Last Man Standing
Sometimes the one who wins is the one who manages to stand the longest. This is often how I feel when under pressure of the enemy. If I can stand and keep standing then I can win. Doesn’t it say resist the devil and he will flee from you? If I can stand despite the pressure of the enemy then I can overcome. I have learnt that the pressure of the enemy can come for a few days before it lifts, it is in those moments that my perspective can be skewed; It is a dangerous time to make decisions as there is a temptation to be irrational or hasty. I am better off waiting until the pressure has lifted, not drawing conclusions from things that have been said, being careful to hold my tongue. When you write it down it all seems so easy! In the middle of it all it can sometimes feel like your world is falling apart.
I have to remind myself that to win I need to stand. That is all. Sometimes there will be a moving forwards, but to overcome I just need to keep standing. I have found during these times of pressure that to fix my eyes on the Lord is that which will sustain me, though it feels counterintuitive I know it will give me grace. Sometimes I have to wilfully change my thinking form the stories that are raging inside, I choose to think on who He is despite what the situations around my might be trying to inform me.
Last man standing wins the day. He overcomes the enemy. When you are the last one on the battlefield then you have won. Stand strong against his schemes, for they are only momentary.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:10-13 NIV