Spiritual Warfare: Faithful in Trial

Sword & Shield SmallNothing pulls us to prayer faster than crisis. As it should. And these days, it seems there are so many difficult situations to take before the Lord. It is a critical time in the lives of our loved ones and in the life of our nation. As the return of Jesus draws ever closer, we will see an increase in pressure, problems, even persecution. The Bible tells us that clearly. (Matt. 24)

Maybe it’s just where I live and the people I know, but there are many who feel they are under an attack from the enemy. And that does happen. It is not our imagination. The enemy comes to “steal, kill and destroy,” (John 10:10.) He also comes to distract and draw off course. He comes to tempt, for sin will destroy us as sure as a deadly disease. The enemy will try anything to weaken our faith, to cause us to question God’s goodness, anything to get us to turn away from our Lord.

Satan’s Motivation

Remember Job? Satan’s motivation is revealed to us in this story. Satan, speaking of Job, says to the Lord, “But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face,” (Job 1:11.) When that didn’t work and Job, by God’s own testimony, “maintained his integrity,” (Job 2:3) Satan wanted to try again. “But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face,” (Job 2:5.)

Satan wanted God to take everything away from Job and to put him in physical agony just so that Job would turn away from God and stop serving and loving Him. Satan wanted Job to curse God to his face. He wanted Job to strike out against God in anger and rebellion and to sever their relationship. Job didn’t do that. Job clung to his knowledge of God in faith. God, in return, used the situation to teach Job, bringing him even deeper in his knowledge of God and then healed him and blessed his life twice as much. (Job 42:10.)

Faithful Under Attack

In the midst of our trials, we need to remember Job. We need to remember that it is Satan who wants us to turn away from God in doubt. We must remember to always turn TO the Lord and never away. We must remember that John 10:10 does not end with the thief coming to steal and kill and destroy. Jesus Himself was speaking and He said, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”

When we are under attack and are suffering loss or suffering in our body, we need to be like Job and remain faithful to God, refusing to turn and curse Him. Instead, we remain faithful in our love for Him. Faithful in trusting Him. Faithful in prayer. I saw someone post on Facebook recently that she didn’t understand God’s plan for her life, but she loved Him still. That is a beautiful statement of faith. We have to remember that while God may have allowed this trial to come, He is with us and He will bring us through it. If we will trust Him, we will come out stronger and twice as blessed.


Don’t Give Up

Glacier Bible Camp

I had never heard of Family Camp until I moved to Montana. Turns out, it’s a wonderful week-long conference on a campground in Hungry Horse, MT. (Yes, the town is called Hungry Horse, named for a couple of horses that got lost in the winter of 1900 and were later found, skinny and hungry, but alive. Couldn’t go on without clearing that up.)

The campground is called Glacier Bible Camp, owned by The Montana District Council of the Assemblies of God, and has a magnificent lodge, as well as dorms and campsites. There is a 1000-seat tabernacle and a smaller prayer chapel, along with a cafeteria, snack shack, basketball and volleyball courts and an outdoor amphitheater! All surrounded by beautiful trees, a river and mountains.

Family Camp

We live close. Just a 25-min. drive and we’re there. Summer is Scott’s work season, so we don’t try to stay on the campground, but we drive up for as many services as possible and I’ve been privileged to sing a special once during the week for many years.

Family Camp is a really cool thing. It starts over 4th of July weekend and runs for eight days. In the weeks to follow, we have tons of kids cycling through for a week that will change their spiritual lives. First, Junior Teen Camp, then Senior Teen, then Kids Camp. Many more events take place at Glacier Bible Camp throughout the year.

Keep Going

Last night, the speaker was Les Welk, the Superintendent for the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. What a powerful Word.

It wasn’t about pushing through to great heights and he wasn’t trying to get everyone “amped up” on a spiritual high. Les talked about Gal. 6:9, which says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Dig Ditches

Then, he took us to a passage in the Old Testament (II Kings 3) where he told us we need to—wait for it—dig ditches. That was the whole key to a military victory because God did a miracle after the army dug ditches. (Check out the story here. It’s amazing.)

Sometimes God promises us victory and then the thing He asks us to do to receive that victory is mundane, boring, and feels an awful lot like work! Sometimes we have to trust that as we plod faithfully on, regardless of how it feels or if it seems like progress to us or not, that God will use our obedience to bring us to victory. He always will.

God Will Show Up

I find that very encouraging. In the areas where it seems like I’m doing what I’m supposed to, but I’m not seeing Big Results yet, I just need to – keep going. So I will. We must not give up if we want to see the harvest. The ditches must be dug for God to do His miracle. Join me?

Is there an area of your life where you have a promise of God, but you are “in the meantime?” Are you being faithful? (Don’t give up!)

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