Hello, September! It’s finally time for college football, the NFL (Go Steelers!), pumpkin spice everything, homecoming, cooler temperatures, and the beautiful fall colors on the trees. Unfortunately, what also comes with the fall season, is our crazy, busy schedules.
With all the busyness of our lives, we tend to be in auto-pilot. Life just tools along, and you think to yourself, “Life is busy, but good!” and then, BAM, something happens in our lives that drops us to our knees and makes us question our faith. While we were caught up in our own little world, running here, there, and everywhere, the Enemy was in the background ready to strike. He planned his attack at just the right time. His ultimate goal is to convince us to lose our faith in the Lord and to declare victory over us.
The Battle on the Field
I like to think of this in terms of a football game. Missy vs. the Enemy. It’s been a battle since I first stepped on the field. Tackle after tackle, I get back up, and finally, make it the end zone. When I think that I am victorious, the unthinkable happens. In the final 3 seconds of the game, the enemy scores a touchdown and goes for a 2-point conversion. I am tired and beat down, thinking that I don’t have the strength or energy to fight him. I want to quit and let him win. Feeling defeated, I look at the scoreboard.
The score: The Enemy: 6, Missy: 7
Not so fast, Satan! You may have thought you scored the winning touchdown, but there was a call on the field! With the Good Book in hand, the officials ruled that there was an illegal play on the field, and the touchdown is not only called back, but I am now in possession of the ball. The Bible states that the Lord will never, ever leave me, even when I am questioning my faith. It turns out that while I may feel like I am defeated, I am not. The Lord is there, protecting me every step of the way.
Final Score: The Enemy – 0, Missy – 7. In the Lord, I have victory!
Here are five verses that I read whenever I feel like I am down in my faith. On those days where I don’t feel like I can do anything but give up and cry, these verses comfort and strengthen me.
1. Romans 8:38-39
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(my emphasis)
“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'”
3. Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
4. Luke 11:9
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (my emphasis)
5. 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”