Not a parent or have parented but I was a kid once so I can speak from experience. Have you ever been bullied or had troubles and screamed “Mom!”, “Dad!” and often our cries call on deaf ears. Whether at school or a fighting siblings (literally), you find that help is always an arm length away. There’s always going to be some type of authority, some type of administrator above you whether a teacher, principle, parent or guardian. You are never truly alone as it might seem. And that’s how it is with God. I think sometimes we freak out and enter panic mode when we enter a fight that we think we’re not able to handle. But God is only an arm length away. We are to truly rely, trust, and have faith in God, but sometimes when we cry for help I think God is also looking at how we are to handle our situation first and if we can really fend for ourselves through the power he has already given us. Spiritual Warfare is tough.
Believe me there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t encounter it, or for that matter, all believers do. It’s about the testing of faith. Do we want to remain a weak, pathetic Christian always screaming out to God for answers that we can fix ourselves sometimes or use the power he’s already given us and step out in faith to use it? Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying we shouldn’t rely on God. But God has already given us power to fight. He’s testing us to see if we can believe in that power and more importantly in him. The battle has already been won against sin. He already defeated and conquered it. The question is-Are you going to choose to believe it’s been conquered? 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8: 37, NLT
Is this an issue that I can look to myself to fix that God has already given me the power to fix it? God is a prayer away in that if there is something that we are given that’s too big to handle he won’t help us. He won’t leave us hanging. Sometimes I think God is looking at our struggles, our battle and he already sees the victory. He is looking to us to see if we see it too sometimes and if we rely on him for the outcome already, instead of ourselves. So take peace at heart the battle is already won and that you already have the tools at hand to defeat it. The bully has already been defeated. But God is looking to you to make you grow spiritually stronger to fight back against the enemies in the spiritual realm, take ground against them and making you grow in faith stronger with him. The battle might seem hopeless, lost, and even the enemy as insurmountable. But God is not doing any favors for you by swooping in beating them upside the head that very second for you in your instant moment of relief. A good parent, in my opinion would let their kid get beat up even if it meant learning to defend for themselves. Some parents would kick the kids butt for not defending themselves! Are we not to do the same thing with our spiritual battle and the temptations and trials life has to offer? Even if you get a black eye you know it won’t get too out of hand with Mom and Dad in the room next door or arm length away. They are listening in the other room to see how you will defend yourself so that you can be strong and courageous and defeat the enemy. Duke it out, use the tools he’s already given you so you can grow stronger in faith. When you’re in over your head, God is only an arm length away. Two pieces of scripture I leave with you to help the fight that’s already been won. They are from the book of Ephesians which is Paul’s blueprint of how to win the battle in our lives.
- 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 1: 18-20, NLT
- “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his might power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Ephesians 6: 10-11, NLT