God in Every Season
God in Every Season
ONE THE WAR ZONE "Be alert and of sober mind.
Your enemy the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8 NIV "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness
in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6: 12-13 NKJV "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed.
We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.
We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God.
We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 NLT A VERY REAL WAR-A VERY REAL LOVE The terrorist of all terrorists drops bombs when you least expect it. Your heart shreds and the ringing in your ears makes it almost impossible to find The Still Small Voice. The collateral damage in a very real war is seen all around and with it the lies permeate the scene of destruction-as piercing as a thousand sirens mixed in with the choir of cries for help. This is the way this season began, but it will not end here. It never does because You never change. The only One who can reverse torn lives is right in the midst. None of it surprises You or scares You away. And although I am pierced to my core, it, this, makes me more sure of You, more than I ever have been. All the pain and lies from many years ago fall fresh again, but like all pain, it brings with it a gift. So desperately, I open pain's plainly wrapped package, revealing a wonderful surprise ... Surrender. The joy of surrender. Oh my soul, find strength in surrendering to this terrifying reality of how very little control I have. In a world full of the freedoms and choices and rights of billions of souls each imposing their will upon the rest, I will find my steadfast in the One whose choices matter the most. The One whose choices are launched by love alone and always hit their mark in every heart that dares to hope for more, that dares to hope for Him . I surrender to Love. To Love that constantly recalculates towards mercy, kindness, and goodness-no matter the obstacles, slow-downs, or twists and turns. Like water that cannot be contained, Your love reaches through the cracks and crevices of every wall of doubt and evil fortress of lies, rushing to the lowest places whether beckoned or not. More relentless than any fear or torment that pursues my soul, is this One, this Love. Love in action-love set into motion as sure as sunrise and sunset, minutes and hours, days and months, years and generations, every single season of my soul. Season after season You awaken me. Season after season, deeper and deeper. Cycles of Your purposes and plans unfolding-all so that I might know You. So that I can know the real You and Your true intentions towards me . Season after season, that I might know just how loved I am. Season after season, so that I might know Love. If somehow you haven't realized by now, let me tell you some helpful information. You were born into a war zone. All this craziness just above your head and deep inside your soul is nothing less than a very real battle that's raging between an enemy (who wants you dead in all the wrong ways) and your soul-a soul which can only participate in a very real, already-accomplished victory when it is dead in all the right ways. We experience life lived from victory when our soul is dead to performance and striving. Dead to our rights and our ways. Dead to fear and torment. Dead to lies that would tempt us to think God is less than He really is and His heart towards us is anything less than perfectly good. In