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Under Fire

Every step forward assumes the risk of battle. In order to overtake and defeat the enemy we advance. We scale a wall to gain a higher perspective. We position ourselves to overcome because of the confidence that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us and gave Himself up for us. Notice that He does not conquer for us. He assures victory as we abide in Him. The promise is His; the responsibility of action is ours.


Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in [battles]. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

War uses resources – both seen and unseen. Strategies are challenged. Weapons are attacked. Minds are wearied. Bodies are injured. Spirits are tested. Commitment is either reinforced or destroyed. The price we are willing to pay reflects the value of our victory. Isn’t a win what we want? It might be the victory over sickness, fear; addiction; anxiety; sadness, poverty, confusion, disunity, et others. The list of wars we face is endless. But do we understand that a win on earth is only a win in heaven if our perspective in the victory reflects our perspective in the battle – our eyes fixed on Jesus.

When we are under fire -which we always are—the direction of our eyes cements the direction of our hearts. Satan continuously wars against our soul. His objective to kill, steal and destroy does not wane. Working under the pressure of a deadline toward eternity, he hurls continuous onslaught upon us. Strategies determined as the enemy of our souls observes our habits, relationships and actions undermine our intentions. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Distracted desperation leads to destruction.

Satan prowls like a lion, looking for someone to devour. His appetite for people is insatiable. He is always hungry to eat people up. Please note, however, that Satan is NOT a lion. He disguises himself as one. His power is limited; his ability to consume us is limited by our habits and our reactions which both reflect our relationship with the Lion of Judah.

Our ability and willingness to cast all our cares upon Jesus reflects the depth of our relationship with Him. Just before, Peter cautions us against our enemy, he reminds us to cast all our cares upon Jesus. In other words, limit your distractions. Understand that those cares, those wars you rage, which are seeking your destruction are light and momentary troubles, working toward victory, in view of the Commander of the Army to which we enlist.

It is okay if we are not sure how to surrender it all to Jesus. We want to control, manipulate, argue, nag and even romance our way into victories. Jesus invites us to come and learn from Him by appealing to us that His yoke is easy; his burden is light. We can find rest when we allow our battles to be won through Him. We still need to fight, but what a relief that we are not alone. We are not responsible for the outcome; He is.

We are fighting battles with the perspective of eternity. We, as our human nature allows, entrap ourselves in shortsighted victory. We desire fame. We desire healing. We desire rest. We desire unity. Yet, when eternity is gained, after a war well fought, none of those victories will remain within our vision. We will cast our crowns at the feet of Jesus.9 We will be given new bodies that are never sick or tired. We will be the community within a new heavens and new earth whose focus for eternity is Jesus. Satan will be bound and thrown into an eternal pit where he is not able to manipulate our intentions, mess with our minds or make pain in our bodies.

The phrase “under fire” will reflect not the war we wage but the place we assume at the feet of Jesus, for our God is a consuming fire.

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Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Hebrews 12:2 “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Psalm 121:1-2 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

I Peter 5:8 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

I Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Revelation 4:10-11 “the twenty four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worships him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and be your will they were created and have their being.”

Revelation 21:1-4 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a ride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 20:2 “He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.”

Revelation 20:10 “And the devil, who received them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”


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