Pondering steadfastness today, and planting my feet deep. As I morning and glance at the newsfeed to gather prayers, I see: Women in Combat may be Panetta’s Crowning Achievement. The first thing that my heart responded with was: Haven’t women always been in combat?
This unseen world we live within has been aiming weapons, erecting minefields and claiming territory since Eden. Women (and men) have been in combat forever. We’ve engaged in battles for our hearts, our future and our children. We’ve been in minor skirmishes and full-out mêlées for our minds, our marriages, for our friendships, for the sanctity of our homes, for the church. While physical clashes of human armies begin, end, or remain at a low boil, critical battles for our hearts and minds are also ongoing.
Great battles are won by steadfastness. By commitment of troops. By resolve.
Before victory, there is deliberate gathering of intelligence so the enemy is known.
Apathy or inattention costs lives, and in this case, souls. Battle plans succeed by the commitment of troops and execution of the plan. They fail by indecisiveness, disregard for leadership, division of purpose.
Today I resolve to be steadfast.
My leader is steadfast, immovable, and is the One to make me so.Steadfast: fixed in direction; steadily directed, firm in
purpose, resolution, faith ; unwavering, as resolution, faith; firmly established dictionary.com
Have mercy upon me , O God, according to thy steadfast love… Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51 NIV
He will rout out the barriers in my heart and create a victorious spirit within me.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:7ff
What God reminds me of today is that isolation in battle is not part of His plan. He and His armies are alongside me. Because I invite Him, He will engage in His holy work on my submissive heart and I will be steadfast, immovable, and planted firm. Some battles take a lifetime, but restoration will come.
So, I’m sticking to the battle plan today, trusting the intelligence and dwelling with the Holy Company.
And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen!
Who’s with us?