The Real Battle … everyday

September 18, 2012

“This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.” Ephesians 6:12-18 The Message

Yes .. there is a real battle everyday. It doesn’t always feel like it. Some face it in overwhelming odds and crippling effects. Some don’t seem to notice much at all. But the battle is real. Jesus faced it in the desert and every time he walked into a town and faced a hostile crowd in the midst of suffering. He battled in a garden and battled for you on a Cross. He knows what you face today. The battles are different for each of us. You may face an unrelenting battle in your mind. You may face battles in loneliness. You could battle spoken and unspoken expectations of your life. Your battle could be clothed in habits that imprison you right out in the open. Battles surface at work .. in marriages .. in families .. among friends .. and in and out of churches. There are battles over cultural norms. Churches battle over God’s Word. The greatest battle may be the one that causes you to fear man and forget God. We don’t like battles. The world you live in would have you believe that “battles” don’t exist. But Jesus knew differently and said He would send the Friend .. the Holy Spirit who would guide you into all the truth. And in the midst of the battle He will honor Christ in your life. You can’t fight these battles in your own strength or self-generated resources. Christ wants to be your real strength and resource. The Devil doesn’t live under every rock .. but his battles and warfare are real. And Jesus….? He stands ready to clothe you in more than words. It only takes a moment … to be clothed in Christ …

“But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and indeed, out of all that I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you.” John 16:13-14

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Followers of The Risen-Battle-Scarred-Truth and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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