The Battle Rages!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

I have a friend who says those words in the title often. I dedicate this post to her. She called me this morning with an encouraging devotional she wanted to read to me. She thought I needed to hear it. If you don’t have a sister in Christ who will call you to encourage you because God places you on her heart, I pray that God provides one for you. One step further, I pray He also makes you that person to another sister.

Did I need to hear the words she read? Absolutely.

You know what I heard even more? I heard her when she said that God had placed me on her mind to call and encourage.

It was no accident. God provided comforting words, a soothing balm, through a friend. He still speaks. We have His Word and we have people in the body of Christ to come alongside us and grab us and pull us from the trenches. It’s still God doing it. He’s using others to follow His plan.

Yesterday, the enemy of my soul began attacking me in the one area that gets to me more than any other. I was out and about and I had to say aloud in the car, “Come, Lord Jesus.” I was calling on the One who is able to tell me truth louder than the one who is speaking lies into my mind. Then I had to begin remembering Who my God is and who I am in Him.

It’s not a magic chant. It’s war and when I find myself in the midst of the battle, I must cry out to Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord my banner Who goes before me in battle. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous runs into it and is safe.” – Proverbs 18:10

The enemy has his strategy for getting to me. It has been since May that he has done this. I’ve been so happy and so free! I thought he’d never do it again. I was wrong.

Is it over today? No. As my friend says, “the battle rages!” And so I am clinging to what I know is true about the One Who goes before me in battle and I am praying and walking one step at a time. I’m reminding myself through Scripture what I know about my Redeemer, my Comforter, my Father, the One Who will never forsake me, Who loves me unconditionally, Who recognizes my hurt and sympathizes with me.

I choose to get my eyes off the circumstances and off myself and focus instead, on Him. And so, as a student of Hebrews, I’m approaching the throne of grace with confidence. My great High Priest ever lives to intercede on my behalf. He is aware. He cares. He wills to work this in my life for good.

Praise Him!

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