One of the things you can never truly know about yourself is how you’re going to react to life’s extreme struggles, trials and difficult circumstances – until you’re faced with them. You know the adage: “Fight, flight or freeze”? I’m going to add one more to that: FAITH. We all face the pain and troubles of life, but we don’t all face them the same way. Some rage and scream. Some cower. Some tremble. Some hide. Some fight. Some flee. Some freeze in fear. For most people, our reaction to anxiety, fear, shock, stress, trauma and difficulties depends on what is going on inside and outside of us – and how high the stakes are.
While many unexpected things happen in life, how you respond to the external forces of life is very telling of the internal forces at work inside of you. That is not to say that if you overreact or if something traumatizes you that it’s a sign that your walk with the Lord is on shaky ground – no! It means that the only way to prepare ahead of time for the tough seasons in your faith and in your life is from the inside.
Finding Courage Under Fire
Out of nowhere it seems, when life feels like it is in a season of rest, the enemy attacks, pouncing upon you like a tiger in the trees, and tearing at your mind, your emotions and your faith with a vicious, deadly instinct to steal, kill and destroy. This is why your faith must be ready at all times because Jesus assured us that in the world, tribulation and trials would come. (John 16:33) Satan will go for the weak, the lame, the sick and the young first, but he’s just as willing to go after the strong as well and, just like any skilled hunter, he has been stalking you and watching your life and he knows where and when to strike you in the places you are the most vulnerable.
You are not weaponless in your battles, and you are not alone. But if you’re going to emerge victorious, you’ll need to become a skilled warrior and a master at using the weapons God has given you. Just like you wouldn’t step into a war zone without as much training as possible on how to use your weapons, how to keep your wits about you and how to respond to attacks, you shouldn’t think you’ll be any more successful at stepping into life without proper “training”! Then, in the day of adversity, when you have a choice to make- fight, flight, freeze or faith- you’ll be able to take a stand against the enemy and will find yourself unmovable against the tide!
Worship is your training. Worship hones your spiritual instincts to react how God needs you to react in battle. A lifestyle of worship is what you’re going to fall back on when it’s time to retreat, or regroup, or take refuge under the shadow of His wing. If you’re a worshipper now, having honed your instinct to turn to the Lord in worship in all things, then when the battle comes, you’ll be ready and you’ll know how to respond to the enemies that come against you. Start today! In Psalm 91, the Psalmist wrote, “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”
Thought for today: Having Done All, Stand
The enemy has taken enough territory! It is time to take it back. In every battle we face, we have a choice to make- whether we will run away, fight in the natural, freeze in terror or stand in faith. Your spiritual instinct will be directly proportional to your spiritual preparedness. That is not a point of condemnation, but encouragement! When Jesus said, “The violent take it by force” – He meant YOU. You have the spiritual right through Jesus Christ to wage war against the enemy for your family, your health, your finances, your hopes and dreams, and anything else God has given you. Will you be afraid? Yes! These battles are a matter of life and death! But remember, fear is a spirit (2 Tim. 1:7) and you have spiritual authority over that too! Worship will keep your spirit strong.
You “set your love” upon the Lord in worship – and His Word promises that He will honor that. Worship is how you stay connected to the Spirit of the Lord. His Spirit will give you everything you need – even words about what the future holds, if the Holy Spirit needs you to know that (John 16:13). Your job is to stay connected to Him and fight for that connection every day, every moment, if need be- and don’t let anything break it. Not lies from the enemy about your worthiness, not being too busy, not self-consciousness, not grievances against yourself or another person – nothing. Get into the presence of God through worship now, before the battle begins. Worship is the winning strategy!! Fight. Flight. Freeze. Faith. Train yourself to win!
Start Building Your Strength Right Now and Push Back Against the Enemy!
- “Winning the War Against Your Mortal Enemy, Satan”
- “Take the People of War With You Into Your Battle Season”
- “You Can’t Borrow Another Person’s Armor- Or Their Faith”
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