The Faith Journey Is A Battle
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It’s a fight. A battle. The faith journey is not an easy one. It’s a fight to trust God when we can’t see Him. It’s a fight to believe that God is in control despite all the chaos happening around us. It’s a fight to believe that His love for us never fails even when we are going through the worst of situations. It’s a battle to believe that no matter what happens, God intends it for good. It’s a battle to believe that God can make a miracle out of whatever we are in.
When Joseph was in the pit of despair that he was thrown in, many thoughts must have gone through his mind. Furthermore, he was sold into slavery and it would seem like there wasn’t even a glimmer of hope. Still, he stood strong in his faith and waited patiently even when his life story got dark. Joseph continued to face many ups and downs and had to wait 2 years in prison before he really experienced a breakthrough.
Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)
“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
Our faith journey is a lifelong battle. It requires endurance and training. Our faith grows through time. When one battle is over, another one begins. Just when you’ve cut one enemy down with the sword of the Spirit, you have to pick up the shield of faith to quench another barrage of fiery darts of doubts and accusations. Faith is a lifetime journey. However, we need not worry about how we are going to overcome the trials ahead by ourselves. God will take us through the darkness. He does this so that we might learn to trust Him with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). God wants us to know that He is our Shepherd. He leads us beside still waters, and He leads us through the valley of death. He wants us to learn to trust Him in both places. Sometimes God lets our circumstances get so extreme that we learn to place all our hope in God Himself.
Anyone can trust and praise God in their success and prosperity, but how many can give thanks while they are bankrupt? Or when one of their children meets with an accident? Or when they just failed a major examination in school? Our situations change, but God doesn’t. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God knows what we are going through. He tells us in John 16:33 (NKJV) “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Thank God that in this war that we fight, He has given us the weapons that we need to overcome our enemy. The Word of God is the greatest weapon that we have to not only guide us through our adversities, but also help us defeat the lies of the enemy.
Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)
“38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Let us also rejoice at the fact that we are not alone in this war. We are not fighting by ourselves. We have Jesus, our Shepherd who protects and watches over us. We have the Holy Spirit who lives in us, guides us, speaks to us, and helps us. We have moment by moment access to the throne of grace where we can receive mercy and help in time of need, which is all the time. And Jesus has provided brothers and sisters to pray for us and stand with us. We’re not alone in this war!
Our faith journey is a ‘good fight’. It’s a race with a crown at the end. It’s a war that ends in eternal, infinite glory and joy. It’s a war that is worth it. Don’t give up. Don’t turn back now. Seek God for fresh grace and strength. Someday you will be so glad you kept going. It won’t always be this hard. There is good around the corner. Jesus is greater than all you are going through. He has loved you with an everlasting love and His everlasting arms are underneath you. Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
At the end, Joseph’s faith and faithfulness pulled through and look what God had made of him – the Prime Minister of Egypt. Sometimes faith in God and faithfulness to Him and His Word sets us on a course where circumstances get worse, not better. During such times, we must know and hold on to God’s promises and His ways. Faith in God’s grace for us is what sustains us in those desperate moments. A mark of spiritual maturity is the calm confidence that God knows what He is doing even when we don’t know why He does what He does. Therefore, keep fighting on and don’t give up, know that God is working in your life something truly amazing!
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for strengthening me in my faith by putting me through all my trials. I may face trouble and the ground below me may crumble, but I know that the foundation I stand on will never fall, because God, You will never fail me. Thank You for being in this fight with me and being there to comfort me. You are my refuge and strength, I know that I can find safety under Your wings. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”