"The struggle is real", a phrase commonly used by me and my girlfriends in a joking way & yet it carries such weight and such truth. This walk, this journey, this race as a Christian is a fight. Becoming a Christian is must like enlisting in a war. Once you carry the name of Christ you become a target and our enemy does not fight fair. Fighting this daily battle can become wearisome and there are times when quite frankly we just don't FEEL like fighting. I've had plenty of those days! I learned early on that when I don't feel like it I've got to speak truth to myself. Below are the 3 truths I remember and remind myself when the battle seems too big and I don't want to be bothered with it all.
'The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, - Duet. 1:30
When the battle is raging it is so easy to feel alone. One of the tactics and lies the enemy uses to trap God's daughter is the lie that you are alone, no one knows how you feel and you are the only one fighting this hard. It is a big fat lie!!! This is one of the key reasons why community is extremely important. We must live in constant community, no soldier in a war goes out to combat alone they go with their unit. Who is apart of your unit for combat? If you currently don't have a unit what unit can you join? Your local church, women's group, and bible study are a great place to start building community. Most importantly God almighty is fighting for you!!! He goes before you in every single battle you face. Though you may not see His face and though His hand may appear absent remember the just (meaning you) will walk by faith. Sight may say you are alone but faith screams that God is SO with you and SO very for you!
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. - 2 Corinthians 10:4
This is something I have been learning more and more. God has equipped His daughters with weapons! I'm not talking about stick thin branches to ward off flies in the woods. We're talking 2 by 4's, shot guns, pistols and grenades to take down the enemy of our soul. Honey, you are ARMED ... or are you? The weapons have been given to us and made available for our taking but we must USE them!! I encourage you to go to Ephesians 6 where Paul speaks about the weapons God has entrusted us with and how we can DAILY use those weapons and put on the armour of God. I am a very territorial person. I get very protective of those I love. It is absolutely crazy to me how I would not let another person mess with me or those whom I love but I let the enemy do the same thing to me and those whom I love in the spiritual realm. Princess, God has called you too be a warrior for His kingdom. Let's not be passive we are in a VERY real war. Pick up those weapons of yours (THERE ARE SO MANY) and let's fight.
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. - Genesis 50:20
It's not about you! This fight, this war is so much bigger than just you. Each and every one of us are called to reach certain people for the cause of Christ.Some of us at larger scales and some of us at smaller scales. Regardless of how many people you are called to reach the fact remains you are called to reach people! Now those people that you are called to reach are meant to reach people as well and those people are meant to reach people and so on and so fourth. When you choose to give up the fight there is a ripple effect that takes place that goes beyond you! The enemy of your soul has meant many of the battles in your life to make you defeated, to make you quit and give up but God has intended that those things grow you, that those things make you the warrior Princess you were always meant to be. The battle is bigger than you remember that when you want to give up. Remember that when you start to feel alone, remember when you feel powerless and weak that there is a whole generation of girls who will also feel that way and YOU have been called to reach them. Beloved, the battle is bigger than you.