Be the storm chaser
After the fall from Eden, sin blanketed the entire world, separating us from God. Why would God force us to love him? It’s in our suffering, our trials that true faith is born. It’s when you come out from a struggle that you know what you’re truly made of. If life were easy all the time you’d never know your true potential. The war between good and evil is waged beyond our own understanding. As a firefighter runs into a fire, a police officer runs into a mall with a shooter, a soldier faces the enemy in the most dangerous of firefights. Fear is as natural as happiness, as anger, as love, but bravery is not the absence of fear, but overcoming it to do great things.
To stand and fight against the wiles of the Devil takes courage and faith. It’s so important to know when the war is coming to your doorstep. Move towards the fire because the greatest of warriors understand the risk. 2 Timothy 2:3 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” As the storm wages on in the distance, the clouds gather, the gray and black skies rumble and tumble, the wind gathers it’s strength, and shortly after the slight calm turns to chaos. The winds swirl and the skies turn, the clouds come down from the heavens and touch the ground. The swirl of death moves across the land destroying everything it touches. Brave men and women known as storm chasers follow these storms and report the direction to save lives. The chasers risk their own lives to save others. It takes brave men and women to fight the fight. Think of it as breadcrumbs. God wants you on his path. It doesn’t mean you have to. Obstacles may be put in your way to change the path you’re on. You can either force your way through or stay on your own path. You can take the advice of God and move forward or try to do things that will most likely lead to more harm. Romans 5:3-5 “3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Runners train for their marathons, and as such those in ministry train for years. James 1:2-3 “2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[a] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” Meditate on the will of God. Find your center and be the warrior for Christ that we all must be. Each of us have our own purpose, we have our own place in the war. The Devil wants to break us, break our spirit, force the weakness out and deceive us to forsake our Father. Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” As long as we are steadfast in our faith we shall be able to stand firm against the flaming arrows of the Devil. As I learned to be a soldier I found myself not just a warrior for the country I love, but a warrior doing Gods work.
I am an American Soldier.
I am a warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.
Never accept defeat, never stop fighting the Devil, never give up your ground. Chase the storm, run into the fray, fight the good fight. The Devil doesn’t play fair and never will. Ephesians 6:13-17 “13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” We can fight the fight and chase the storm with the right equipment. Through God’s divine gift we have all we need.