Living In Light of Eternity (When All Hell Breaks Loose)

. . .the battle is not yours, but God's.  II Chronicles 20:15 (NKJV)

 

When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.  Isaiah 59:19(c) (NKJV)  

There are times in our Christian experience when we feel we are going through hell.  Jesus told us in THIS world we would have some trouble, but we should be encouraged because He has already overcome the world (John 16:33).  We know from Ephesians chapter 6 that there IS a war going on, but God has already written victory into our story (I Cor. 15:57; 2 Cor. 2:14).    We already know that we are the victors over fear, the bondage and baggage of our past, and an undisciplined thought life, for example.

Spiritual warfare is not new in the lives of believers.  Daniel, Joshua, king Jehoshaphat, Peter, and Paul all experienced spiritual warfare, but they all understood one thing:  it wasn't just for this present world, but the world to come that they served.  They understood that their service to God's people meant something in light of eternity. 

Wherever you are in your Christian experience, spiritual warfare isn't going away.  As long as we serve in this present age satan is going to fight us at every turn.  Some of our most effective spiritual weapons are the Word of God, prayer, praise, and worship (Also see Eph. chapter 6).  When Jesus was tempted by satan in the wilderness He fought back with the Word of God.   But why praise and worship?  Because praise brings God into your environment.  It brings balance and stability to our lives.  Praise and worship get us into God's presence; and in spiritual warfare that is exactly where we need to be. Warfare praise and worship doesn't dictate to God what He should do, but helps us agree with God and what He has already said about Himself. 

Today, sing a song of praise to God.  Enter into God's personal space through the vehicle of worship.  He is not only God of the present, but He is God of eternity.  That's why every time we praise or worship Him, we line up with eternity. 

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