Winning the next war
By Teresa Leneave
Whether we like it or whether we don't, our nation is in a war; both physically and spiritually. There hasn't been a literal call to arms, so it can't be called a literal war as we think of war, but we know war is going on. This war is a battle for the soul of everyone you know. Satan is on the warpath, but there is good news. You have a place of safety. A hiding place. You and your family can be sheltered in the arms of God.
The Bible clearly says there's a shelter where we can stay and find protection from life's stormy weather. I remember King David saying, "I will abide in your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of your wings" (Ps 61:4). We don't run to a literal tabernacle made with wood and stone, but we find safety when we snuggle up under the wings (the presence) of the Almighty God who created both the heavens and the earth and all that's in them.
God cares for you. You can believe that because Jesus' entire ministry on earth was breaking with religious culture that put rules before people. Jesus put the needs of people before religious regulations. He taught love over law. In fact, in Romans 13:10 He went so far as to say, "love is the fulfillment of the law".
Winning the battles of life are determined greatly by how we see God. In your mind, is He Ruler? Do you really believe, He loves you and fights for you?
"Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies," King David cried. "In you, I take shelter" (Ps 143:9). When we see the storms building, do we take shelter "in Him"? When we're right smack-dap in the middle of the storm, do we snuggle closer or pull away?
I'm reminded of a time when the religious leaders was angry with Jesus because he ate with tax collectors, which is what they thought of as "notorious sinners". In my words, His response was, "The problem with you guys is that you don't understand the true nature of mercy."
HOSEA 6:6 I don't want your sacrifice...I want you to show love and mercy. I don't want your offerings...I want you to know me.
Jesus taught relationship over rules. He wasn't teaching that rules should be broken, or that they were not important, but what is obvious about His life, is that He valued people. All lives mattered. He healed all that were sick and oppressed.
Jesus thought different. We've got to learn to think differently. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, "My (God's) thoughts are higher than your thoughts." John 15:12 says, "this is MY commandment, that you would love one another as I have loved you."
Bottom line: Character grows in the dark when no one is watching. It's when we snuggle up to God that we gain power to overcome storms and we'll win the next war.