Our perception can often be skewed through the lens of depression and anxiety (or other mental health issues), adversity, trauma, loss, strongholds, trials and setbacks. At times it seems we encounter the same weapons over and over and over again. Just when we think a battle has been won, we end up on the same battlefield feeling perplexed as hope starts to dim. We begin to wonder if there will ever be resolution, vindication, justice, restoration, healing, or reconciliation. I suppose unless one has actually walked the valley of intense adversity, no matter the source, one would probably not understand how easy it actually is to lose hope, to feel as if you are being drained of your faith. Unfortunately, so many of us have been on that particular battlefield in some form or another.
Some are on that battlefield right now.
We may even begin to believe the strongholds and lies about who we are, what is going on with our circumstances, and God’s place in all of it. From the things people say about us and to us, the circumstances that throw us off balance, the distractions that mislead us, to the more tragic situations… it can certainly look as if the weapons formed against us are doing an awful lot of prospering in our lives.
Is He really with us?
Is He really there?
Are His promises actually true?
The heartache and grief we may endure on this journey can drown us when we lose of sight of WHO our anchor is.
In the here and now, there is a battle over our perception of truth and it is a very real (and often very painful) wrestling match.
Our identity in Christ was established long before we were ever born and there is a war going on to hinder our ability to perceive it or even to walk in it. And that will hinder us from experiencing the fullness of Him which will ultimately hinder our ability to fully trust in Him. When we experience betrayal or painful blows from the people around us it can call into question our ability to trust in and rely on God.
From our perception, when you consider the burdens people are carrying today, the weapons certainly seem to be prospering. There are very large and heavy battles coming against so many and the weapons appear to become more powerful and prosperous as the days go by.
The reality is those weapons have already been dismantled.
The truth is the battle has been won and His promises are true.
Victory has been declared in spite of what is happening around us or what the landscape looks like.
The weapons that have been formed against us will become the weapons God uses to establish us in His glory. The ground the enemy is trying to level us out on will become the very ground the Lord establishes us upon.
His glory will soon be revealed and we will see His vindication, His justice, His truth prevail. We are being established in Him even now, no matter how impossible things may seem. The trials are going to come and there will be very large and painful mountains for so many of us to climb.
Some are experiencing a season of one relentless blow after another while also feeling completely abandoned on the battlefield.
If you feel like you just want to quit right now, throw in the towel or walk away from your faith, hang on!
You have not been abandoned and you are not alone!
Hold onto the very Source of our Blessed Hope with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your might.
Reach for the Hem of His garment and do not give up.
Help IS on the way.
Isaiah 54: 17
“…no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.