Loneliness and fear go hand in hand.
When we are surrounded by our fellow warriors enjoying sweet fellowship, loneliness and fear are melted away.
When we are alone at the midnight hour or rising in the black of the dawn, and there is no one there to encourage us, that is when we face the test.
Will we stay in touch with headquarters and hold our quadrant, or will we retreat to bastions of self indulgent comforts to drown out the terrors of the dark?
Either way, there’s a price to pay.
If we stand and fight, we may die.
If we retreat, we will live with the dread of a future battle that still has to be fought.
If we retreat long enough, we may convince ourselves that the battle is un-winnable.
A life lived in perpetual retreat is a living death.
So, how do we find camaraderie and courage when we are alone?
Who is going to help us hold our quadrant?
Who is going to speak to our soul: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm, and you will see the deliverance that the Lord will bring you today.”?
It is not enough to win the day; we must win the night, too.
This is not a part-time war that we are engaged it.
It is perpetual; it is relentless; it is no exaggeration to say that it is a fight to the death.
The enemy wants to kill us, and he will not leave us until we learn how to vanquish him.
May God help us.
No, really; God help us! “Give us help against the enemy, for the help of man is in vain.”
The Holy Spirit is called the comforter, the counselor, and the Spirit of Christ.
We must be filled with the Spirit if we are going to live and die for Christ.
If Christ himself is going to live his life through us, we need all the help we can get, and I don’t mean maybe.
There have been many casualties of war that have resulted from underestimating the enemy.
Our enemy has been around since the dawn of time, and he knows the territory.
He has far more experience opposing God and his children than we have opposing him.
Only God knows how to deal with him effectively. So, “Let us submit ourselves to God, resist the enemy, and he will flee from us.” Let us say continually, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Holy Spirit. Come, and lead us home.”
~ Brad Heilhecker