It''s War Part 2
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and
of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). NKJ
Part Two of Three
Oftentimes we are bewildered and beleaguered soldiers. Sometimes we
fall. Sometimes we despair. Always we need to fight for and with our
community. We may think that we should muster up some kind of special
faith and we fall short. We forget that our God is with us all the
time. He doesn’t ask for grandiose actions, He simply wants us to call
on Him and trust that He will be with us. This includes big or little
God answers our calls instantly. Even if we don’t do it right because
we don’t know what is right. He promises us in His Word that when we
call He will answer. He responds to our heroic efforts of faith.
But what if He doesn’t answer instantly? Many of us live with
constant “what ifs” that never happen, and with some that do happen.
We are helpless in the face of fear. The fight against panic is a
constant battle. We struggle to keep a sound mind as we face the
giants in our lives.
Still, a war rages around us and would hinder the good things in
store for us. Here we are, soldiers inducted to engage and our
weapons are as unseen as the war we fight. We must remember to put on
our spiritual armor.
As we have learned, part of that armor is the Helmet of Salvation.
Checking first to be sure that our commander is Jesus, we then check
our thought life. The Bible tells us, “For the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting
down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the
knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the
obedience of Christ …” (II Corinthians 10:4,5).
Figuring out which thoughts to keep and reject must be one of the
most difficult things we do, and it is constant. Our minds are always
going to and fro with something.
Always filling my mind with scripture verses every minute has been
imperative or I would be dwelling on emotional traumas or traumas
happening in my external world.
One of those places I read was Exodus, chapter 14. Moses was leading
the Israelites away from Egypt and this is where they came up against
the Red Sea. By this time, the Egyptians were coming after them. There
was no place for them to go. In my crisis, I thought there was no
place for me to go, either. I read further. I saw that there would be
death for them either way. The sea roared on one side and a vengeful
king with his soldiers out to kill them on the other side. God spoke
directly to their immediate problem and told them not to fear, but to
stand still and see what He would do to deliver them. He did a big
thing! He parted the sea! What? That’s impossible! He drowned the
Egyptians behind them. He completely saved them! What would He do for
me when I came up against the seas and soldiers in my life?
I faced issues at home that meant I needed power by the hour. I
sensed the presence of those unseen spiritual beings intent on my
destruction and fear of them put me into a POW camp for years. Waves
and waves of fear hit me. At times I felt nearly incapable of
functioning, so great was the fear. I constantly read the Bible and
prayed. I did all I knew to do to abide in Christ. I really had to
learn to believe God no matter how I felt and what was happening
around me. Sometimes I thought I would slip over the edge into
insanity, so unbearable were the panic attacks.
Spiritual darkness surrounded me and it felt like something pressed
on me from all sides and I imagined I could hear raucous laughter. I
determined to go through by trusting God. Through much Bible reading,
I had assurance that God would not leave me. He would save and protect
my children, even teach them and prosper them, and that His words
would not depart from their mouths forever. I found out that our God
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