—my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
for their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood
The world and his followers have but one purpose: to destroy our soul. To that end they use all kinds of tricks to make us deviate from the straight path that leads to God. All the kingdoms of the world and their splendor will parade before our eyes to attract our undivided attention and separate us from God’s plans. The will try to trick us into believing that our position in Christ is worthless and that following the teachings of the Lord is of no avail. They will make us believe that following Christ is something antiquated and dogmatic and that in light of scientific and philosophical breakthroughs it can be demonstrated that Christianity is just a myth. The world will use everything at its fingertips to confuse us so that we turn away from Christ. If all of God’s children would realize how subtle the world gets through our eyes and tries to take control of our minds and our hearts there would not be so many cases of Christians who have fallen and feel defeated.
Let us seek, therefore, the wisdom that comes from above, from the throne of God so that we can move through the world without falling victim to its tricks and deceptions. With our gaze fixed firmly on the goal and forgetting everything that lays behind let us strive to run the race with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith so that we will never tire or lose courage. With love let us hope for his return that is not long in coming. Instead of running to do evil, let us always hasten to do good, which pleases God. In this way we will be honoring the name of Christ, which is above every other name in all of creation. Only to God be the glory!
It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
We can find in the word of God many expressions that compare our daily lives with a continuous war. Certainly we are involved day by day in adverse situations that are the result of attacks by some of our enemies, including our own flesh or sinful nature. Our families are under heavy artillery fire whose sole purpose is to divide us and make us fight against each other. We are in a field of a battle that fortunately belongs to the Lord and by definition the war is already won. But even though our enemies have been defeated they will not acknowledge it and they will continue attacking all those who are on the Lord’s side as long as God permits. Many may wonder why the Lord does not put an end to this long conflict that has affected humanity since the time of our first fathers. Both the duration and troop involvement in the conflict are part of God’s perfect plan and hostilities will end only when God is satisfied that his plan has been carried out and his goals have been achieved. Meanwhile, as soldiers in this fight, the Lord prepares us and empowers us so we can struggle and emerge unscathed from the encounter.
Among many other things that God confers us to go into battle with are: strength, security, swiftness, steadfastness training, and power as King David says in this portion of Psalm 18. All these features allow us to address the conflict with a reassuring sense of confidence, not based on our own strength but based on the strength that comes from God. If we know that we have these skills and we apply them in the battlefield, our spiritual progress will be solid and permanent as that of seasoned warriors. Thank God that the battle belongs to him and we are part of the victorious army. Thank God that He enables us so we can prevail over the many conflicts in which we will be involved on a daily basis until the Lord announces with the hammered silver trumpets that the final victory has been achieved. Only to God be the glory!
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