Emmanuel Baptist Church – Newington, CT – Pastor Cary Schmidt

Spiritual Battle…

How are you in the spiritual battle? May I write a few words into your battle today?
Lately, I’ve been reading the book of Jeremiah. It’s filled with declarations from God about His making good on promises—both of justice and of blessing. He speaks to Israel about their coming captivity, and instructs them to trust Him, even on dark days. Then he reassures that the captivity will not last forever. He promises eventual restoration and peace.
Here’s the point. Every day, there’s a spiritual battle for your heart—a spiritual assault on our minds, emotions, intentions, and decisions. Satan is often relentless to thwart God’s work in our lives and to sideline us out of God’s blessing. But, by design, the Christian journey is filled with “enduring” seasons—times of patient pressing forward. Those times are hard, but they are also blessed, in that they show us God in the dark. They reveal to us that joy is not a product of optimal circumstances. They show us that our security and significant does not rest in external conditions, but rather in Jesus Christ alone.
In Jeremiah 51:47, after many chapters detailing the coming captivity, God says “Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded…” In other words, God says, “I’m at work, even in the dark moments… and behold the days come when this will all be made right. It will all be different.”
So, my friend, I speak into your spiritual battle this morning—Behold, the days come when you will be glad you endured, glad you remained faithful; glad you trusted God; glad you rejoiced in hope! This is not the time to give up, it’s a time to grow deeper, and keep pressing forward in grace.
I stepped out of the font door this morning at about 6:30am, the sunlight was just beginning to peak above the tree line to the east. Even so, every dark night, every spiritual battle, every season of hardship in life will have its own sunrise. God is good to His Word.
I pray you will rest in His strength, be encouraged in His Word, and enjoy His love today!
I love you and am praying for you!
Your friend,
Pastor Cary
PS—Please spread the word that our “Trunk or Treat” on Wednesday is postponed to Nov. 4th, and we will have our regular Bible study in Philippians tomorrow! I hope to see you there…
Posted in EBC Blog on October 27, 2015.

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