Your Enemies are Now Mine…and Mine Yours

December 9, 2016 | Tags: , ,

Dear Friends, the Lord brought this post to my mind from June 10 and I wanted to re-send it. We always need to be reminded that the Lord is by our side in the battles we fight. The enemy is cunning, ruthless, and always coming against us at different angles. But we are never, ever alone. Take up the full armor of God and remember the Lord is always with you! Praying for a close walk with the Lord for all of us. Much love, Courtney

 

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

-2 Corinthians 10:4

I’d seen this verse many time before, but just when I needed it, at the precise moment I needed it, Jesus met me right there. And this is what He said, “Courtney, the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.” The emphasis was on the we. For the first time, I realized something so profound, yet so simple, I nearly fell out of my chair as I was sitting at my kitchen table. We means you and me. It means me and you. It means us together. It means that I am not fighting alone, but Jesus is fighting with me. Beside me. For me. I knew that, of course, but for the first time, I really believed it! See, I had been through a terrible season of spiritual battles, so many in fact that I thought I’d be out of the ministry business for good. What could I possibly teach anyone from God’s Word after drowning in the deception I had just encountered? I saw the enemy’s schemes and lies at a whole new level. And I thought I was all alone in a battle that was so fierce.

But God, in one word, restored me to the truth. His enemies are mine…and mine are His. He said we. He had not left me but was fighting with me the whole time. The entire time. He knew every scheme, every deception, every lie, every twist. He saw them all and never, ever left me alone. We were fighting together, side by side, as One. It brings me to tears when I look back on all of it. Even in the darkest moments, when I thought for sure I’d be swallowed up by Satan, never to return again, Jesus was there. “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will be night”– even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You” (Psalm 139:11-12).

The battles certainly didn’t end with that season, but they continue on. Every day we get another chance to shine the light of Christ and to walk in His good works He sets before us. And every day the enemy comes back again, trying to derail us and get us off course. But the difference is we. The battles we fight. Jesus and me. Me and Jesus. He is with me always.

I’m fairly certain you know exactly what I’m talking about. Our battles may be different, but the enemy’s schemes are the same. But one thing we have in common–Jesus is with us. If you are in Christ, Christ lives in you, and you are never alone in your struggles. Keep fighting the good fight of faith, knowing the One who loves you is right by your side.

By Courtney Silberman

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