“Yes let’s go kick enemy butt!” She had said courageously puffing up her chest and ready to spring forward.
She loved Him, completely with all her heart, with all her soul with all her mind, in spite of all her faults and imperfections. But it was never about her being “perfect.” No, there was only One who was perfect and that was Jesus. How could she not love Him? He had given His life for her. The keys to winning the battle was to acknowledge that it was nothing but His grace, His forgiveness, His mercy, His love and His sacrifice that kept her going. Whens he was at her wearest she would think on these words:
Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength— he will make my feet like those of a deer, equipping me to tread on my mountain heights. (Habakkuk 3:18-19)
You see, it wasn't until the scales had been removed from her spiritual eyes that she had known what real love was, the most unselfish love of all.
"God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have ever lasting life." (John 3:16)
With a new burst of energy, she picked herself up out of the mud, wiped the dirt off her face and stood with her back straight and her chin up.
"Okay satan - so you got me on that round. You won that fight, you tripped me up in a moment of weakness and temptation - but let me remind you of this - You *may* have won that round with me but YOU have already been defeated in the war. Jesus DEFEATED YOU by His shed blood and the work He accomplished on the cross. So laugh at the way you just tripped me up - but look at me? STILL I RISE. And I will go forward in His name and I will fight with every bit of strength I have within me. And when I sin, I will confess my sin and ask for His strength so I will be stronger the next time around. Because my strength is not my own - it is HIS. I shall plead His shed blood down upon me and He will wash me clean! Because I belong to HIM. And everytime I fall - I will rise UP again because my Savior lives! And just so that you know for me, to LIVE is Christ, to die is to gain because I know that the number of my days HE will fulfill and I also know that it is in Jesus' name I pray! AMEN"
... Did you hear that? It's the sound of the enemy and his cohorts shrieking. The fiery darts that they tried to throw her way have reversed in direction mid-air and they have become the target. God is on His throne and in control... The thing is, He always has been, since the beginning of time.