Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Battle Fatigue

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

I received an eMail from a Sister in the Lord a few days ago. The content of it was to pray for a mutual friend who seemed to be struggling with sickness and spiritual fatigue. Toward the end of the eMail she said that she has been “flooded” by such requests recently. It doesn’t surprise me, especially the spiritual fatigue, because it seems as though the battle against evil has heated up in recent days. 

No, I’m not talking about the upcoming mid-term election! I’m referring to the ongoing battle that Scripture warns us about concerning:

• The world — the dominant value system around us
• The flesh — the old nature within you
• The Devil — the one who is out to “kill, steal, and destroy” any and everything godly

Victory is ours, thankfully! But it won’t happen through self-help strategies, seminars, conferences, or therapies. Victory is ours by means of a person — Jesus — the One who came to “save the people from their sins.”
Paul knew about that war only too well. At one point he cried out, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body dominated by sin and death?” [Romans 7:24]

Paul answered his own question, and it’s our answer as well, “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” [Romans 7:25 NLT-SE]

You are at war today. You may not be wearing fatigues, eating in a mess hall, or dodging bullets, but never forget you are a soldier for Christ and you will be in the war until the day you pass on to glory. So, when battle fatigue hits you, turn to Christ. In Him you will find “rest for your soul.” [Matthew 11:28-30] 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 

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