Basics of Heroic Living

The protection of God allows us to stand.  We stand against the tricks of the devil.  Notice this fact. 

We do battle in this life against the supernatural enemy.  More often than not, our battle is not against other humans.  What is more important to notice is that when we do battle, we encounter trickery.  We battle lies and deceit.  We do not battle truth.  Notice that when the enemy comes against you he brings deception not truth.  He brings tricks that hide or confuse the real problem. So in order to stand, we must be prepared in the protection of God.  We are to bestrong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  We are kept and preserved by the power of God through faith.  The same faith we have that we are saved.  This faith is to be ready and revealed when we need it.  Many times the enemy uses our emotions against us.  Our pathos, our passions, our emotions are important.  We must not ignore them or bury them.  We are human.  God has given us feelings.  There is no shame in expressing feelings.  However, when it comes time to battle, we must not use these feelings when making decisions.  Be mindful of deceit and trickery when battling the enemy.  We must pay attention to the truth in the situation. 

A young man was doing well on the high school wrestling team.  He had definite talent.  At his next match, scouts were going to speak with him about scholarships to colleges.  Prior to the match he had serious problems with decisions his family had made.  He was an emotional wreck.  He was confused about his place in life and the attitudes of his family.  Instead of seeing the reality of the situation he allowed his emotions to control his behavior.  He went to the wrestling match in this condition.  He wrestled with anger, with emotion.  His actions resulted in several unsportsmanlike conduct calls from the referee.  As a result he was disqualified.  The officials removed him from the match.  No scouts approached him.  His actions changed his future.  You can see from this example how it is important to see truth and not allow our emotions to rule us.  We must restrain our emotions prior to making decisions.  In this revealed truth we can take action. 

Earlier in this blog we mentioned God’s might.  God is all-powerful.  This is not in dispute.  God’s power exists.  His power is available.  God’s might is to be respected, revered, and feared.  His might knows no equal.  However, our emphasis on this power is misplaced.  You must realize that our faith activates the power of God.  Your faith is what brings the power of God into our lives on this earth.  Much like breathing in the absence of oxygen is gasping, so God’s might is impotent without our faith.  Notice 1Peter 1:5, “We are protected by the power of God through faith.”  This is a critical rule for life.  Using this philosophy you can live a more abundant life.  Before you were born, God knew whom you were.  While you were still forming in your mother’s womb, God knew the person He designed you to be.  You have value.  You have worth.  What makes us worthy of God’s protective care?  The same spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead abides within you.  Emmanuel, God with you.  Jesus is the word of life.  God’s word, the thing He watches over, is in you.  Cultivate this.  Allow this to grow and become a force within you.  This prepares us to be ready and meet each trial.  In times of anxiety the word of God gives us confidence.   When haunted by insecurities, there is no substitute for the power of God’s words.  What empowers us to face with confidence the trials of this life?  Jesus came, this word of comfort and assurance, lived among us so that we could live life abundantly. 

World-renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow establishedthat one of the fundamental fears is that of insecurity.  For a human male this lack of support drives many decisions.  How much torture of anxiety could be saved if we knew the word of God?  For those of us who belong to Him, we have the security we so naturally desire.  We can rest assured in the supportive arms of the Father.  Deuteronomy 33:27, ”The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  How much mental suffering might we save ourselves if we believed and acted onRomans 8:28?  Life looks a lot different for those who know that all things work together for good to them that love God.  The requirements, pressures, demands, and constraints in life become more manageable.  In fact they become conquerable.  Remember that the enemy comes at us with trickery not reality.  We need to live in the protection of God so that we can see the reality through God’s eyes.  Know that God is joyous when you praise the Him (Zephaniah 3:14 and 17).  Know that the joy of the LORD is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10)  Know that you can do all thing through Christ which strengthens you (Philippians 4: 13).

The knowledge that God is our strength is the basis for heroic living.  Remember from the previous blog entry, “We behave bravely when we add value to a situation by being strong hearted.  God can do what is good in His sight through courageous, conscientious men.  We are not truly Christian until we behave valiantly.”  God has led men of the past through darkness to light, from despair to hope, from tragedy to triumph.  So pray that God would lead you in this same manner.  He is going to have you lead others.  God will keep that which is committed to Him.   Psalm 121:2 my help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer my foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber.  In order for any of God’s words to hold true for you, commit yourself.  Belong to God.  Be in His protection.