“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened,

and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

(Joshua 1:9)

At this point in time many of us are battle weary.  The daily challenges being presented to us when we walk out the door, or even by picking up the phone can be overwhelming.  I have two examples from my own life, one being last week.  I was on the phone with an insurance company trying to get information on extra medical insurance.  I called just to get an ‘Informational Brochure’.  What I got was a ‘specialist’ whose sole purpose at that point in her life was to get me to ‘sign up’ for medical insurance that would end up ‘costing’ us money.  Nothing I said diverted her from her ‘task’ (although I knew that there were, in fact, cheaper plans).  I listened to her lie, divert, ignore, and finally ”frustrated with me” (ha, ha, ha) she hung up.

The other example … has anyone else been experiencing ‘crazy’ drivers?  Driving, for me, used to be a pleasurable experience.  Going from Point A to Point B was no big deal.  Not any more.  We have to get ‘prayed up’ before we leave the driveway.  Besides the maniacs that are texting and driving way below the speed limit, there are those who, for some reason, like to smell your exhaust, and consequently drive as close as they can to the rear of your car without actually touching it.  I call these people “Frustrated Nascarers.”  But they also cause undue ‘stress’ on those they are following. 

So your nerves are shot because you haven’t been able to carry out normal daily activities because of everyday ‘challenges.’  Surely the enemy (Satan) is working overtime along with his demonic hordes.  The good news — God is not missing!  He is as close to us as a whisper to a loved one or friend.

One of the characteristics that makes a good soldier is being aware of his (or her) surroundings at all times.  Like watchmen on the wall, a good soldier sees beyond what his natural vision shows him.  He can almost ‘sense’ the enemies whereabouts.  Well dear saints, the enemy is all around us.  Keeping that in your mind is very helpful when within the midst of your daily routines suddenly what should be ‘normal’ becomes ‘abnormal.’  If that happens to a believer, chances are good the enemy (evil) is involved somehow. 

Train yourself to be alert and aware of your surroundings, by remembering who the god of this world is (Satan) your discernment will be sharpened and  ‘Praise God’ you will be less stressed and frustrated.  The NIV version of 1 Peter 5:8 tells us:  Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Other Bible versions state:  Be Sober and Watch!   Be Sober and Vigilant!  Be Sober and Self-controlled, Be Watchful! 

Again … train yourself to see spiritually what is going on around you.  Walk in the Spirit!

I love Matthew 28:20 where Jesus said, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” God is not missing!  He is with us even now, living within you (you are His temple).  Be aware of His presence and the graces and gifts He has given you to overcome the world.  Be alert and watch ... ask God to give you spiritual wisdom and spiritual eyes to see what is really going on.


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