“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (4) No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
II Timothy 21:3-4
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Hello everyone! Welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration! I am so glad that you were able to find us here at the Risen Hope Ministries and I pray that as we spend some special time alone with God; that you will leave with a piece of hope to hold to…a hope that will carry you through, whatever you may be facing at this time.
Have you ever thought; that these difficult moments we face; is as though we are fighting in a heated battle? As the enemy moves in and attempts to take control, we have a choice. We can either become a sitting target on the battlefield or we can get up and fight, with the power of the One that lives within us.
One thing God has truly taught me, over the long and trying years of affliction; is to never give into the battle; but to always pursue and keep pressing on. Have we forgotten how powerful this God is; that lives within us? How is it that we tend to make our weak circumstance more powerful than a God of great power?
In our Bible reading for today…I remember reading one of these verses many times, while struggling with my own battles in life…and the verse that helped me so much is verse 4, of II Timothy 21. The section of this verse that has really touched my heart; is where it says… “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life…”
I think we need to stop and ask ourselves one question today. Are we too involved with what is happening in our lives; that we have succumbed to the problem? In other words, have we got too involved or entangled within the affairs of what Satan is presenting us with; that unknowingly, we have entered the enemy’s territory, rather than fighting him.
Today, we need to get back to reality and realize whose side we’re truly on. There is no in between…we have either followed after the problem and found ourselves on the wrong side of the battle or we have chosen to join God and fight side by side with Him.
One thing I can say for sure…is that we can’t get an attitude with God; but we can with Satan. Why are we choosing to wallow beneath a weak problem, rather than standing strong and fighting him, for what we truly desire in life. You know…it’s so easy to say that we don’t want a problem in our lives anymore; but do we truly mean it? In other words…do our actions threaten Satan, as if to say…back off or have we laid out the welcome mat to our lives…offering to let him come and go as he pleases…just by the way we respond to our problems?
I don’t know about you; but I would rather be fighting the enemy, rather than allowing him to have control over my life. Today, we need to stand tall…shake the circumstance from us and get an attitude against evil…and then, with the Lord’s help…fight evil, until his works of darkness have been destroyed.
Today, I pray that we all will find the strength to stand up against evil, even while experiencing difficult moments of weakness!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Risen Hope Ministries Blog | Sunday Inspiration
About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."