06. May 2017 · Comments Off on THE LORD IS TEACHING YOU TO FIGHT · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Spiritual Growth, Trusting God

These are the nations the Lord did not force to leave. He wanted to test the Israelites who had not fought in [experienced; known] the wars of Canaan. (The only reason the Lord left those nations in the land was to teach the descendants of the Israelites who had not fought in those wars how to fight.) (Judges 3:1-2 EXB)

Beloved, I remember attending a meeting once and one woman that I have never seen before leaned over to me and said… you are one strong woman. I didn’t even bother to ask her why she said so. I just looked at her and smiled because I knew what she was talking about. In my lifetime, I have fought very many battles. Yes, I have indeed fought many battles; some with the Lord because I found it very frustrating that someone that is supposed to love you this much doesn’t always swiftly answer your prayers when you desperately come knocking. After all, the Bible says… even before you ask, He has already knows (Matthew 6:8).

It’s even more frustrating when you know what the Lord has promised you. However, I remember listening to someone say that it’s not what you live to your children that matters but what you live in them. If you live them all the wealth you have got without instilling wisdom and other valuable virtues in them, the possessions would soon disappear and they are left with nothing. ‎If you don’t believe me ask the prodigal son who wanted his inheritance but didn’t want to learn how to work to sustain it. He soon used up his inheritance in no time.

So, I finally read our feature text and understood that God knows exactly what He is doing. He wants us to develop spiritual muscles because as we’ve been informed… from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion] (Matthew 11:12 AMPC).‎

Beloved, because of the things you are up against in the kingdom, you need to develop tenacity, boldness, courage… Yes, you need to develop a fighting spirit… one where you are forever wearing…‎ all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:11-12 NLT).

Only then are you able to stand in the day of trouble. Could this be the reason the Lord hasn’t answered your prayer to drive out all of your enemies yet? SELAH! pause and calmly think of that. Are you wearing all of God’s armor?

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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