Onward Christian Soldier

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

Feeling peaceful during times of stress is such a blessing. Recently, I sat down with my daughter and we had quite a conversation. We rehashed conflicts she felt were settled, but they were not reconciled in my mind. Earlier in the day, while talking on the phone, something said triggered my brain to start rolling like the wheel in the sky. One thought led to another and I soon found myself sending emails to the school inquiring what teacher’s saw, knew or overheard from giggling girls in the halls, about some incidents.

Conflicts are funny. When we brush them aside, thinking they are not magnificent, when they resurface, they appear clearer and we understand the magnitude they possess, finally grasping  what occurred from a little wave.  From experience, I know to never underestimate the power when something is set in motion. Many waves are tremendously strong and gain momentum and power with time. Those waves can wipe out entire cities, perhaps even nations, when the power is finally unleashed.

So what could possibly be causing me a tidal wave of emotion? A culmination of time led to a realization that I cannot afford to be oblivious any longer. I am determined to get the matter settled once and for ever. I certainly will pray about it.  Knowing it is best to brush aside conflict, and reengage with a battle plan, I am glad God has spurred me to go forward. (I am not saying I did not have a knee-jerk reaction when the incidents occured and for this I am deeply sorry.)

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Do not say, “I will recompense evil;”
Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.” (Proverbs 20:22)

I have come a far way in my training as a solider for Christ. There are miles of road left to travel. My bags are packed, meaning the armor of God is always near to me. “…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts1:8)

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:2)

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)

Even while battling, we are to remain humble. It is not “us” but God who gets all the glory. His wisdom lasts forever: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the Lord see it, and it displeases Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.” (Proverbs 24:17)  Christians forgive even the enemy.

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