2 weeks ago, I downloaded a little game (a dashboard widget) in my laptop called “Paradise Paintball”. It is a game
that is in a way similar to the Counter-Strike game-just simpler. The goal is to “splat” out as many aliens as possible (Well, everyone in the game is an alien including you! ) using paintball guns and rocket launchers.
At first I always get splatted out of the game. Joshua, my brother (who’s really a computer gamer, and a competent sportsman) easily wins the game more than I do. We played the game many times during the holiday break…I can just relate how being “splatted out” of that game feels with the feeling I get when “splatted” out in spiritual battle. Then I was reminded of the verse:
But He gives us more grace. That is why the Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Submit yourselves then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
The world, my flesh, and the devil. They very much orchestrated and committed to bring us down. Destroy, kill, hinder, confuse unto death of holiness, death of purpose (“destiny”), death of testimony. This is spiritual warfare- a norm for every Christ-follower and disciple-those who would desire God more than anything or anyone.
Our tendency is to fear and be overly anxious about this battle to the point that we fight on our own strategies, will, strength, and might. The result is depressing. It is very much disappointing-we get ”splatted out” by the enemy many times!
Yet God is to be feared above all- never the devil. I am to tremble (out of honor and reverence) at His words, instructions, and commandments. He is also very gracious and faithful! He has provided all that you and I need to win! (Actually its more than just “our” winning, it’s His honor and glory that are at stake!) He just wants us to trust HIm and obey Him! A closer look at God’s Word tells us:
He gives… (God is naturally generous, giving abundantly to those who ask)
He opposes… (He is against the proud! He hates prideful heart!)
but gives… (He gives empowering Grace to the humble)
We should submit (in humility, faith, in trust, in joy and receive the grace we need to win)
then resist (with boldness, vigilance and courage)
He flees away!
Here’s the point: God’s Great Grace is the key to win.
And this Grace (that causes us to win) can be only given to the humble and submissive people.
This Great grace that has saved us eternally will also cause us to overcome, to win in life, and attempt and expect great things for God for His greater fame and Glory!
(*originally posted at www.j0ash.multiply.com January 4, 2009)