Whether we realize it or not, we are fighting a battle every single day. In the heavenlies, a battle rages for our souls and for the souls of those around us.
Jesus won the rights to victory when he defeated death and hell on the cross and through his resurrection. But each of us has to choose that victory for ourselves, and we have to pray for those who don’t know to see and understand.
I am not from an active military family.
My dad, grandfathers, and father-in-law
all served our country proudly before I
was aware of it, and I have not been
trained in the ways of military warfare.
But there are a few military strategies that
I understand. In a battle, soldiers must be centered. Distraction must not turn us from our focus or determination in the heat of the battle. Distraction becomes a bigger enemy than the opposition at that point.
Since I was a little girl, I’ve been taught to search the Scriptures regarding the End Times, and I believe we are there. I was telling my sister-in-law the other day that the things we learned about when we were little girls are happening all around us: blood moons, persecution of believers, rampant evil, people who are lovers of money and pleasure more than lovers of God, and the list goes on.
And I recently realized that I hadn’t been fully targeting the goal. I had lost my focus. I had allowed myself to become distracted at a key point in the battle.
Realizing a mistake is the first step to reaching toward the remedy.
Focus has returned, and it’s time to get back to reaching toward the goal (Philippians 3:14). Do what is right, even when no one else is doing it (or when it draws ridicule from others). Pray hard for the lost to find the truth. Open their eyes, Lord. Intercede for those who are confused or discouraged. Stand in faith. Declare that Jesus is Lord! Be a fully devoted follower of Christ. Pray and believe for miracles — nothing is too difficult for our God. Stand firm, resist the devil, and he WILL flee.
There is so much hope for the whole world. God is reaching out to us, in order to be found. “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’” Isaiah 65:1, NIV.
Spend time with God, my friends. Wait on him and listen. Don’t just give him a list of needs or wants — wait for him to speak to your heart. He is the teacher, and we are the students. He loves to help and lead us.
Get your head in the game!