As you may or may not know, my husband is in the Army. One of the many “blessings” that comes with that is the joy of having Army equipment strewn about every room in the house. After more than twelve years of Army service my husband has A LOT and i have grown accustomed to equipment becoming prominent fixtures to every room.
That being said, I was struck by something beautiful this morning when I came downstairs on the way to the kitchen for my Best Morning Friend Cup-O-Joe. I walked by the usual pile of equipment in the living room but this morning I stopped. I stopped and stared captivated by a sudden thought. Just as my husband puts on his full armor in preparation for battle, so too have I as I have been waging this battle with infertility. The fight with infertility is certainly a very physical one. We subject ourselves to a barrage of exams and testing, we volunteer for procedures that others would cringe away from. We repeatedly go back for “just one more” fertility treatment clinging to the hope that the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, heavens seventh time is the charm!
We are also waging a spiritual battle with the prince of darkness. The enemy that comes to kill, steal, and destroy. An enemy that is cunning enough for us to begin to believe his awful lies despite knowing full well God’s truth. Sometimes we suffer wounds from insults (even well meaning comments pierce the heart like a mighty sword). We fall victim to the temptation to advance forward even when God is telling us to “be still and know that I AM GOD”. We become casualties of our own making, believing the enemies lies about our worth and value, instead of claiming victory that we are exactly as God created us to be.
Let’s commit ourselves to donning the helmet of salvation. No attack from the enemy can take away the precious, free gift from our Father. He loved us so much that He sent His only son to die for us. Let us guard our hearts with the breastplate of righteousness. God’s righteousness is what protects our hearts from the enemy and ensures His approval of us. Pick up your shield of faith and carry it boldly! It will protect you from every blow the enemy will throw at us. Keep a Godly prospective and look beyond your current circumstances. Take up your sword of the Spirit. It is the only offensive weapon we have or will ever need. There will be times when you will need to get down into the trenches, low crawl to the front lines, and lead the charge headfirst into the enemy. Trust in the truth of God’s word and be confident that the ultimate victory is ours. Tighten your belt of truth. Make it so snug that not even the tiniest of lies from the enemy has room to creep in. In God’s eyes we are more than enough. We are priceless to Him and He has great plans for us.! And finally lace up the footgear of readiness to spread the good news and proclaim it. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Boldly spread the good news so that others may claim victory as well.
One final thought. Just as in the battles of old, where the little drummer boys would motivate the soldiers with their drums, let God’s faithfulness motivate you through your battle. Let it be the tempo to which you wage you fight! He is and always will be faithful to every one of His promises from beginning to end! Now claim your victory!