Spiritual warfare is our biggest challenge as we are being equipped to be mighty soldiers in the army of the Lord. Every word that has been made alive in us, is tested as we are experiencing its reality in our lives. In each battle, this is the question we face: “Do we believe Jesus is Lord?” Our response is our faith, our worship and our agreement with the Word of God.
Jesus is Lord and we know He won the victory on Calvary and works in and through us to win every battle. Because we know He is Lord, we do not heed any other voices. We follow Him, and stand strong in Him and the power of His might. Direct attacks can come against us to physically destroy us, or indirectly behind our backs to undermine what we do or do not say. Attacks come to hinder us and cause us to move backwards instead of forward. Our counterattack is denying the flesh, remaining in the spirit and allowing God to fight for us.
If God be for us, who can be against us? If Jesus is Lord, we are more than conquerors. If Jesus is Lord, the enemy is under our feet. Every if has to be removed and replaced because Jesus is Lord, hallelujah! Whatever battle we are in today, let us come in one accord and declare, “Yes, I believe Jesus is Lord,” and move forward victoriously, from glory to glory.
1 John 5:4-5 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
As we keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, every burden that weighs us down is removed and allows us to run with grace the race set before us. We are to lay aside every weight. It’s not placing it somewhere so we can pick it up again, but utterly casting it off.
The weight is not always sin; it can be anything hindering our moving forward. At times, the heaviness of some weights increases just to cause us to put them down. Weights are not always easily discerned. They are recognized when our undivided attention to the Lord is hindered and gets in the way of our beholding Him. As spiritual athletes, we cannot carry extra weight. There cannot be too much of anything or there will be an imbalance. Even too much of a good thing can tip the scale and hold back the best God has for our lives.
God, the vinedresser, prunes the best branches so more and better fruit can be produced. Laying aside the weights is part of this pruning. This pruning unburdens us so we may run the race freely. It is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Endurance and determination must overcome any desire to quit. The only weight increasing in our lives should be the weight of the glory of God, and that from glory to glory!
Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Opportunity is defined as a favorable juncture of circumstances that bring advancement or progress. As a child of God, we have favor released on our circumstances without realizing it. Unexpectedly, in the midst of our daily routine we receive a phone call, run into someone or are asked to do something unplanned. Our answer, our reaction to that happening, is what brings the manifestation of much more than we can see.
Sometimes it appears to be minimal, insignificant, of no importance or value; but with God’s favor, nothing is insignificant. At other times, it appears too big or totally impossible. Opportunities come suddenly so there is no time to hinder the outcome with our human thinking. We take a step of faith into what doesn’t have an immediate impact. When we are led by the Spirit of God, it almost always conflicts with what we see, hear or feel in the natural.
The Lord places someone in our path or something looking very ordinary to take us to the extraordinary. When opportunity knocks, let’s follow the leading of the Lord in answering it. God opens doors no one can close; He closes doors no one can open. We can trust Him and expect the unexpected, from glory to glory!
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
There is a process we must go through to attain all we seek to possess. Patience and perseverance are needed, and faith is tested when it is a long process. Knowing that we always progress helps us stay on course and stand by faith.
The process differs for each one of us, and it may be an unknown. We might think we have completed all that is necessary to reach a destination, and then find we have yet another step. Closures we thought we had might turn out to be continued matters. Also, our perception of our starting point might not be accurate. The where from is important in assessing the direction we are taking to a finishing point. Our progress becomes evident as we look at where we have come from, not at the place we have not yet reached. We never assume we have already arrived. Humbly we trust the Lord’s leading, moment by moment.
In the Lord, each phase is an achievement in itself. Our process is connected to our transformation in Christ, and we can rest assured of our progress. We are ready in and out of season. Every development we encounter draws us closer to Christ, our ultimate objective. We learn to enjoy the journey with peace, truly, from glory to glory!
Luke 14:28 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether or not he has enough to finish –”