Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The Spiritual Renewal Conference was an encouraging time focusing on the reviving of our hearts. The goal is simple: renew. So often in our daily lives, we shuffle priorities and lose biblical balance on the view of our purpose here as followers of Christ. Pastor Prater did a phenomenal job at preaching through the book of Joshua and applying key truths for successful Christian living.
As I have thought through the messages, I am encouraged specifically to the fact we can have spiritual victory in our lives. Christian, victory is possible, but it must involve the discipline of daily obedience to Christ and His Word. Preparation for battle is key to successful military conquests. Generals know that if they would dare enter a battlefield ill-prepared, they’re destined for defeat. Naturally, they do everything possible to prepare their troops for victory.
In the book of Ephesians, Paul similarly encourages the church to “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Verse 10 emphasizes the strength that we can draw upon with our God while verse 11 indicates the absolute necessity to personally prepare. God provides the ability to fight spiritual warfare BUT we are called to “put on.” He is our source of strength, but you must trust him and appropriate your spiritual resources.
Weeks of renewal allow us to refocus and set our priorities and focus back on Christ, but the battle continues. In fact, as Pastor Prater mentioned…it often intensifies.
As we move “Forward" do not neglect prayer, worship, Bible study, accountability, and the many decisions that you made this past week. Be diligent. Christ guarantees the ultimate victory, but we can lose individual battles due to our lack of continual commitment. Lethargy, indifference, and ineffectiveness DO NOT have to describe your spiritual walk with Jesus. Keep your armor on and be alert to the advances of the Enemy. Church, let’s continue moving forward forgetting those things which are behind and pressing toward the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ.