The song in my head this morning is Fix My Eyes by for KING & COUNTRY. This link is an audio with lyrics… Had a hard time finding a good video, but you can hear the song.
The lines that woke we up are
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on You
“Find faith in the battle.” How in the world do I do that?? When I think of a battle, I think about using every instinct, every resource at my disposal just to stay alive… To defeat the enemy. So what are my resources? What do I have available to help me in a battle? And who is my enemy? What am I fighting against?
As I think through this, I know that my enemy is evil, the Devil, Satan. I know that I’m fighting against entities over which I have no power apart from Christ.
Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
The apostle Paul goes on to tell me how to arm myself for battle using “the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit.”
If I’m going to fix my eyes on Jesus, then I have to look UP! I can’t look down, or behind me, or look to another, or look inside myself. Looking UP requires me to lift my eyes, to raise them higher. Isn’t higher where we all want to be? When we are little kids we want to be picked up, put on daddy’s shoulders so we can see better. We want to get a “raise” in salary at work. We want higher grades in school. When I bake, I want my cakes to rise higher. UP is better.
Love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
These are all things I can do through Christ who gives me strength.