I have learned more and been challenged in greater ways in the past 12 hours than I have in the past two weeks, and the lessons came through tears.
Sometimes…well, most of the time…as ministers of the Gospel, we are engaged in active spiritual warfare. Sometimes, an arrow or two gets through the defenses and they pierce the skin. And it hurts. Sometimes we cry ourselves to sleep hearing the lies and crying out to God with the little strength we have left.
You know, the thing I love about God is that He never lets us go. When I woke up this morning, I immersed myself in the Word of God. I opened a book that I am reading and heard a message that I desperately needed to hear. He challenged me this morning to take serious steps of faith. My God fought for me. While I slept, He answered my cry and made me stronger. This morning we won the battle I have been fighting the past few days, and I am victorious in Him.
Who would have thought that the enemy’s arrows and my heartfelt tears would be a diving board for deeper faith? Only God can use the enemy’s weapons against him. This is what the children of God experience: the wounds caused by enemy forces make them stronger. As soldiers for the Kingdom, we can never afford to forget that we are on the winning side. Any attacks sent our way are hurled by an enemy that knows he has lost and wants to bring as many with him as he can. Don’t let him win. Determine to use his attacks against him. Use them as a diving board into a deeper and more profound relationship with Jesus. Throw it at Satan and shout, “In yo’ FACE!”
Here’s the formula for success in the battle: once in a while, an arrow might make it through the defenses. Cry out to Jesus. Cover yourself in the truth of the Word of God. Tune your ears to the voice of God, hear the challenge coming from your Master and Commander and take off running after Jesus in obedience. Remember the challenge from Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Even enemy arrows…even tears…can catapult you into greater things in Christ. Go out there and live the Great Adventure!