just had these scriptures on my mind this weak for different reasons, and would like to share.
‘blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ matt 5:10
i know that there are as many degrees and strengths of faith as there are people, but how cool is it to have such a strong faith that you are blessed to have to defend it. i like to think of this verse as saying that heaven is for those who have the bravery to stare evil in the eye and show nothing but God’s love.
‘Consider it pure joy my brother, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, ot lacking anything.’ -james 1:2-4
once again, how cool is it to to be so trusted by God that you are given the chance to show His love despite whatever is going on in your life.
‘put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.’
This reminds me of the ocean, and trying to make it out past the waves. some of the smallest waves can knock you back if you’re not aware of their power. but you can make it past even the biggest waves by knowing how, by being equipped. it’s one of the things that you must learn early or forever be intimidated by the ocean. this scripture does not call us to run and hide. it calls us to equip ourselves with all of the proper tools to combat evil. we are not to assume that we can not be knocked down, but we can trust that with proper trust and knowledge we can combat the waves that would knock us down. i say bring it. bring on whatever. the more we have to face the more we have to lean on God.
so i guess this is an encouragement to those i have been blessed to be around this week. stay strong, fight the fight. equip yourselves. there is a battle raging, and you have committed yourselves to fight for what is true. bless you. bless you and may God guide and protect you.
to all the soldiers in the fight,
one love and one heart.