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Spiritual Warfare and Sovereignty of GOD: a reflection

There are times when life flows easily but most of the time, hurdles and inconveniences crop up. Most is just a part of the tides of life. But sometimes satan does try to trip us up.

When we are wanting to grow as followers of Jesus, inevitably, the enemy will try to block our progress. But that progress, without the enemy, would be far less.

Spiritual warfare is a gift, not a curse. When we encounter struggles, hurdles, or even conflict, it is ALWAYS AN OPPORTUNITY to mature and grow in trust and fellowship with Jesus.

Currently, I’m having trouble with a tenant. This is unpleasant, but it is an opportunity too. Because I can learn so much from adversity, as unpleasant as it is.

For example, I’ve learned I don’t argue well. When someone attacks me, I immediately revert to self defence. Instead of drawing out someone’s flaws when they attack mine, I defend myself. Jesus did not defend himself and when persecution comes my way, which in these End Times, it very well may, I must be able to be resolute and not fearful, calm and not antagonised.

This is a BIG weakness in me. I get emotional! Best to walk away, but if it is right to stand my ground, I need to learn to ignore an attack on me. It’s the enemy’s tactic to throw me off balance.

We need to be aware that as the LORD is sovereign, even adversity in our lives is within His plans and purposes.

So, when we face a struggle, it is good to use the Word of GOD and pray. This is spiritual warfare and there is a place for it. But at the same time, we need to ask Him, “What are you showing me in this?” “What is your lesson to me?” “What do I need to learn through this situation.” Because GOD and His purpose is in everything we face, and when we face it with Him, we face it in strength.

I am learning detachment. When the accuser lies about me, I get emotional. I must not. In adversity, strength comes from fearlessness, and fearlessness comes from confidence that the LORD is at my side, is within me, is my cheerleader and is my sovereign. In Him, I can do all things, with a hopeful heart.

Shalom… the peace of GOD which passes all understanding, is within and around us, when we allow it to be. Draw near to Yehovah, and He will draw near to us. The enemy won’t be far behind, but we can embrace adversity knowing it is a tool the LORD permits in order to make his children strong.

God bless.

 

 

 

 

Dr Sarah Tun

By Dr Sarah Tun

A former teacher, she was a performing artist, administrator and property developer before settling on writing. She has traveled extensively, and lived in New York City (for a year), London England (for a long time) and Hong Kong (briefly) before returning to her home in Ontario, Canada, then to Spain and finally now, has re-settled in her adoptive home of England. She graduated with degrees in Drama, Education and diplomas in Acting and Theology. Her favourite experience to date has been following her Creator and Lord. She doesn't think Life can get any better! Sarah Tun is author, singer, preacher, writing coach and all-round enthusiast, celebrating and seeking to inspire all of us to quench our thirst for deeper intimacy with God through the Holy Spirit.

6 replies on “Spiritual Warfare and Sovereignty of GOD: a reflection”

Spiritual Warfare Sarah, what an unusual two words to be co-joined together. To be spiritual sounds peaceful, full of hope, beautiful even. However couple it with the word warfare and it brings a whole new identity to play.

Personally, I never wanted to join the army,but God works in mysterious ways to subdue his creation. Yes, totally agree, it is one hell of a commitment. To turn the other cheek, to bless an enemy, to endure, to trust in the darkest places. Truly Sarah God is building his kingdom.

PS… missed you and Alan at Rev TV dedication.

Hi Angie,
Glad you got to Spain for the dedication. We were at a family wedding in the UK.
Yes, as He builds we do not labour in vain. And sometimes the building is US and it’s hard. But brick by brick, we grow, learn, celebrate and are restored the the persons GOD created and intended at our birth.
Life is funny:)

Heya Sarah,
Your article is very encouraging to me at this time. It explains a lot. I, too, do not find it easy to “detach” and most times fail miserably. But, when I reflect on what you said about how we can ‘grow’ in the face of adversity and trials, it helps. I suppose the key is to keep our minds focused on that fact when things get tough. Easier said than done, but who ever said it was going to be easy? May God give us strength on our journey.

Hello Rose,

Glad you are encouraged. Father gave me that insight as I was working through the conflict with the other person. Stepping back and leaving the rat’s nest of emotional stress is often difficult but fruitful.
Thanks for sharing.
God bless and much love,
Sarah xx

Dear Sarah
Thank you. I was Blessed reading your article. I have gone through many trials in My Life some I made Some Others made and some that came right out of the Blue. To begin with I use to try solve the problem,
failing often. I learnt by GODS GRACE his way is always best. Sometimes GOD gave me friends who walked with me through the difficult times. I knew each time they were Blessings from GOD. Mainly because they showed the Fruits of the Spirits. They did not try to manipulate they were just there in which ever way GOD had wanted them to be. When this happens it is up to us not to become dependant on friends. To see it is GOD Who has provided for us. It is also important that when we are being Blessed we share that Blessing by being a Friend to someone else. Over the years I have found friends have become less. That My Fellowship with the LORD has increased. Mainly now because I am retired and want to do what I beleive is GODS Plan for me. I know He has always been Faithful. 5 months ago I was diagnoised with stage 4 C—– I have never recieved that diagnosies. The BIBLE TELLS ME AS MY DAYS ARE . SO SHALL MY STRENGTH BE. I have decided not to have Chemo or Radiation. Before my Operation I had to face Death. The LORD GAVE ME HIS PEACE.. It has never left me. Again he has given me People he has chosen to help me through Prayer and Encouragement.
Yes I have still have real challenges. It is hard When Adult Children do not want to hear about my Faith. They wont allow Openess and Honesty. Yet these things are mentioned in the Bible. Thank You for your Honesty and Sharing. Your Share has again endorsed the Faithfulness of GOD. His Provision and Amazing Grace and Favour. Thank You so much Sarah. May the LORD Continue to use You in the gifting he has given you. You and Your Husband are Real Blessings to the Family of GOD..,. .All I want to Do is Praise Him and say that I Love Him in Actions and Words….Amen.

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Bless you, Anita. How brave and honest you are. A breath of fresh air to many, I’m sure.
I pray for the sovereign will of the LORD in your family and your health.
I pray you feel His arms, love and encouragement every single day.
Bless you, bless you.
I’ll email you too.
Shalom and love!
Sarah xx

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