Monday, May 16, 2011

Warrior Princess--Spiritual Battle

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live in a perfect world? A world that was all good and no evil. A world where everyone was TRULY treated equally; a world without sin, a world where not only did God know and love us but we ALL knew and loved Him. What an amazing world it would be. I envision it looking something like this..Everything pure, vibrant and beautiful...Rich with the greatest love. Instead, we live in a world corrupted by evil and saturated in sin.

Our world is like this because of the Fall of man. We cannot experience a perfect world because the relationship between man and God was broken in the Garden of Eden. Donald Miller, author of Searching for God Knows What, correlates the Fall of man with a war. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were attacked (deceived) by Satan. This was the only war that will ever be truly good versus evil. All other battles are complicated. Adam and Eve were tricked into thinking they wanted something they couldn’t have. When we are deceived, we make bad decisions. It’s as simple as that.

Because man had sinned against God, He had to break the relationship between them. This explains why we struggle in our day to day lives now. This is why we have insecure feelings and experience shame, jealousy, envy, lust...etc. This is why we are constantly comparing ourselves with each other. We are searching for that security we lost when man sinned against God. This seems so unfair but that’s life.

So it is inevitable that we are going to have these insecure feelings but what do we do to try and prevent them? We have a spiritual battle. When you are feeling insecure, falling victim to lust, experiencing envy or sense jealousy creeping upon you, go to His word for guidence.  Pray for strength, express your need for Him and your love for your Savior.  Thats what I do.  Evil is out there roaming just as it was in the Garden of Eden and we have to stick close to God. Cling to Him.  He will light a path for us and all we have to do is love Him, trust Him, obey and follow. This is much easier said than done because we as humans are gullible and easily deceived.

I’m going to insert a work story here. I know I’m always talking about my experiences at work but that’s where I spend the majority of my time these days haha. In case you weren’t aware, Walgreens carries a little bit of everything...I think it’s like a mini Wal-Mart or something. You wouldn’t think a drug store would sell fresh fruit but surprise we do! Well my store is currently having issues communicating with our fruit vender. He’s pretty unreliable when it comes to exchanging the old fruit for fresh fruit. This is frustrating because we advertise fresh fruit not overly-ripe-good-for-baking fruit. Well the other day I was staring at the overly ripe bananas with 2 of my managers..we were deciding if we should leave them out for the fruit guy to come pick up or just dispose of them. (We are supposed to wait for the vender so we can get credit for the fruit we don’t sell). One of my managers expressed his concern that if we waited too much longer to dispose of them we’d have fruit flies. Me, being the inquisitive person that I am, asked how we’d get fruit flies in the store...I wanted to know where they would come from. Well my manager looked at me with a straight face and told me that Fruit flies lay their eggs in young fruit and when the fruit becomes ripe enough, which is overly ripe for people, the eggs hatch...the fruit flies come from the fruit itself. I had no idea he wasn’t being serious..I totally believed it and was completely grossed out and swore off ever eating fruit again...haha I’m a pretty intelligent girl but boy am I gullible. If one of my managers could trick me so easily just think how easy it is for Satan to deceive me. It’s scary to think about.

We are highly susceptible to sin and if we choose to go against God, we will surely fall prey to Satan. We will be engulfed by bitter feelings and suffer from the absence of our Father. But if we choose to be warriors for God and trust in Him, we can fight against evil and experience everlasting love. Who’s side are you on?


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