In the thick of it
Sorry I missed last week. I have deeply tried to be dependable and consistent, as this blog is very important to me, and I believe it’s important to many of my readers as well. So I first wanted to apologize, and to let you know that it’s not something that I took lightly. But, as I have warned you, when you are going the right way, you will be attacked. And, here I am, trying to share with all of you, to prepare you for battle, to help you endure the tough times, and Satan absolutely showed up. This past week was a roller-coaster of emotions. I went through so much stuff in just two short weeks. Sometimes it’s incredible how much life can get stuffed into a seemingly short period of time. But, I will say, that again, I felt so proud of myself, and I was reassured once again, that I’m on the right path. That I have the full armor of God and that I am a victor, and MORE THAN AN OVERCOMER!
Just a few short years ago, a couple weeks like this would’ve had me complaining and crying to everyone and anyone that would listen. I would be asking for prayers and pity as I didn’t know how I was going to make it. But God. But God, every day of the week, has made me a new creation. God continues to mold me and shape me to be more like His son. He has only brought me in closer to the fold. And, I have hidden His Word in my Heart that I might not sin against Him, that I might endure, that I would draw on the strength of our Mighty Lord and Savior to overcome. To have my breastplate of Righteousness, and my shoes of Peace, and Helmet of Salvation, and Shield of Faith, and Sword of Truth, that I extinguish the enemy’s fiery darts, and know that I serve the one true God.
And, I knew all of that, because I read the Bible, because I pray, because I have a relationship with my Lord and Savior, and in all the moments that I felt like everything was too much, that I just couldn’t believe what was happening next. #Godshowedup. Because He always does. Because He never fails, abandons, or forsakes. Every time, when I could feel myself starting to FrEaK oUt, God would whisper an assurance. He would use someone nearby to just say something so profound that I knew who was really speaking. I knew they were just being used as a mouthpiece to help assure me that I was on the right path, and that I would endure, I just had to keep my shield up and my sword close and stand firm in my shoes of peace. And that was something else too. His overwhelming, ethereal peace would just nestle down deep inside me, like a warm hug.
In the midst of a particularly trying moment this past week, when someone I was talking to was literally being hysterical, one moment crying, the next full of rage, all of the sudden, they just went, “And, Why are you so loving?” <—- Awww, right in the feels. The only response I had was the truth, “Because that’s what Jesus wants, and I do love you.” Right in the midst of mayhem, God reminded me that I am a new creation, I’m not joining in the hysteria, I’m the calm, I’m the center, I’m the light. And although, this person doesn’t practice as much Jesus as they would like, in that moment, I was the Bible they needed. I am the 5th apostle, and so are You. Sometimes, you might be the only Bible someone reads. I really try to live that. How are we supposed to bring people to Christ, if we are full of hate, or grief, or worry, or whatever? Who wants a part of that? But if you are just so loving and peaceful that it blows people away and seems incomprehensible, people want that. Who doesn’t want to be someone who always seems to know what to do or say, in the midst of chaos?
That’s the purpose of the armor. That’s the purpose of the Bible. That’s the purpose of having a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ and the Father and the Holy Spirit. Is to let them guide you and mold you and shape you into something AMAZING! You are wonderful just as you are, and God loves you. But, just as parents always want what’s best for their children – so does our heavenly Father, and He knows that there’s a better version of You. He also knows that sometimes You are the only Bible that someone else is reading, be worth reading. Let His Light shine through You.
I have experienced some true chaos in my life. And, in the grand scheme of things, these past two weeks weren’t too terrible, but to have the peace of God inside me while I was in them made them seem even less terrible. Looking back in retrospect, I’m like, “Whew! That was rough!” But, honestly, I can’t imagine enduring them without God. Without having those reassurances that I’m on the right path. And, the craziest thing was that while I was writing “Prepare for Battle” I knew Satan was cooking some stuff up, but I sleep in my armor, so I was ready.
Because, I AM A VICTOR,
I AM MORE THAN AN OVERCOMER,
I AM GOD’S SECRET WEAPON.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You. Thank you for holding my hand, thank you for giving me words of encouragement. I pray Father, that you stand with your army every day of the week, and give them the assurances they need to be Overcomers. That they too, are your secret weapon. That you bless our hands and our feet, our comings and goings. I pray that you give the supernatural, ethereal peace to all of us. That we may all be the gospel and the Bible that others need to see your light. I pray that You bless each and every one of us, that we NEVER face our battles alone. That you are the Great and Almighty Father, and that you have defeated Satan with your heel, and that we might also crush him with ours. That we always have the strength for another day, another battle Father. That we might always rise up again and be the Victors, in Your GREAT AND GLORIOUS NAME! IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!
There are many branches of the Union Gospel Mission. I am picking one that’s close to home. As we draw into the winter months, this homeless shelter will house hundreds, if not thousands, of people from getting frostbite and succumbing to the elements. They also preach the gospel and help every one in need that comes to their door. ” The Sioux Falls Union Gospel Mission where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still preached every evening at 8 p.m., where food, clothing, shelter, and care are given freely to all who are in need, and where its purpose is still to “Proclaim the Gospel of Salvation by Grace in Christ and Him crucified, for the salvation of souls and the establishing of believers.” Please pray for them, and for those that need their help. *Keep warm!