Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Battle ...
The book of Proverbs is probably my favorite in the OT because of it's variety of practical advise, and because it is so rich with nuggets of wisdom.  One of the passages that stands out to me most, and that I often reflect on is in the 23rd chapter and verse 7 where it says that... "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he"..... Interesting that it doesn't say "as he thinks in his mind".  Although every thought begins in the mind, it is the thoughts that we allow to sink into our hearts that determine the type of person that we become.  The good news is that we get to choose those thoughts.  Parents will often tell their children, "you can be anything you set your mind to"!  And that is so true, but that isn't just for children.  If you don't like where you are in life, change your mind...you will be amazed at what can happen when the right thoughts (infused with the truth of the Word) work their way into your heart!  The devil knows this is true and tries to use it against us.  That is why God has given us all of the equipment we need to face...

The Battle
There is a battle raging
A war for all of time
So fierce the attack of the enemy
It’s the battle for the mind
Deception and delusion
Are the weapons of his choice
And a dulling of our hearing
So that we don’t hear the voice
Of the One who is Commander
The Captain of the Host
The only One who knows what’s best
The One who loves us most
The opposition questions
Has God really said
Or is that really the interpretation
When in the Book we’ve read
He lays the traps to snare us
To destroy us if he can
And he makes no real distinction
Whether woman child or man
But the thing that still amazes
Is our foolishness and pride
For we often go into battle
With our armour laid aside
And wonder why we falter
When temptation comes along
Though we’ve been given everything we need
To stand firm resolved and strong
So take note my friend and understand
This battle won’t be done
Until one day we stand in Heaven
And the final victory is won

Eph. 6:11-17   Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Here in these 6 verses the Apostle Paul gives us a way to connect the principle of Proverbs 23:7 to the practical of everyday living.  This is an amazing passage to me, not just because of the truth it conveys, but the fact that we as believers so often do not take full advantage of it.  Our Captain has provided for us every protection and weapon that we need to be victorious overcomers in the spiritual warfare that we face every day.  Yet, all too often I find myself going into my day without one or all of these firmly applied.  What about you?