There have been moments in my life where I ask the Lord to bring me into battle, so that I can break chains that I need to break in order to do the work of the Lord. If you don’t go through it you can’t grow through it, am I right?
I find myself in that moment, the Lord has provided an area for me to grow through. The Lord has provided a situation where if I do not call upon His name in that moment, where if I choose to lean solely upon my own might, I would fail. I find myself in this moment, and it’s almost as if my vision gets blurred and I cannot see two feet in front of me. Fear takes over and I curl up in a ball like a child.
In that moment with eyes clenched tight I say, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”, for I know not what else to say.
It is then when I hear, “You are equipped, but you are allowing the enemy to consume you. Why are you afraid? I have prepared you for this moment, why do you take your eyes off of me?”.
In this moment, I stand. I stand firm in the Lord’s promises that I am an overcomer, not a victim. I stand firm on the promise that the Lord is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. He does not light the next mile of my journey, only the next few steps, and this is enough.
I am equipped to go to battle, and so are you. I am equipped to do the Lords will for my life. I am equipped to bring light into the darkness, but that means that I have to walk straight into the dark, knowing full well that the enemy is in the dark waiting for me. We are equipped to fight the good fight, we need to stand upon the rock, and not the sinking sand.
Some practical steps we can take to persevere and prepare for these moments:
- Be in the word. Don’t use the excuse that you are too busy. This is the one point that is on every pastor’s Sunday sermon. There is always a call to be in the word. I challenge you. I challenge you to be in the word for three days, and see if your mindset starts to shift.
- Pray. I am sure we have all heard the saying, “Pray without ceasing”. I don’t know about you but I find that just a tad difficult. Praying all hours of the day? I think we would run out of things to pray! But here’s the thing, it’s not about the check list of people we need to pray for and the things we need to ask for. It is about cultivating a life-giving relationship with the Lord. It is just like texting your best friend when something exciting happens in your life, or when you call your parents when you have a question about being an adult. Do you take these same concerns and moments to the Lord?
- Mentorship. This word can be limiting and labeling, but allow me to elaborate. Being in a friendship/relationship with someone who pours into you, so you can pour into others is vital to our faith. Having a mentor that you can go to and count on for wisdom, that knows the walk you are in, that can uplift and encourage you to keep fighting the good fight when life gets hard. This is the one thing that has carried me through when I felt that I just couldn’t continue any further in the fight.
I am equipped to go into the dark, and so are you, but not by our own will. We need to seek the Lord in all areas of our life so that we don’t get consumed by the enemies lies. Our family’s baggage, chains, abandonment, being brokenhearted, knowingly living in sin. All of these things are nothing compared to the freedom the Lord gives us when we walk by His side.
Remember that you are equipped to fight the good fight.