Stay In The Battle

                                                                                      Stay In The Battle
 
Background: 

When soldiers are engaged in a battle, they often become tired, hungry, cold, and aching. However, because of the task at hand, these soldiers continue despite their feelings. They know they have been entrusted with a mission and that lives are depending on them. 

As Christians, we have a more excellent ministry. We have the ministry of reconciliation. We are here to reconcile our neighborhoods, families, and society back to God through the power of Jesus Christ. So we must not allow anything to stop us from “moving.” To “move” means to continue to trust God despite how it looks. To “move” means to remain committed to the purposes of Jesus Christ despite our feelings. To “move” means to allow God’s will to be done in our lives despite our insufficiencies. We keep “moving” because we know that God is in control. 

As Christians, we are in a battle for our minds, for our destiny and peace. Many of us are dealing with situations that limit our ability to obtain all that God has for us. And at times, these challenges have us feeling overwhelmed, sad, upset, and just tired.

But like soldiers in a battle, we have to keep moving. We have to learn to move wounded if you will. What does moving wounded mean? Moving wounded implies that we are determined not to let our wounds stop us. 

Either intentionally or unintentionally, we all have been wounded. The wounds make us vulnerable to specific thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. But despite our weaknesses, we have to keep moving. Moving means that we acknowledge our wounds, not cover them up, because we serve a God who can heal us while we are moving. 

Life is not always going to go the way we want it to go. Challenges will occur, but we can’t stop. The biggest enemy of our destiny is our ability to control our thoughts, feelings, and emotions contrary to God’s will. We will go through periods in which we believe God and periods when we don’t. We will be determined and ready to stand one moment and ready to give up the next.

There will come a time in our life when we will have to grow up into the things of God. We will have to accept that challenges will occur and be determined to move despite those challenges.

When we can keep moving by faith, God will strengthen us. He will meet us at the point of our weakness. He will be there to encourage us to go a little further.

Sometimes we can become so overwhelmed that we feel depressed. We can feel as if God is not helping or that something is wrong with us. But sometimes, God appears not to be helping us because He has a greater purpose. 

The God in us is stronger than we think, and He is setting us up for something good. If our weakness or hindrance were a problem, God would move it.

Let’s take a minute and look at Hebrews 11 1-3 and 35-38. (read). Some of you will have a similar experience found in Hebrews 11. But the verse would read like this: 

Many believed God for healing; still, they did not receive it; many were falsely accused, many had to go to bed hungry and afraid, not knowing where their next meal was coming from, many had to walk through neighborhoods riddled with gunfire, some have lost their marriages, saw their only child killed or imprisoned for life, some had to deal with sickness and illnesses that were painful, while others had to live with homelessness, fear and the residue of drug abuse. Yet, they, like those in Hebrews, obtained a good testimony because they believed God.

Believing God is not the same thing as feeling God or seeing God. Believing God speaks to maturity, it speaks to trust, it speaks to a knowing inside of you, even when it doesn’t feel like anything is happening.

Keep moving. No matter how many times you have tried to get off of drugs and failed, no matter how unkind life has been to you, and no matter how many times, it did not work out before. Keep moving. Keep trusting God. Keep believing that He can, even if it does not like it. Keep getting up and going to bed. Keep putting faith to your words. It takes faith to trust God enough to try again.  

How to keep moving when you don’t feel like it?

  1. Trust God (IS 40:28-36)
  2. Depend on God (11 Corn 12:9)
  3. Rest in God: don’t’ hide your problems; talk to God.
  4. Read the Word of God even when it doesn’t seem like it’s getting into your spirits.
  5. Know that you are not always going to feel like it. Don’t let your feelings dictate to you your love for God.

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