November 12, 2012

Living for the War not the battles

Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—
    you get a fresh start,
    your slate’s wiped clean.

Count yourself lucky—
    God holds nothing against you
    and you’re holding nothing back from him.

When I kept it all inside,
    my bones turned to powder,
    my words became daylong groans.

The pressure never let up;
    all the juices of my life dried up.

Then I let it all out;
    I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”
Suddenly the pressure was gone—
    my guilt dissolved,
    my sin disappeared.

These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;
    when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
    we’ll be on high ground, untouched

Psalm 32:1-6

GRACE...that was the first thought that came to my mind when I read this piece of scripture Sunday. Then my next thought was....


We all know that every war is made up of battles, and history has shown that just because you lose a battle doesn't mean you have lost the war. It is what you do and take with you from the lost battle that can most help you win the war. 

This life is a war, and when/if you chose to become a Christian you just made the war a little more fierce. There is a war for your destiny and Heaven has an agenda for your life, but unfortunately so does hell. Satan is rather strategic in the war because he plays a mental war. 

In this war we are fighting we are going to "lose some battles". Which ultimately means we have fallen into sin whether its alcohol, drugs, lying, gossip, or even falling away from church. Satan would love to tell you that once you have lost the battler it is all over, but that's simply not true. You may have lost a battle to something you struggle against, but there is still a war to wage, and a war to win.  

Here is what God was telling me as I meditated on this verse and on this thought. The moment you are finished the battle and repent {:simply tell God your sorry:} your slate is wiped clean. But, too often we choose to focus our attention on the lost battles instead of the war and this is what happens....

ONE: When we look at the battles we have lost to sin, and ask for forgiveness, but choose not to live in grace, we are ultimately telling God "sending you're son as a sacrifice wasn't good enough." 
{:Heavy I know, but something worth thinking about:}

TWO: You end up loosing another battle because you're too focused on your mistakes from the last battle and deem yourself a "lost cause." It doesn't matter if you come to God asking for forgiveness for the same thing one time or 701times. God's grace is still as strong in the 701st time as it was the first time.

THREE: You distance yourself from God. When we focus on all of our sin that we are caught up in and the times we fall short we start to see ourselves as unworthy. When we see ourselves as unworthy we notice ourselves reading His word less and praying less because we just aren't quite worthy to be in His presence....Well, here is my reality check.
You are just as unworthy on your best day as you are your worst day. Being worthy has nothing to do with it. Grace has EVERYTHING to do with it.

FOUR: You chose to take a defensive position in the war instead of an offensive position. In battle it is easier to be the aggressor, the attacker than to be the one caught off guard like a deer in the headlights as you're attacked. Wage war on the enemy instead of letting him wage war on you through your thoughts. Start speaking life, destiny, healing, and a spirit that overcomes over you and your family. Start praying against the things the enemy is throwing at you and show the enemy that the battle means nothing because God sent his son to win the war already so there is nothing he can to to destroy you.

The war isn't going to end, at least not while we are on this earth...we are in this war for the long haul, but don't let a few lost battles make you wave the white flag. 
God's grace will see you through the war and he has already planned the victory celebration.

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