Ever feel you are in a battle? Ever feel like your on the losing side?
Growing up, every year we would head up to my Grandma’s at some point for our Christmas Family Celebration. Every year, there would be a selection of parlor games and board games to play. Every year, someone, namely me, would get upset.
Board games bought out the worst in me. Being the youngest, sometimes I just didn’t understand the game and would find myself loosing. This led me to have two responses to games. Go in, full on, competitive, proud and sometimes a bit crafty! The other response was to disengage, not join in, walk away. Neither of these gave me any joy. To be honest, thinking about it, I still lean towards the latter of the responses sometimes. I don’t want to lose, so I don’t enter the fight.
Do you ever feel like that with your faith? That it seems too much, too hard, to enter the fight? There is hope.
Romans 8: 31:29
We are more than conquerors! That’s what it says. To conquer means to take complete control. To be ‘more than’, I believe means for this to never be taken from us. We are fuelled with hope knowing we can stand in Jesus’ victory over death and evil.
Yet, we still enter into battle. “Satan is our adversary. He sends all kinds of life-defeating, joy-stealing attacks to threaten the well-being and faith of God’s children. Many of those attacks are listed in Romans 8:35–39: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, and sword. Paul is encouraging us to stand firm in our faith when those attacks come, reminding us that not only will we win in the end, but Jesus enables us to win now.”*
What to do when we face hardship:
Stand Firm – Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”
Gather People – Ask people to pray for you and fight with you in this.
Hide in Him – This is often the hardest, but make time to press into him. I have a fight songs list on Spotify of worship songs that fuel hope in me in tough seasons.
Pray Biblical Prayers – remind God of what He said he will do, of who he is. read psalms aloud, remind yourself you are not alone.
Take Courage – remember Jesus said “It is finished”, and one day we will know the fullness of this promise. One day war will be over, death completely defeated, sin obliterated and evil destroyed.
We pray for you in this season, that you will know; “a very Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year…without any fear”
….I don’t apologise for loving this