How's your week going? A bit crazy?
Our week so far has been pretty chaotic at home. Tammy's pain scale has increased significantly, we still have much to do for Sunday and Tammy just called to tell me that our son, Koty, just threw up on her.
This doesn't surprise me at all. I've been expecting this. The closer we've gotten to the launch of epic church the crazier things have gotten around us. I've personally battled strange bouts of depression and discouragement in the midst of God doing incredible things around me. Tammy and I have had more relational conflict within the past several months than normal. At times I've been on edge over insignificant things and have had conflict and miscommunication with good friends. Things at home have broken and have needed repair. It's felt crazy!
The crazier it gets, the more I'm reminded of the Larger Story we find ourselves in. I'm reminded of the enemy of God who will do everything within his power to discourage us from doing God's work. I'm reminded that he is trying to get us off task from doing what God is asking.
More than that I'm reminded of the Hero of our story! The Hero that has made us more than conquerors! The Hero that resides within us! The Hero that can do more than we can ask or think! The Hero that will always be with us! The Hero that fights for us! The Hero that makes available peace that passes all understanding when we go through difficult times.
So, if your life feels a little crazier than normal, maybe you're doing just what God wants and just what the enemy can't stand. Be encouraged and stand firm! Don't quit! Don't throw in the towel to dispair or discouragement! Stand your ground in God's truth!
"A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm." ~ Ephesians 6:10 - 13