Then we have to fight-Pick Up Your Sword
Finally, we have to stand our ground!
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.(Ephesians 6:13)
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.(1 Corinthians 16:13)
After we have done all that God asks of us, we must stand firm in victory. It is in victory, that we let our guard down. It is in victory, that the enemy of pride comes in to tempt us. It is in pride, that we will fall. Picture it in your minds eye, you have battled long and hard, and God has given you the victory. You are weary, battle wounded, and long for rest. And rest you should, but there is something you need to do before you rest. You need to praise God! You need to sing his praises and give Him all of the glory. If you win the battle, and forget to hand over the prize to the champion, you will be cut down by pride. This is not an easy word to hear. We like to take the honour. We like to hear people say:
Her faith has got her through
She has overcome every obstacle.
You deserve all the good things you have coming to you, because you persevered.
If we let these praises rest in our hearts, they grow and bloom into the weed of pride. Make sure you give all of the honor to the One who got you through, the One who overcame every obstacle, and the One who gave your strength to persevere.
It is here that we draw the line in the sand for the enemy and declare in victory:
This far and no further! This ground belongs to Jesus. All glory and honour to Him.
This the place where we can rest. This is the place where we have taken the ground for the King.
..but remember even a city in victory does not let down it's guard...