Friday, October 17, 2014

Preparing for a BATTLE!!

                                        

These last few days; I feel as if God is preparing me for a battle.. Only He knows what that will look like.  As I have been mediating on HIS WORD... I didn't realize how many scriptures pertained to a "battle" of some kind.
http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Battles (to find a few)
There is a song that comes to mind as I read many of these verses:

by:Jamie Owens-Collins
"In heavenly armour we'll enter the land
The battle belongs to the Lord
No weapon that's fashioned against us shall stand
The battle belongs to the Lord

The power of darkness comes in like a flood
The battle belongs to the Lord
He's raised up a standard, the power of His blood
The battle belongs to the Lord

When your enemy presses in hard do not fear
The battle belongs to the Lord
Take courage my friend, your redemption is near
The battle belongs to the Lord"



In a conversation I had with a friend many years ago; I had asked her about preparing for ministry and her words still ring true to my ears, even now... She said "God will not put you in the front lines of a battle without first preparing you for it"

Think about it in terms of being a parent.  We would never put our children in any kind of situation, first and for most without considering the level of maturity & responsibility that they display. 
For example, last week my daughter went to her first home coming dance.
After evaluating the situation and coming to the conclusion that she would be save in the surroundings (due to the dance only being a middle school dance, and that the group was going just as friends and no dates) we gave permission for her to go. 
 I had a conversation with friends who was struggling with letting their daughter go to the dance.  During the conversation I had mentioned that both girls are very trust worthy and mature in their age, given neither parent a reason to doubt their judgment, to which they agreed.  I think the hardest part is just watching our kids grow up!!

Now, would we have allowed her to go two years ago?? NO! Because she wasn't ready to go. But also, when we as parents make decisions for our children we can't make them based on anxiety and fear.  We could possibly miss opportunities for our children & disregard their individuality.

I say all of this because this is what our heavenly Father does with each and everyone of our situations as well.  He doesn't make a decision for our lives based on someone else.  He doesn't make a decision based on fear or anxiety. Nor does he put us in a situation until we are mature and ready for that situation.  This gives me reassurance knowing the seasons of life we go through is because they have come from the hand of the Lord.  He orders each and everyone of our steps. Each path will be different from another.  There is so much to learn in the path that we take, But as we put our Trust in the Lord we can stand on the promise that He will guide and protect us every step of the way!!!





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