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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Battle Belongs to the Lord. Sunday June 10, 2011

I love ministry.
Church ministry. 
I just absolutely love it. 
I live for the days and nights when I can tag along with my dad when he speaks at a parish. 
And the nights that I am blessed enough to speak, also very awesome!
I love ministry for the simple reason that it brings others to a deeper relationship with Christ.
He works through people. 
His love changes people. 

We are called to have a one-on-one personal relationship with Christ
But Christ also acknowledges that the unity with others is also important. 
Where two or more are gathered, Christ is there. 
This is the beauty of ministry and unity. 
When people are brought together to and through Christ, His name is glorified. 
He is exalted.
He is honored. 
And the devil is peeved. 
And so enters the battle between good and evil.
Spiritual warfare. 
The on-going, never-ending, yet, beautiful battle. 
The battle is beautiful because it will be overcome.
The Lord will prevail.
The good side will win.

The promise and assurance that Christ will win this battle make it a joy to be apart of it.
To be a soldier in His battle. 
To proudly wear the armor of faith.
The belt of truth.
The breastplate of righteousness.
The shoes of peace.
The shield of faith.
The helmet of salvation.
The sword of the Spirit.
All for His glory. 

The battle may be rough.
There may be days when you feel like quitting and giving up. 
It feels like it will never end. 
You get discouraged. 
You do good for the glory of the Lord and then it seems like every little thing goes wrong the next day.
It just seems like too much. 
It is in the moments of overload or of too much that your participation in the battle for the Lord is most needed. 
It is in moments like these that the words 'praise God' mean more than you could ever know. 

The battle belongs to the Lord.
It always has.
It always will.
Will you fight for Him? 
Fight with Him? 
Fight along side Him?
Fight for His glory and honor.
The battle belongs to Him.

*This was a VERY brief overview of the concept of spiritual warfare. There is more information that goes into a lot of detail. It is outstanding information to have. Though it may sound bias, the best information and the most accurate information I have ever found on spiritual warfare is found in one of the books my dad wrote entitled, Onward Catholic Soldier. If you have an interest in equipping yourself with knowledge of spiritual warfare, please consider this book! God bless!

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