Scripture makes it clear there is a battle occurring between light and darkness in which we are engaged. We are told of unseen enemies, instructed on the weapons of our warfare, called to resist, stand firm, pull down strongholds and charge the gates of hell. The challenge, however, is that spiritual warfare usually does not seem spiritual at all. It disguises itself as “bad luck” or “just having a rough day” or “personality clashes”. Camouflage is a common battlefield tactic, and our spiritual enemies use it handily. We sometimes blame circumstances or people for our troubles when in fact, our fight is much more sinister than what can be seen. Yet we are “more than conquerors” because of God’s Love and Promises. LORD of Hosts, grant me this day good discernment and Your power to overcome.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.