Saturday, September 24, 2011

Growing in the Fight~

The line has been draw.

The battle has begun.

And, with each passing day, the fierceness of the fight is GROWING.

The closer I get to God,

the more determined I am to serve Him....WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

And, as a result, the more I say "no" to the things of the world, and "yes" to my Saviour,

the more intense I feel the pull of both.

Today....I felt like a rag doll. One hand in the hand of Jesus, the other in the mouth of a ferocious beast, aptly named Satan.

Stretching, pulling,......HURTING!

Yes...the intensity of this battle is growing. The ferocity of this fight is growing.

The heat in the kitchen of my soul, where a new me is being prepared, is getting hot and I  want to get out, to say enough is enough, to run away...

but I can't.

How can you turn your back on the ONE who's got your back?

How can you run away from the ONE you have been running to your entire life?

How can you leave the only ONE worth being left in the care of?

Yes...the fight in this battle is growing.

But, so is my faith.

So is my relationship with Jesus.

So is my love for the Lover of my soul.

So is my determination, my perseverance, my level of commitment and my loyalty to my KING!

With each new trick,

each new disappointment,

each new temptation,

I am growing as a soldier in the army of the Lord.

My shield of faith is feeling more and more secure in my hand,

and the sword of the spirit;

this is no longer something I have to try to manipulate and wield in battle,

it is now an extension of who I am, a part of me.

Yes, the line has been drawn and the battle has begun.

But,

indwelled by His spirit,

protected by His armour,

surrounded by His presence,

I am growing.
And, I'm not giving up, not turning back, not running away.

One day, like Paul, may I be able to say:
I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is a crown waiting for me. 2 Timothy 4:7, 8a
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Yes.... I'm growing....

growing into a victorious daughter of Christ.



Today I am linking up with The Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Fridays....even though today is Saturday.  Yesterday, I was in the midst of battle and  unable to post. To read more devotional thoughts on GROWING or to join in on the fun, visit her at:



7 comments:

  1. Love it! I love the direction you went with the topic too.

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  2. I feel this tug more as I get older, and I think it's because I'm simply more aware of it. I am aware of my own brokenness and tendencies to sin in certain areas, and so it seems like I'm in a constant tug of war. I can so relate! Great post, and thanks for stopping by my place too!

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  3. Oh - Not Giving Up! Learning to fight the good fight. Why is it that B.C. (Before Children) I didn't see that line drawn as clearly as I do now. Wonderful encouragement:)

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  4. i understand this...it's not always easy to walk away from things one has always known. even ways of thinking and lies we've believed for years!

    God will bless your journey to seek His face and to be more like Him!!!!

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  5. I love this! The fight continues..."My shield of faith is feeling more and more secure in my hand, " ...I can relate to this very much!!

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  6. Hi Stacy - wow, ready for battle. Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  7. WOW!! You sure can write FAST!!!

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