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What Keeps Me Encouraged?

Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 1:32 PM What Keeps Me Encouraged? ATTENTION: Major social media outlets are finding ways to block the conservative/evangelical viewpoint. Click here for daily electronic delivery of The Stand's Daily Digest - the day's top blogs from AFA.

Walker Wildmon Vice President Operations MORE

There is a constant battle between good and evil. The battle carries itself out in our personal lives and family. The war can also be fought more publicly in or our community, state, or nation. The war I’m speaking of is a spiritual battle. In the book of Ephesians, Paul describes it best this way,

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on 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, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak (Ephesians 6:10-20).

This sums up the battle we face as disciples of Christ.

My work for the American Family Association can be overwhelming at times. Whether it be fighting the Target Corporation for their dangerous policy to allow men access to the same restroom as little girls or convincing Congress that it needs to stop funding Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion mill, there is always a fight to be had. My life as a believer in Christ can be difficult at times as it can for each of us. We fight daily against the temptations and evil schemes that the apostle Paul mentioned above.

God has blessed me beyond measure. Most of my week days are spent studying current events in our country and fighting to preserve the Godly heritage that made America great in the first place. This is what I love to do. My weekends include spending time with my wife and son, doing yard work, other outdoor activities and attending my local church. In a worldly sense, the time with my family is some of the most memorable and enjoyable time I spend outside of work.

In a spiritual sense, God and His word provide me peace beyond that which even family and children can bring.  In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul says

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11).

This is what encourages me to continue fighting for that which is true and good, according to God’s word and character.  As my grandfather, Don Wildmon said before, God has not called us to be successful, He has called us to be faithful. In this constant battle, we will win some and we will lose some. I want to encourage each of us to continue fighting diligently, both in our personal lives and in the life of our country. We know how this story ends.

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