After trudging along on the battlefield for a while and learning to trust even through those fiery darts, all of a sudden, you’ll start to feel alive again.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.
– Ephesians 2:1 (NKJV)
In this verse in Ephesians, the apostle Paul compares our being alive in Christ to our state before we knew Him – which was dead.
When we travel a difficult road, when we engage our weapons in battle against our enemies – depression, fear, anxiety, self pity, and the list goes on – and when we fight with the faith and love that we have in Christ, then we arrive at a place where we finally awaken to His beauty in the midst of battle.
If you are waging war right at this very moment, then I understand that you may not even be able to begin to imagine the possibility of viewing beauty within this dark desolate space.
But I know you will.
You will, because when you focus on the One who pours out the blessings rather than the blessings themselves, your eyes will open to a world with the most vibrant color. Try to take your eyes off the victory at the end of the battle, and concentrate on the love that can envelop you right where you are.
Though you may fight, you fight the good fight, which leads to beauty in Christ Jesus.
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