Friday, April 5, 2013

Victory is mine, says the Lord

Psalm 108:13 "Through and with God we shall do  valiantly, for He it is Who shall tread down our adversaries."
Recently there has been a lot of talk about going into battle  and having confidence in our victories. It's the kind of talk that gets your inner warrior stirred up and ready to engage. But sometimes that inner warrior can get a little too rambunctious and cause us to get ahead of what Abba is doing. We need to remember that not every opportunity to enter the fray should be answered, only Abba knows what battles He has for us to partner with Him on. Only He knows what we are ready for and truly capable of. I guess some of this is coming from personal experience it is no fun getting battle wounds because you engaged in something that wasn't yours to engage in.  I look at the children of Israel when they went to battle against Ai without God's blessing and the got their butts handed to them or the seven sons of Sceva that ended up beaten and naked because they didn't have the authority to engage. Even when the warrior is stirring and is ready to go we need to remember that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit we need to wait until we receive direction, and need to be quickly obedient to Abba's guidance. Another thing that we need to watch for is not get so focused on battle that we spend all of our time looking for and pursuing the enemy, we are not called to pursue him. We are however called to pursue people sometimes the greatest battles we engage in is showing the world the love of the Father breaking through crusty exteriors built up by wounds inflicted mostly by religious people. When we engage from the kingdom of God our strategy changes we don't engage as the world engages, many times victory is found in death, death to self, to lies, to traditions, to whatever is blocking our victory.
Romans 8:37-39 "Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
1 John 5:4-5 "For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and  relies on that fact]?"

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