Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How To Really Fight Tragedy

Hearing the news, the ache of this world, I put up my fists, ready to fight.

The crazy ramblings of the world, clutched in sin's grasp. Violence. Tragedy strikes. We have all felt the sting of the insaneness, bow our heads, leak the tears, shake our fists. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. How do I fight such?  

Answer in simplicity.  Jesus.

Jesus knows our heartache. Utter tragedy.  Mindless violence.  Impacted His walk on earth.

We ache today with clenched fists. I lay down the gloves to pick up Him. His friend, his cousin, the prophet who knew Him best. Clad in simple clothes with honey and locust breath, John the Baptist knew Jesus. Their relationship ran deep. 

John sits in prison, innocent. Then a party with a girl that dances for the men. The leader brags and flaunts his power telling her 'anything, I'll give it to you.' She asks for the head of Jesus' friend, John. It's delivered to her on a tray, mocking the stupidity of the reason he died.

Jesus knows. I follow Him through the pages. How did he fight? Hearing the news, he went away to be alone. I have been there, we all have. Wanting to be by ourselves to sort it out, to cry, to mourn. He was the same, fully human like me.

The only difference, a group clamored, followed him to his quiet place. How did he react. He took up his gloves and fought. He didn't rebuke them. He didn't scream from the depths of his need to tell them to simply go away. He met them. He healed them. He led them because he knew they were sheep without a shepherd. He fought the real enemy.

The drunken party guests and the flamboyant dancer, they didn't kill John. The enemy came to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus knew the real enemy.

 He took aim, and fought.

 He healed, destroying the enemy's works. He loved, a weapon to destroy all tactics of the thief. He taught the kingdom of God and lives transformed.

To really fight, to wage war

"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."

we realize the true enemy and take aim.


Denise said...

I like this,Christian poems?I should try to see if I can do it.Maybe it could be a new activity for Me in 2013.You seem to have a gift for it.Have you been writing poems in general for a long while? Enjoyed ! Denise :)

Maryann said...

This post makes me think of words to an old praise song my mom used to blast around the house:

Mighty Warrior,
Dressed for battle
Holy Lord of all is He
Commander in chief,
Bring us to attention
Lead us into battle
To crush the enemy

Satan has no authority in this place
he has no authority here
For this habitation
Was fashioned for the Lord’s presence
No authority here

Jesus has all authority in this place
He has all authority here
For this habitation
Was fashioned for the Lord’s presence
No authority here

Jennifer @ said...

Aching with you... Leaning hard into Jesus. May He bless you in the coming year.

Keystone said...

I delight in your consistent use of the Armor of God in your posts
(final sentence above)

You are one of few Christian Bloggers to employ, and at times explain, the power God has given us for daily life against the enemy.

Few priests or pastors teach this part of the Bible. Ironically, it comes next to a notice from God on the family.

"Children, obey your parents", I admonished my young daughter once.

"Fathers, do not exasperate your children", she replied with an impish grin on her face that made both of us howl on the carpet together.
The Bible does that.... in joy and protection....ALL in Ephesians 6.

It is critical to say Ephesians 6:10-20 out loud. Satan can not read your mind but listens closely to your speech and writings to monitor your fears, anxieties, loneliness, and ares of easy attack. But he would know none of these unless you speak them to him or others.

By stating the Armor out loud, Satan hears you are a formidable contender and moves on to easy tagets of believers.
He does not waste time on unbelievers as they are already dead and belong to him.

Psalm 91 is another area to memorize and state aloud for pure protection.
Satan tested Christ in the desert three times and Satan himself employed a line from Psalm 91 in deception attempt of Christ the TRUTH.
"He will command his angels over you so jump off the temple".

Christ used SCRIPTURE aloud in each response of spiritual warfare against Satan that day and Satan left. Angels arrived to protect Christ thereafter that battle.

YOUR angel will watch over you too, as you employ the Armor and Scripture aloud as Christ did.

Keep posting on the Armor and spiritual warfare, Sarah. No one else is doing it and it is vital to believers in working out their salvation.

I pray the Lord surpasses your wildest expectations in this New Year for you and your family.

God bless you abundantly.
Keep Splashing the Truth,


Denise said...

May God sweetly bless your family in 2013.

Bobbie said...

You have such talent in your writings and making these words come alive!