Why Not Celebrate Christmas All Month Long!
As we begin the New Year, I know you are facing challenges that may seem too big to handle. How do I know? Because honestly, this is true for all of us.
Paul teaches in I Corinthians 10:13 that,
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
Now is the time for us to stand together against what may appear to be a rising tide that threatens to overwhelm our lives. You may be facing a long-term sickness, or perhaps your relationships are under attack. It could be that you are under heavy pressure from financial issues. Maybe you feel life has lost its purpose … It’s in times like these we need to remember that God is in control! We are not fighting against flesh and blood. This battle isn’t in the natural, but in the spiritual world.
Isaiah prophesied that,
“When the enemy comes in like a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).
In American Civil War battles, one of the infantry lines would eventually break. When that happened, the enemy would flood through the breach in the line in order to divide and defeat their opponent. At that moment of fear and terrible brutality, the trumpet would sound for the threatened soldiers to move back and reform their line. But in the confusion and fog of battle, the individual soldiers often didn’t know which way to go.
That is when their battle flags became critical. The standard- bearers would pull back and raise their flags high in the air, and shout, “Over here, boys. Form the line here.”
We can feel like this when our spiritual enemy breaks through one of our lines of defense. We are dazed, confused, and feel condemned. Many times we don’t know what to do next.
But here is the promise: There is nothing we are facing that God cannot defeat. When the enemy floods in, allow the Holy Spirit to raise His standard. When we turn to Him, He helps us to stand against the flood that comes against us in a way that only He can! He shows us what to do and where to go. In His power, we get back on our feet and God turns back the enemy’s tide in our life, family, and nation.
May this be your season of victory!