This last 3 months have been a time of ‘rest’ and consolidation. I’ve had issues to deal with, around wellness, and my proposed move South, and I needed to soak up some wisdom to help me.
Rest was pretty much enforced by the leg injury described in my post And He Shall Reign In Miracles – nothing REALLY major, but it brought pain and swelling, and affected the stability of the knee for several weeks. My doctor later said the last horse kick on the leg she dealt with required a hip replacement. Ooops! Reinforced my gratitude: evidence of the Lord’s protection. I am sure angels were with me.
The Enemy At Work
Often we struggle too hard with our problems, when we should be acknowledging the supreme power of the Almighty, and resting in the Peace that Jesus offers us.
The reality is that for us, resting is the hardest part of all. We fall into the big old trap of listening to Satan’s scenarios, and thinking that the only way to deal with things is by our own abilities. When we look at the total picture of what is stacked up against us in the physical realm (as with my proposed move), we feel overwhelmed. That is the time when we need to fix our thoughts on the Lord. Not as easy to do as it sounds. Why? Because the enemy does not give up easily. He returns again and again to the attack.
Fight Like The Eagle
This morning I read something that spoke so clearly to me that I just have to share it. It is a passage from an article by Jane Hansen Hoyt, President and CEO of Aglow International. It is a brilliant exposition of the battle tactics used by the eagle in fighting a snake. And I am reminded of how many times in the last few weeks I have seen the Lord likened to an eagle:
“The eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. He picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground, and then he releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak, and vulnerable – unlike on the ground where it is powerful, wise and deadly. Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles. Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone. Change the battle ground like the eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer. You will be assured of clean victory.”
Ancient Greek coin replica – The Eagle and the Snake. Silver coin of Olympia, struck about 480 BC. Obviously, the Greeks had many times watched the efficiency with which eagles defeated snakes in battle using this technique.
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