“…I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me…What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 7:23-25a
As soon as we wake up it seems like the cares, worries and anxieties of this life come rushing down on our mind, heart and spirit like a torrential flood. Wait a minute…it’s what kept us up, awake and staring at the ceiling all night. Tired, no exhausted before our day even begins. Discouraged, defeated, alone – on the verge of depression we just can’t seem to get up, even after the alarm has gone off for the third time. Hold on, wait – what happened last night? In our attempt to temporarily numb our deep rooted pain and ease our troubles – we grabbed one too many drinks; clicked one too many times; took one too many pills and this morning…well, do we ever feel guilty and sicker than a dog. Which reminds me of what Steve Farrar said, “Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go; sin will keep you longer than you wanted to stay; and sin will cost you more than you wanted to pay.” Truth. This is not the life that our God had in store for us friends. Not at all. Not even close.
We’re at war – every moment of every day there’s an unseen war waging against our heart, mind and soul. Are we battle ready? In Jesus’ name, will we declare war on what we think, say and do? On our deep hurts, bad habits and self-defeating hang-ups? This time we’ve had it. Never again. This time we stop playing the victim and blaming others. This time we reach out and finally grab the life perserver God has repeatedly thrown our way. His name: Jesus! This time we truly resist Satan’s attempts to attack, defeat, kill and destory us in one way or another – especially our faith in God. This time we will stand firm in who God IS and who we are IN Him: His precious child. This time – this day, as soon as we get up; we clothe ourselves with the full armor of God and His strength to face every day and all the troubles that come our way. This battle – our life and faith battles, belong to the Lord…will we surrender them to Him, truly will we? Ephesians 6:10-11 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” So, will we? In Jesus’ name, will we declare war on what we think, say and do? On our deep hurts, bad habits and self-defeating hang-ups? In Jesus’ name, we are more than conquerors! (Rms 8:37) Say this with me, “In Jesus’ name, I am a conqueror!” As the song lyrics state, “Oh, praise the one who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead – Jesus!”
In Jesus’ name, I’m a conqueror – so are you friend(s). Love ya,
P.S. See you this Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m. as we worship our God together.