GOING THROUGH A BATTLE
by Jan Kindler
(2 minute read)
I have heard so many preachers and teachers talking about being clothed in our armor. Ready for battle? Well, you and I, will and are, probably are going to have a battle of some sort or another.
Confession time for me. I have been going through a battle. I pray for more strength and wisdom, to know what to do next. Every time I start to pray for more strength and wisdom, it seems like I lose what I already have. The Holy Spirit just kind of puts me in my place, and reminds me that it is His Strength and His Wisdom that I am working with, or should be. He tells me not to worry about what step to take next, He says, just take one step at a time. He says that he will light my path, and even if I take a wrong turn or step off track, He will help me get going again. Knowing what to do and not doing it, is a sin. I have been so unsure of my next step, I get so focused on the steps that I am taking that I forget to look to the light. The path God wants me to take will be obvious. ‘For those who wait and have faith’, God will light the path, direct our steps, and tell us, when and where to step next.
I feel like I have been wandering around in the wilderness in certain areas of my life. I want to be in the Will of God., doing exactly what He wants me to do, but then I start to argue, “but God, are you sure?—but are you sure this is the right time?” Procrastination has been my middle name. My constant comments are: You mean now? Are you sure? What if? What if ?, have you ever noticed that the enemy never runs out of “What ifs”?” You would think someone with gray hair would have all the answers. Maybe there is another reason I have been struggling — trying to meet a standard. I asked God the other day to speak to me about all the situations and He did. And I argued. And I lost the argument.
I have a course to run and to finish. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can finish the race, I can run and not get weary (don’t grow weary in well doing), walk (follow the path that Jesus has paved), and not faint (don’t quit or give up). He will give me the strength and everything I need to accomplish the task that He has given me to do. One step at a time and He won’t let me take the next step until I have finished the last one…..