“We have ‘brother against brother’ and ‘sister against sister’ spewing words of hell-fire and brimstone based on minor areas of disagreement and preference. My friend, these things ought not to be named amongst us, yet they are and worse.”
Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise … (Micah 7:8 AMPC)
I think it would be an understatement to say that we are living in trying times. In fact the effects of ongoing spiritual warfare which is taking place in the spirit realm is all too evident in the natural realm.
There is an overwhelming sense of struggle as well as contention over one issue or another. Underlying bigotry has been propelled to the forefront and is now headline news. Individual and group defiance has become the order of the day and our country seems to have taken a step backwards in time; mimicking the national division prevalent during the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Nuclear war threats made by international powers via social and broadcast media outlets have many on pins and needles, and if that were not enough, massive storms, earthquakes and other natural disasters are striking all at once from one end of the globe to another.
Let’s not forget the personal and corporate warfare the Church of Jesus Christ is being subjected to both inside and outside of the Body. We have brother against brother and sister against sister spewing words of hell-fire and brimstone based on minor areas of disagreement and preference. My friend, these things ought not to be named amongst us, yet they are and worse.
One would be inclined to ask, what in the world is going on? What’s going on dear one is an amplified version of what’s been going on for centuries. The enemy of our souls knows that his days are short so he is intensifying his efforts to steal, kill and destroy as Jesus has spoken in John 10:10. “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]”.
Wait! There is good news for those who put their trust in The Living God. Yes, we are facing one attack after the other, but God is still on the throne. We may get knocked down but He will not allow us to be knocked out. The Bible declares in Psalm 34:19 “many are the afflictions of the righteous: but The Lord delivereth him out of them all”.
What, you may ask, is a person to do in times like these?
One thing I know for sure is no matter what is falling apart around us, the Word of God remains unshakeable, unbreakable and unmovable.
We must be sure our faith is anchored in the sure foundation of the Word of God and be in the habit of reminding ourselves what The Word of God says concerning us as well as boldly declaring it over our lives.
Here are a couple scriptures to help get you started:
“But as for me, I will look to the Lord and confident in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with hope and expectancy for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me.” -Micah 7:7-8 AMPC
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” -2 Corinthians 4:8-9
The next thing we can do is put on the armor of God as depicted in Ephesians chapter 6 and stand up and fight! Do not allow the enemy to defeat you because you refuse to fight.
In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off] (Galatians 5:1 AMP).
Finally, stage a protest against the warfare coming your way. Do not relent and do not allow yourself to be taken captive again. You are Free! Is there a possibility that you may falter here and there? Of course there is, but there’s no need to allow condemnation and self-pity to keep you down. You are not going out like that and neither am I.
For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked are overthrown by calamity (Proverbs 24:16).
Come on, say this with me… Though I fall, I will arise, I will arise!
Blessed and Holy Father, how great are Your thoughts toward us. You have given us the promise of Your Spirit to be with us in and through all things. Teach us to stand on Your Word and draw strength from Your Spirit in times of trouble and trial. Remind us that You are upholding us by the Word of Your power and we shall not be overtaken, but we will arise.
In Jesus name,