Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 15: Waging War and Pressing On

{For by wise guidance you will wage war, And in abundance of counselors there is victory.}
Proverbs 24:6

You will wage war on this Earth. If you belong to Christ, Satan will not sit idle while you raise up Godly children, raise up God's name, or raise up churches or ministries for the kingdom. He will seek you out for destruction.

{Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. } 
1 Peter 5:8

When I lived in Dallas, I lived and breathed the book, "Freedom from Fear" by Neil T. Andersen. In the book, Neil gives a picture of Satan's plan for the life of a believer. I have never forgotten it. Anytime doubt tries to overthrow my belief in Christ's ability to change my circumstance, his example reminds me to press on. 

He gives the analogy of walking down a city street with sky-scrapers towering above you. He says, "Imagine if hanging out of every window above you are Satan and his legions. They throw things at you, hurl insults, scream, and attempt to capture your attention. He says, "If you belong to Christ, they can't have your soul, but if they can have your attention and your mind, then they will have victory over you." He talked about how so many of us stop moving forward. We stop and argue with them. We debate them. We get so pre-occupied with our surroundings that we do exactly what they hoped: we stop moving forward. They can't have our soul, but they can have our time, our effort, our peace, and any other ground we are willing to give them.

The finish line is up ahead. 

Don't stop. Keep believing. Keep expecting God's radical provision. Keep telling the devil where his place is: under the feet of Jesus and eventually in the lake of fire. Wage war wisely with the sword of the spirit. Wage war in the abundance of counselors- with the men and women of God he has placed in your life to help you in your time of need.

 For I know there is victory in Jesus.