Knowing your place is the most important part of Spiritual Battle. I wanted to share this because God just taught it to me.
I was just wondering why certain parts of life are so hard. Why things have to be so difficult. God made me realize if we didn’t have the battle, if we don’t have the struggles, what value can we have in our relationships, in our best efforts, in our faith to serve Him?
For me, I’ve only just begun to learn the value of hardships. I’m watching someone I love dearly be persecuted, treated unfairly and lied about. I see them struggling and all I can do is pray. That makes me so angry. Until I pray, that is. Then the Holy Spirit calms me.
This loved one should not be suffering so much and because they are, I feel the weight of it. Now that weight can ruin the close bond I have with this person or teach me the value of that bond. Until a few minutes ago I was allowing it to break me down which in turn would hurt the bond.
Now, I realize the value of this person in my life and I can deal with the struggle they’re facing. I can deal by allowing God’s peace to wash over me so I don’t worry, while I pray for this loved one fighting such a dirty battle from the enemy.
This person said to me, the more spiritual I become, the worse things get. I reminded them that this is the very truth of spiritual battle. The closer we get to God or more spiritual we become as God changes us into the image of His son, Jesus, the more the enemy fights us. He turns our world upside down.
If God hadn’t taught me this I don’t think I’d have made it through this current situation. I want to scream, physically beat and destroy the people hurting one of MINE. But that’s not what God has called me to do. God has called me to pray and not carry the burden of another’s personal battle.
For how will they grow if I am allowed to rescue them or step in and fight for them? How can they love and respect me if I am weakening them by not allowing them to fight their own battles? I can stand beside them and pray, encourage and be an example. I cannot lift my sword to fight unless God asks or allows me to.
If I had continued down my current path of thinking about how unfair this all is for my loved one, I would have begun taking it out on them. I would have slowly degraded a bond God has built up over years and in His time.