock read five minutes to twelve.  I too noticed the hands’ placements, funny that at such a young age this captivated me. I recall my family pointing to it now and then as they conversed about its meaning with other folk in the community. The clock hung in the sky for most of the day and faded as the afternoon transitioned into dusk. If this marvel happened today it would go viral on the net!

Reader, stay with me a little while longer as I share the meaning of this true-to-life phenomenon.  I refer you to the story of The Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-10) in the Bible. I’ll briefly recap the highlights:

As they set out to meet the bridegroom, five virgins in this tale were wise and prepared by taking oil with them for their lamps. Five foolish virgins took lamps but neglected carrying the necessary oil. The bridegroom delayed in appearing and the virgins began to doze off. At midnight there was  a shout, “Behold the bridegroom. Come out to meet him!”  The women jumped up to trim their lamps and those who lacked oil asked for oil from those who had it. The prudent five said they could not spare it and suggested they go buy some. And, they hurried off to do so. Meanwhile, the bridegroom appears and ushers the ladies who were prepared to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.  Later, the foolish ladies return but are not given entrance to the banquet.  As the scripture reads, “Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us. But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you. Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 12: 11-13, NASB)

I recently heard a message by Dr. Owuor, of Kenya on the appearance of a golden clock he witnessed in the sky on May 3, 2007. However, the timepiece he saw displayed one minute to twelve. (Spiritually, we must note the time refers to evening – midnight.) Four minutes difference is not much by human reasoning but in God’s timing it is significant. As Dr. Owuor states, that one minute tells us that the day is almost finished and the new day is beginning — when the clock strikes midnight judgement begins.

You may choose to believe it or not regarding the physical appearance of clocks in the sky. People who know me realize I am not one to fabricate stories to the amusement of readers, unless I state it as such. Dearest reader, I believe our access to heaven’s gate is narrowing. As a warning to all, God placed this supernatural image in the heavens to awaken us from our present sleep. True, no one knows but God when Christ will return; but, the clock is ticking.  Will you be ready for His return?  I pray so.

When We Go Through Tough Times

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I Corinthians chapter 10, verse 13 states, “Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But, God keeps his promises, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm at the time you are put to the test.  He will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”   This verse states  two things to me.  It says that God is in control — he will not allow me to be tested beyond my power to remain in him.  It also states that God will give me strength to endure it.  This is good news! I have found that the worse thing I can say to myself during difficult times is, “I can’t cope because I feel hopeless.”  The bible tells me to challenge that type of thinking no matter how difficult things get. 

Nowhere in the bible does it state we will be spared of discomfort.  John chapter 17, verse 15 states, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but I do ask you to keep them safe from the evil one.”  Wow…what does that mean?  It states that God is in control.  He knows how much I can endure.  He will not let me be tested beyond my power to remain firm.  He also tells me he will give me the strength to endure it. 

I need to watch my attitude.  If I base my attitude on how to get through difficult times on 1 Corinthians, 10 verse 13,  I would take the attitude that, “God has given me this test, so I just want to through it as quickly as I can and get going.”

But, I read in James 1, verse 2 -4 that he has presented to me the attitude I should be adopting.  “Consider it a sheer joy, friends when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.  So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed , not defiant in any way.”  I learned that my attitude had to change.  My thinking of difficulties as a curse is to be avoided.  The saying, “Don’t get out of anything prematurely,” has really made a huge impact on me; on how I think about the whole process of difficulties.  God has shown me he wants to use every difficulty I go through to develop my faith. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  When I am going through difficulties, I think they will surely destroy me, and I cannot understand why I am going through them.  But this verse tells me to trust and  rely on God. 

“We need to trust in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.”

After reading this verse (Romans 8:28) I realize that God knows his plans for me and what he is doing is for my good.  I don’t have to understand everything, I need to trust him like a child trusts his Father.  God shows me that I need to stop complaining to others, I need to tell them that God is giving me strength and his word to go through the difficulty, and to grow in my trust and faith in him.

Philippians 4:8 tells me to stop worrying about what I am going through.  So I fill my mind with Praise: things that are true, noble, pure, lovely, and honorable. I then recall times when God has answered my prayers, especially the difficult times when I had to rely on God for each moment.   These are the times I know that God has been closest to me, and demonstrated his power to me.

So for me, finding verses that cause me to think, to trust God, to make a decision to accept them, and to apply them to my thoughts will make a difference in my difficult times. 

It is not easy to change the way I think and act, but with the power of the Holy Spirit, I believe I can make these changes in my life and to trust God when I am going through those difficult times.

Blessings,

Erme