- "If I could get that job or promotion, that's all I would need."
- "If I could get that bill paid then I would be doing great."
- "If I could just get some relief, I would be ok."
Unfortunately, this kind of thinking sets us up for failure when the next challenge comes along. If we achieve a victory or good fortune overcoming a difficult situation, we want to make sure we do not disarm ourselves for the next encounter.
Celebrate The Wins, Develop Fortitude For The Next Challenge
Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. - Ephesians 6:10 NLT
Certainly, we want to celebrate every win. It is an integral part of laying a foundation of fortitude. Yet, instead of letting down our guard and thinking it's all clear, understand that the next step is to ready yourself for the next battle... before it comes!
Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. - Ephesians 6:11 NLT
Let's change our mind about how we approach our day. We do this for the things that will inevitably come our way.
Put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. - Ephesians 6:13 NLT
We want to do this because we know that no matter what we achieve and no matter what we overcome, the battle of life is not going to stop. Let's not expect it to.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. - 1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT
A Tall OrderOur daily fight is never going to end. Horrible things will never stop coming our way. Take a moment to get your mind wrapped around this idea. Then let's activate the superpower of love. We want to do this because our tendency is to work up fear. It's a tall order but we must take every opportunity to think like Jesus thinks.
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. - 1 John 4:17-18 NLT
The world, Satan and circumstances will continue to keep coming at us for as long as we are on this planet. The enemy is not going stop. When has "evil" ever stopped and said, "Pardon me. That was my bad?"
The bad guys never go away. The trouble is never going to go away. We are never going to arrive at some point where we no longer need to be a warrior in our thinking. We are never going to reach a point where perseverance is no longer needed.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. - Romans 5:3-4 NLT
The Way Of The WarriorIt is imperative to not think of life as being able to arrive at some safe zone and then thinking that things just get easier. If we think this way we become susceptible to being caught off guard by the myriad of troubles that have been strategically placed in our path.
For we are not ignorant of his (Satan's) devices. - 2 Corinthians 2:11 NKJV
A warrior does not think like this. A warrior knows the battle is never over until he gets home. A warrior stands. A warrior perseveres. A warrior builds fortitude.
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. - John 17:16 NKJV
Once a warrior gains ground he secures the area and then pushes on. He is eager to win the day! Let's gain ground and then be hungry to take more.
So let's become an expert in these things. Let's think like Jesus thinks. Be the warrior you were made to be.
More to come...
How are you readying yourself for the battlefield?
Build your fortitude. Become an expert. The first step is you have to get your mind wrapped around the idea that you are a warrior in an ongoing battle... then build fortitude!
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