If I were your enemy, I would sever all connections that would aid in your victory. You would be isolated, completely cut off from your support line. There would be no way of escape. You would be in my control easily; restricted. Your life would be in my hands. Do you feel trapped yet?
Ever wonder why you’re often assailed by consistent waves of trouble and confusion within your family, church, school, and workplace? It’s because you have a sworn unseen enemy stirring up waves of strife to knock you down and keep you there.
Little do you understand that you’ve been chosen to be a warrior in an ongoing celestial war – The choice is yours. To be overcome or to overcome. One side of the story is your enemies’ intentions to eliminate you. Yet, despite his efforts, the same condemnation he throws in your face can easily be transformed as a stepping stone to draw you closer to your Creator – if you allow it.
This is the “behind the scenes” tug of war in building Resilience. The question is, what’s your focus on? The attacks and besetment of the adversary? Or the Chief Commander of Heaven?
Your focus determines your direction and endurance. If you want to live and thrive, there’s no other way but to build Resilience. If this is your wish, then here is one thing you should establish. There are other words for it, but in the case of a battle, this one word sums it up pretty nicely – Hope.
Where is your hope? In whom do you place your hope? Do you even have any?
Hope in Christ (your Chief Commander) is the elixir of Resilience. Once you are armed with this potent weapon, you’re 10x more likely to stand your ground in the face of your enemy. And if you’ve fallen, having hope will fuel your spirit to snap back into battle mode.
Why? Because your hope in Jesus demonstrates your allegiance to the “greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is” His. (1 Chronicles 29:11). It also shows that you trust Him “to supply all your needs, according to his riches and glory” for victory in your life. (Philippians 4:19).
Consequently, this offers you a safe haven from the enemy as well because the Lord has a way and “will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:14)
That to me, friends, sounds like peace is the aftermath of having hope, and who wouldn’t want to have complete peace amidst the raging battle?
Place your hope in your Commanding Chief Jesus. Once you do so, he will keep you in perfect peace as your mind will be stayed upon Him because you demonstrate your hope by trusting in Him to fulfill His Living Word. (Isaiah 26:3).
Find Hope | Build Resilience
Written by Saskia Hurlston, Adventist Youth