Stand Strong

Are you in a battle? Does it seem as though you have battles raging on multiple fronts? Are you wrestling with attacks coming from different sources? Would you consider the possibility all those attacks are coming from one source?

For most of us, our lives have been disrupted for many months. We feel as though we are being bombarded from all sides at once. Our defenses and coping mechanisms are being worn down. We may be getting close to the point of throwing in the towel.

This year has been especially tough. We have been quarantined, sick, living in fear, refusing to admit fear, doing our best to stand strong for our families, bombarded by political quarreling, and seen social injustice come to the forefront…again. All this on top of our normal lives that include working jobs, looking for work, paying bills, taking care of kids and grandkids, and sometimes simply trying to survive. Now, throw the upcoming holidays on top of it all!

We are growing weary and weak. We are feeling beat down. We are growing tired. We are fed up with fighting multiple battles on multiple fronts. We may even feel as though we want to curl up in the fetal position and cry. Yet, there is hope. There is really only one source fighting against us.

So, how can I say there is really only one source attacking us? We see it in Scripture. We are fighting against the powers of darkness—Satan’s evil forces. This may sound a little absurd. After all, we are not living in some science fiction movie. Yet, it is the truth. 

You see, all the evil in this world has one source. It is all generated by Satan and his demons. He works through people, just like God works through people. He works in the natural world, just like God works in the natural world. He continues to attack us to make us stumble, cause us to lose our faith.

To fight the source of all our battles we must pray. We must call on the most powerful source—the Creator of all that has been created. As we turn our whole hearts over to Him and we reach out for His help, we find that He provides us with the strength to stand. He takes up the battle for us. In fact, He has already won the war. So, turn your battles over to God. Allow Him to fight on your behalf.

I pray we all turn our battles over to God. I pray we ask Him to strengthen us. I pray each one of us will remember there is one source for strife and One source to eliminate our strife. Spend time in prayer. Ask God to strengthen you. Ask God to battle for you. Trust that God has already won the war.

Ephesians 6:12-13 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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