Friday, August 24, 2012

"What is going on?" We Struggle, yet not without Strength

Detail from Albrecht Dürer
Simon Peter_Detail from Albrecht Dürer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"...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" (Ephesians 6:12-King James Bible-Cambridge Ed.).  

Spiritual health and strength need continual lookout and especially so when pressures mount. Sometimes we are caught unawares and may even feel blind-sided: "What is going on???" The quandary arises as if out of the blue.     
     "What is going on???" is often caused by the hot breath of God's opponent that paces around us. Evil's hungers are not satisfied. St. Peter advised: "Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

Is there a difference between a struggle between God and evil and between good and evil? Not really. Good is of God, its Source. God does not struggle against evil. It is we who battle against evil. It is God who enables us, by His strength, to overcome.
     Evil has never won primacy over good and never will. In us, it may appear to have done so, yet the end that is known has not yet been revealed in existence.
     Being in the care of the Sovereign God, His children still must struggle. And is there a helping Hand? Isaiah was God's messenger, reporting Yes:   

"Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed (confused), for I am your God. 
I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with My 
righteous right arm."
__Isaiah 41:10

A Christian teacher told me years ago that references to God's right arm are references to the Son, Jesus Christ. We struggle, yes... and we cannot prevail in human strength. God, the Sovereign Strength, is with us and makes us able to overcome. Time and time again.   

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