We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies- 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
When you read this, is this just another quoted scripture that you read occasionally or is this a dissertation of your life on this planet? How active are you in the BATTLE OF THE AGES? Has the COACH of the UNIVERSE heard your request, “Put me in Coach”? Is your life an easy journey toward happiness and your prepared retirement? Or are you a SOLDIER, who knows what’s worth fighting for? Do you wage WAR with the ENEMY of our GOD and have the HEART, BRUISES and SCARS (HBS) to show that you are IN THE BATTLE?
Leader, we have this LIE from the DEVIL, that says if our LIFE is going well, if it is easy, if there are few struggles- then we MUST BE DOING PRETTY GOOD! And when things are tough for others, if they are struggling-if they are having financial struggles, and familia struggles then we think: “THEY NEED TO GET THEIR SPIRITUAL HOUSE IN ORDER”? To combat this FALSE BELIEF, we must seek scripture. Job was walking with GOD when Satan- in the heavenly places got the OK to SIFT and SQUEEZE Job. (Job 1:1-8) Jesus was WALKING with GOD in Luke 4 when He was HARASSED by Satan: Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. (Luke 4:1-2)
Conduit, we need to realize that SATAN’s #1 way of tempting us and numbing us into a NON-THREATENING status is EASY. Life is an undulating line, it has PEAKS and it has VALLEYS. Our spiritual journey is also fraught with HIGHS and LOWS and if you are going steady, COMFORTABLE- we call that a FLAT-LINE. It is in the VALLEY, the low points of our WALK- that we gather the resources for the journey UP. And it is on the mountain of GOD, those high points that we must remember HOW GREAT is our GOD! We are to FAIL FORWARD! Jesus told us this; “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Jesus also told us this in John 16:33; “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” We see the NEW CHURCH embracing LIFE’s STRUGGLES; strengthening the souls of the disciples and encouraging them to continue in the faith. “We must endure many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. (Acts 14:22) NO matter what your situation or status, if you are IN THE BATTLE- Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice- for you are being used by GOD! Amen!