When you can’t see past the battle 

 

“From underneath the rubble, sing a rebel song.”

My heart leapt when I read this lyric. I can’t presume to know exactly what the writer’s intended meaning was, but for me, it conjured up an image of fighting the good fight of faith.

Hardships are a part of life. No one is immune. But you don’t have to let them dictate. There are many places in scripture I could take you but David’s way of processing situations stands out to me. We read about him wading through his tormenting feelings in Psalms 44:

“Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? “Why are you cast down oh my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?”

All he could see was what was in front of him. At the time, he was being slandered and his enemy was out for blood. He felt God had left him and goes on complaining and moaning for awhile. But then, he remembers what God had done for him in past times of trouble and does something revolutionary. He rebels against his hopeless feelings about his current situation and replaces his trust in God again. He literally commands his soul to praise the Lord. “Hope in God for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” We later read of how God gives him victory.

How often and easily we tend to forget what God is capable of. How often we forget that we’re his children. Someone out there is feeling the hurt deep. The loss, chaos in a relationship, sickness or brokenness is all you can see right now. You’ve caved under the weight of those collected little, fox thoughts and emotions. They offered nothing but pats on your back of self pity and let you sink under a rubble of hopelessness. Well meaning people may have even played an enabling role,”God has a reason.” “You can’t help how you feel.” Hugs and support are great and needed, but you also need a push to do something kind of radical.

Some things happen because of our own bad decisions and some of no fault of yours. The enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy.
Regardless of the reason, what was meant for bad, God will work good for those that love him. To love him means to believe Him. I have seen a lot of beauty come from broken places. Speaking from my own experiences and countless others I’ve spoken to. I owe all my joy and peace and victories to God.

The world says it’s treason to rebel against your feelings but your carnal mind of emotions and feelings are fickle and don’t always tell the truth.Your emotions were never meant to be a tyrant over you in this way.

Want to get out from under that pile of rubble? Become a revolutionist. (Revolutionary-involving or causing a complete or dramatic change.)
Matthew 11:2 “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.”

Command your soul to sing a rebel song of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. Praise magnifies Him over your problem. Put your trust in Jesus and he will strengthen your faith for the fight and give you hope to see past the battle. Most of the fight happens between your ears. Every time you start sinking, replace your fearful and doubting thoughts with declarations of faith in truth. Stand on them! We have one up on ole David because we’ve been given the Helper…Holy Spirit, to help us “put on the mind of Christ” everyday.

When we are weak, He is strong. God saw everything that was and is and is to come in your life. He saw the depravity sin created in this world. He saw all your hurts and struggles, your tears and burdens and knew you couldn’t do it by yourself. In His awesome love for us, God offered a way through this human experience. That’s why Jesus died and rose. He covered it all and gave us a promise to never leave us or forsake us. When you humbly come before God, you get to trade your frailness for his strength. Forget formality, a simple “Jesus, I need you” will do. He reaches down and plucks us out, the mighty warrior who saves; putting His armor on you. Peace and joy in the midst are yours through inheritance. He empowers us with HIS spirit to overcome anything; giving us authority to call darkness into light, chaos into order and to change atmospheres and outcomes. Dear soul, you’re on the front lines and the decision to fight by your strength or His is in your hands. Your choice. Choose to fight FROM Jesus’ victory.

He is faithful, He is freedom, He is healer, He is hope and joy, love and peace and life. Keep fighting the good fight of faith. Good things are in store for you!

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,

the Maker of heaven and earth.”

– Psalm 121:1-2


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