Thursday, January 29, 2009

How long will this attack last?

"Having done all...stand." Ephesians 6:13 NKJV

The size of the prize determines the severity of the fight. The enemy knows your vulnerabilities and he'll push you to your limits. When he does, remember: "Blessed is the man who endures...when he has been approved, he will receive the crown" (Jas 1:12 NKJV).

We recently had a brand new baby added to our house!! No, not a child, a baby bird. It is the product of our daughter Cassidy's 3 years of asking, begging and persistence. (Sweetly, may I add.) "Approved" means victory qualifies you for greater things. "Endures" means your staying power is being tested. She got the victory because of her persistence, despite the impossible (me) odds.

So, "having done all...stand." You say, "How long will this attack last?" The Prince of Darkness hindered Daniel's prayers for twenty-one days (See Da 10:13). Goliath defied the armies of Israel forty days and nights (See 1Sa 17).

Your enemy is relentless; you must be, too. When it comes to prayer, your persistence overcomes his resistance. "You have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise" (Heb 10:36 NKJV).

David didn't get into trouble with Bathsheba until he left the battlefield. It's the safest place to be. So stay there, keep fighting and God will come to your aid. When Joshua needed extra time to defeat his enemies, the sun stood still. God was saying, "As long as the sun doesn't go down you won't go down either, for the same power that's holding it up is holding you up." Isn't that great?

Jesus healed people in different ways. Some He spoke to, others He touched. One day He told ten lepers to go and show themselves to the priest. And the Bible says: "As they went, they were cleansed" (Lk 17:14). They were probably wondering, "When will it happen? How will it happen?" Faith doesn't demand details, it just keeps moving obediently forward, believing God for the right result!

Keep persisting. Our enemy will relent and God won't. Praise God!! See ya Sunday for part 2 of, "Play Your Position":Believe the Headlines!!

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