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Man Down!

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Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise… (Micah 7:8)

 

If you’re familiar with the various types of cop dramas on TV, the above phrase will not be unfamiliar to you. For those of you who do not recognise, or know what this phrase means, it is used by the police fraternity to inform other members that one of their own has been shot, maybe even fatally wounded.

I want to borrow that phrase and apply it to the wounded saints and warriors within God’s Kingdom. I want to flag up those people within the Body of Christ (including myself), who are currently hurting, particularly those serving at the frontline as prayer warriors, or ministry leaders. Man down!

There are men and women, who in the line of duty have been targeted by the Enemy. His aim is to distract, discourage and dishonour. Man down!

I have walked with the Lord for a few decades now. My particular path, foreordained by God, has been an arduous, rough and largely lonely one, since friends are few, family members are preoccupied and the fellowship of believers oft times cliquey. Apart from the companionship of my husband, it’s been a solitary pilgrimage. In picking up my cross to follow Christ, I’ve traversed a hostile terrain, one charted by sustained unpopularity and systematic assassination of my character. Man down!

My path has led me into Enemy territory – towards mountains of adversity, across the Great Sea of Sorrow and through the Valley of Achor*. Man down!

I have cried over the perpetual and malicious cycle of mockery, scorn and derision. I’ve sighed at the shrine of sabotaged dreams, mourned at the monument of missed opportunities and crawled in the dust of punctured self-esteem. Man down!

No doubt, as I continue along this pathway, I will still at times struggle with seasons of self-pity, still have to wrestle with promises-of-God fatigue and still have to cope with days of despair.

But…

I know without a shadow of doubt that no matter how many times I must circle the desert because of disobedience, no matter how many times I must walk through the wilderness because of wilful rebellion, no matter how often I must engage with the Enemy of my soul who prowls and roars, waiting to pounce on his prey – because the Lord my God is with me, I will arise (Micah 7:8).

I know that when I choose to discard the spirit of heaviness and wrap myself within the garments of praise, God’s strength will empower me to rejoice in him (Philippians 4:4), to continue to rejoice in hope and to be patient during trials and tribulation (Romans 12:12). Warrior arise!

I know that when I tear my eyes away from my circumstances and keep them focused upon the God of my salvation and upon his promises, He will keep me in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Warrior arise!

I know that whenever I call upon him, my awesome God will rend the heavens, ride upon the wings of a swift wind and rescue me from the schemes, snares and strategies of Satan (2 Samuel 22:7-20). Warrior arise!

I know that my God will cause all things (the good, the bad, and the ugly!) to work together for my benefit (Romans 8:28). Warrior arise!

I know that because Jesus loves me, and laid down his precious, sinless life for me, I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Warrior arise!

I know that no weapon forged against me will prosper, that the weapons of my warfare are not carnal but mighty in God and are capable of pulling down strongholds (Isaiah 54:17; 2 Corinthians 10:4). Warrior arise!

And because I know that greater is he that is within me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4), because I know Jesus has given me authority over all the power of the Enemy (Luke 10:19), I have determined in my heart (whether I walk through green pastures, or through the valley of the shadow of death), I will put on my spiritual armour. I will take my place on the battlefield of prayer and I will resist the wiles of the evil one. I will stand in the strength and might of my God and assert the victory of Christ’s resurrection life and power (Ephesians 6:10-11).

I will, as God’s flawed but feisty warrior get up from the dust heap of defeat and discouragement—and I will arise!

 

*Valley of trouble (see Joshua 7:24-26)

 

 

 

 

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First and foremost, I am a committed follower of Christ and as long as God’s breath remains in me, I aim to live a purpose-driven life. Like most aspiring writers, I love reading and the creative buzz of word-weaving. I’d like to consider myself as a word-artist. I’m fascinated by and admire the way skilled writers use words to craft stories, to educate, to positively influence and inspire others. I aspire to do the same. Having long-cherished a desire to vacate my prior position as once-in-a-blue-moon writer and join the ranks of published authors (albeit self-published), I’m working towards becoming a prolific writer, whose words are feted, followed and feasted upon by fans and word connoisseurs. Confession time – I used to be the queen of procrastination but have lately abdicated my throne. Unfortunately, my former subjects just won’t let me go (please pray for me!). I’m also a recovering perfectionist. Shush! Tell no one! Words are powerful! They have the potential to impart life or orchestrate death. And so my heart's desire is for the ultimate Creator and Wordsmith to use my writing gift for his glory, to infuse my words with his anointing, love and power. As a blogger, I write to encourage and inspire both myself and others—to maximise our potential and live our best lives.

12 thoughts on “Man Down!

    1. Hi Dawn (2nd response)
      Have gone away and consulted my dictionary, I hadn’t realised this word had a military connotation. I was thinking about a literal hole made by that wily animal!
      Very droll – very clever! 🙂

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  1. Keep persevering sis. I encourage you to reach out within your local body of believers and start fellow shipping and attending events that can help you feel less lonely. We all often feel like we are walking this path alone; yet the more I talk to others the more I realize many folks want friendship. We just have to reach out for it and triumph!!

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    1. Thank you Shell. I believe I’ve been spoilt in the past with my friendships, so look for and expect the same quality in new ones. If the truth is known though, even from a young age and as someone who comes from a large family, I mostly prefer my own company. Now that I’m older I’ve become selfish about sharing my free time with others, as my personal responsibilities leave me with little time for myself and I guard it jealously. I realise I do have to find a balance though.

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  2. Oh Carol I do love your writing! I really like how you start in the beginning “man down” and progress to “warrior arise”. It builds such a powerful momentum.
    I particularly relate to:

    “I know without a shadow of doubt that no matter how many times I must circle the desert because of disobedience, no matter how many times I must walk through the wilderness because of wilful rebellion, no matter how often I must engage with the Enemy of my soul who prowls and roars, waiting to pounce on his prey – because the Lord my God is with me, I will arise (Micah 7:8).”

    And

    “I will, as God’s flawed but feisty warrior get up from the dust heap of defeat and discouragement—and I will arise!”

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    1. Hi @conversationcat you are so good for my morale and I thank God for you and others who have been so kind in affirming my writing ministry. It is so appreciated. I love that you can relate to those extracts you picked out and feel over the moon that you’ve enjoyed the post, particularly as I was worried people would not like it.
      The Lord bless you and your loved ones and cause his face to shine upon you and grant you peace.

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  3. I don’t know what I expected before I started reading this, but you did a stellar job of writing this. I feel like I’ve been immersed in intercessory prayer this week – so thank you for this.
    Blessings,
    – Kenzel

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    1. @Kenzelsfire – you have made my day! Possibly my whole week ahead! Thank you so much. I praise God for using this post and doing exceedingly abundantly above anything I expected. Your words are not only an encouragement but a confirmation of what I believe God wants to use this blog to do. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      1. I understand those moments, ladycee! When I write a post that resonates with someone & they comment – that’s when I’m beyond grateful God directed me to start this blog.

        It still amazes me that he manages to finds ways to use the words he gives me to make a difference for another & the Kingdom!
        -Kenzel

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