I discussed one of my key players in my last post – my Prayer Box. Being thankful for what the Lord has given us, taking time to show our appreciation in a way. This, my friends, is my War Board. Although there is a current influx of many “War Room” quotes from the incredibly popular movie that came out a while back. I personally could not accommodate a “War Room” myself, our current living situation is too small, but of course, that doesn’t stop me from working something out. I used to have one where we at one of our previous houses, and had been kinda struggling since we moved into our most recent place. And then, one day, I came across this cork board that had been taken down from it’s previous job and was just sitting in a corner. Suddenly, I knew exactly what to do with it. Now, it is my “War Board”. My wall of encouraging scripture, and obvious strategic battle plans that I can easily refer to, a part of my house that I walk past regularly and look at. Reminding myself of key phrases and scripture to help me in our battle against Satan. Because I am a firm believer that we are in a battle, and if you think God has time to bless you, and be presently active in your life, then do not fool yourself into thinking that devil is not also presently active in your life.
1 Peter 5:8 tells us, to be sober and vigilant because our enemy lurks like a roaring lion waiting for someone to devour. And Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world. We are lights of the Lord, and the devil wants to snuff out that light. And we need to be prepared for that. I alluded to, in one of my original posts, that last year, was the worst year of my life. Satan threw a lot at me last year. Its not very encouraging when you are venting to people about stuff happening in your life, and they gently tell you, “you remind me of Job.” If you are ever feeling sorry for yourself, read Job. If you haven’t read Job, read Job. That is an entire book confirming the fact that God and the devil are active in your life. But, that’s kinda what my life looked like. I had a family member buy me some over the counter anti-anxiety meds because they were concerned for the amount of stress happening in my life – also very encouraging :P. Because, the devil was actively attacking me, and please believe, he was pulling out all the stops. And then, the final event of last year happened, my dad died. Now, I believe that it was my father’s time, and that was God’s hand. It was time, and I do not begrudge that. But, I also believe that when my dad got to heaven, God told him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” – And, I have made my peace with all of that. But, here’s the deal, when that happened – after I finally shook off the fog and the shock and started getting back into my life – I had a completely different perspective. I started to realize that I was being attacked, that devil was trying to dissuade me from my faith, that I am a light, and that I am destined to do things for Christ and bring people to the faith and help them grow.
So, sometimes it’s God doing stuff, that isn’t necessarily bad, although it may seem like it at the time, but he’s really just moving things around to make new things, and sometimes it’s Satan actively attacking you, and we need to try to discern the differences. My “War Board” has helped me gain understanding, helped me grow, and continues to encourage me along my walk. There is power in having scripture on your walls, there is power in reading scripture in your prayers, in declaring scripture over your life, and you need to take an active stand to make that possible. You are what you eat, and if you are not eating the bread of life….. What are you eating? I know, we’re all busy, we’ve all crammed our lives so full of stuff, that we make all sorts of excuses as to why we don’t have time. But you need to make time. God and the devil are making time for you. I have a poem on my “War Board” that reminds me of this. The poem is called, “The Difference” by Aditya Pratap Nayak. I encourage you to look it up (I’m still researching how to give people credit without plagiarizing on here). It’s main theme is that you didn’t make time for God, and then wondered why your life was so hard and you didn’t get what you asked for….. Stop making excuses, start making time, and you will see the difference.