“But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:39
This verse has been on my heart for some time now. It speaks of surrender in the midst of a battle…surrender to “that thing” that wants to overtake us.
Those “things’ differ for everyone.
Financial struggles- marriage struggles- kid struggles- depression- feeling worthless- work struggles- addictions- just plain crap happening.
The verse eludes to those who are tired, fed up, hopeless and no longer believe they can win. Quitting feels easier…
Something happened in my spirit this morning after talking to yet another person who seems to be getting hit right and left…
something that sounded like “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.”
I could not personally do anything to take away this person’s crap but I could encourage her to put her eyes back on how big our God is right in the midst of these battles.
In fact…I was reminded of Isaiah 59:19 that tells us “when the enemy comes in like a flood, God raises up a standard against him.”
Yes, sometimes our respective crap is because there is a real enemy that seeks to dim the light in our souls.
John 10:10 says “The thief comes to only steal, and kill and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.”
This abundant life Jesus speaks of is found RIGHT IN THE MIDST of crappy battles.
Battles that want to cause us to shrink back, give up, get offended and say….”____________.” (Fill in your choice of words)
It happened to me a few weeks ago. I got hit smack dab in the heart with a situation that called out to me to be offended. The offense was real, it was wrong and I had a case that even the worst attorney could have won. I wanted to fight back in my own way. I had words that could have pierced a heart and brought shame. And apart from the Holy Spirit tackling me and reminding me that He would defend me without me creating more damage, I would have added insult to insult.
“Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” 1 Peter 3:9
Instead of surrendering to the offense, I asked Jesus to help me do what I cannot do in my own strength. Oh, I could restrain myself if I was tempted to smack someone BUT, I could not keep offense out of my heart without the help of God. And I desperately needed Him to help me.
The enemy is after your heart my friend. Your heart is the place where belief resides….where either faith or doubt ultimately steers your life.
The enemy wants you to believe…
No one cares.
No ones sees what’s really happening.
That you are not worth fighting for.
He wants you to believe you are alone and this storm is going to take you out.
And he wants you to believe it will never get better…..
And if we believe him…
We will shrink back.
we lose our fight.
we lose our faith.
and we lose.
God has given us a wonderful tool….. more like a weapon…our faith.
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” 1 John 5:4
I’m all for defending ourselves in the physical. If someone tried to break into my home, I know how to use a gun. I could preserve the life of my family in one shot. And I’d be sad for the intruder, but my sadness over a death would not keep me from preventing other deaths.
Yet, the enemy of our souls is an intruder…and he wants more than our physical death.
He wants to steal the life out of our living.
We would never be okay with someone who would try and rob our home so why do we shrink back in the midst of battles that want to steal our hope….our faith….our soul?
Maybe it’s because we need to say, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” and believe that our faith is a weapon that will overcome the lies, temptations and offenses that want to destroy us.
If this sounds pie in the sky…..so be it.
I’ve lived it.
I’ve been so overwhelmed with sorrow in the past that I wanted to leave this earth….apart from a flicker of faith at the time, I would not be here.
I would not be delighting in every minute I play with my grandkids or seeing my family overcome every stinking obstacle the enemy has thrown our way.
I would not be seeing God take what the enemy meant for evil in my life and turning it to good…
I would have never overcome the pain my own choices have caused without faith….
I would not be seeing…
Faith is believing before you see… It’s more than presumption…it’s CRAZY CONFIDENCE.
It’s having an assurance that although crap is coming from within and without, God is here…with us…and He’s not caught off guard or worried.
It’s the assurance that WITH GOD, nothing is impossible and He will not abandon us in our darkest hour or our crappiest crap.
That faith is available for all who come to the table of God’s Word and drink it in…
“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” Romans 10:17
Hope has been laid out for us…in Christ. A life that never ends and will one day enter into eternal life where we no longer deal with crap.