The battle is long sometimes. Tedious, exhausting, even aggravating to walk through day-to-day. We do not have the ability to separate the troubles from the inconveniences when we are exhausted. It feels more like we are being given greater and greater responsibilities and our arms grow heavier and heavier with each item. In short, we are overwhelmed. We are tired, we are ready to quit. But it is the time when we need to keep going.
Hold up our hands to the Heavens, cry out to God for direction, protection, redemption, restoration, and healing. We need it and we cannot make it forward without His guiding hands. I have watched friends on the battlefield, weary, dirty, yet still they stand. They know that just like in Ephesians 6:10-17, especially verse 13, therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (bold mine). The soldier knows that when he stands, he lives. It’s only when we quit and sit down that we are we defeated.
What battles are you facing today? Is it a new season of struggles and striving? Have you prayed for God to be forefront in the battle? Are you deep in the trenches, after months of trying to get a footing? Have you called out to God to be your ladder? Do you have others who can come alongside you, as Aaron did to Moses, to hold up your arms? Best Beloved, my prayer for you is that you remember that you are in not surrounded by the enemy –you are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12: 1) and we are protected by the Holy Spirit who intercedes for us with words that we cannot express (Ephesians 8:26).
We may be beaten down, but we are able to get up again, we are bruised, but we aren’t crushed (2 Corinthians 4:7-12). Do not allow the enemy to whisper lies in your ears, listen for the voice of the One True King who calls you His child and heir to the Throne. We are victorious because Christ was victorious over the grave. Weary soldier, remember that we are not defeated. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37).