June 11, 2012

Are YOU That Confident?

 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. ~ Galatians 5:10

Here we read of Paul’s confidence in those he was speaking of, but how can we be confident that we are seeing clearly and prepared for the battles we see?  Well, with experience comes confidence.  So God let’s us spar each other – after all, iron sharpens iron right?
These “spars” that we go through are not the battle, they are with flesh and blood opponents.  This isn’t to say that they are not equally being used by the enemy, as they are by the advocate, our Father who is for us and not against us.
The enemy tries time and time again, using his entire arsenal to deceive us.  He wants us to think the training IS the battle, so that we will exchange our view point, for his lie.  He is on a mission; “Mission Persuasion”.  He is attempting to tire us, wear us down and overwhelm our brain with his distortions and half truths.  He knows he can get us to digress and start chasing rabbits instead of following Christ.  When we get off track he feels confident that he will be able to obliterate our hope as we start to get tangles up in the forest of deceptions taunting us with God isn’t coming…….and you can’t hold on much longer so you might as well just lay down to defeat and be done with it.
But God tells us the truth with no distortions.  He tells us “I have come to fight these battles, you are weak against these evil schemes, but I am strong.  I have already won! “Mission impossible” is what Satan is fighting – it is impossible for him to have a comeback.  Remember, through Me ALL things are possible – this is your mission, Mission Possible!  When you believe and keep perceiving in hope through faith, no one or anything can persuade you of another view.
Yesterday we looked at taking the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God and standing in the might and power of the Lord. So, when Satan and all who have joined his evil forces are tempting you to shrink back – Remember the only thing that counts in this battle is your faith expressing itself in love. 
Paul made a statement and asked this question to those who had hope in Christ and were combating these same forces:   
You were running a “good race”, who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
He goes on to encourage them of the confidence he has that they cannot be persuaded to “take” another view.
We must beware and not overly confident though, because the real snare is being set up to catch us, Paul tells them: But watch yourself or you may be tempted, each one should “test” his own actions.  This is the duel; can you walk away taking pride in your victory without comparing yourself to anyone else?  Or will you go for the “flesh wound”?
I pray that each of us only spar with each other, not as to enter into the final battle, but knowing we are here to strengthen each other; making each of us the best we can possibly be.  After all, that is our Mission!

With Love ~ Kisses,

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