Tabitha has posted a great call to courage and endurance on her blog, Godz Dancers. It definitely got my attention and left me nodding my head vigorously in agreement. :-)
"Arise, O Lord, and let your enemies be scattered."
We are in a battle, dear Christian. We are soldiers of Christ fighting each day in His name, sustained by His strength. In time of peace, soldiers do not rest but continue to train, submitting to long days of hard labour so that they will be prepared when the battle is upon them. But unlike the soldiers who fight for the sake of temporal things, our battle is a spiritual one. Still we need training, preparation, and protection. Each morning when we wake, we ought to plead, just as Moses did; 'Arise, O Lord, and let your enemies be scattered.' If we ask, and if we are willing to give all of ourselves for the sake of gaining all of Him, He will fight for us. Christian, the greatest Soldier is on your side; do not fight in fear.
"Onward Christian soldiers
marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus
going on before"
The call to "arise" and to "take up our cross daily" (Luke 9:23) is counter to the expectations placed on youth by today's society. But, by God's grace we can overcome the shackles of low expectations and be mighty warriors everyday.
Please pop over to Tabitha's blog and leave her a comment if you appreciated her post! :-)