The incredible truth of declaring “it is well with my soul”, is the fact that in any given moment, it very well might not be. It is easy enough to declare ‘my soul is at peace’ when all about us is calm and peaceful. But to speak words of power into the darkness and turmoil of desperate, troubling times is not easy. This bravery wields a confident expectation that is the core of the valiant shieldmaiden of Christ: to declare that He conquers all, that the battle and the strength is truly his. And for those who are His, the victory is already won. It Is Well With My Soul is not wishful thinking or self-delusion. It is a powerful stance that we can and must take in the darkest moments. When Satan bends so much circumstance to his will in order to make us despair, we answer his challenge with the battle cry: you have no power over me. Christ is Victorious, and so it is well with my soul!
What is your Battle Cry?
Here’s your first look at something new coming up soon. Be sure to check here and the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArmoryJournal for updates and new posts.
Like I said in the video, take a look at Judges chapter 9. We’ll be examining an original #shieldmaiden as we explore the concept.
Looking forward to discussing this with you all!
It occurred to me a few years ago that as our faith deepens, so can our capacity for melancholy–it seems the two can be quite attached. I remember reading that Mother Theresa had struggled more with her faith in the last few years of her life than ever before. The idea occurred to me that the longer we press into God, the more we discover Him, the more we discover how much we don’t know and can’t understand about him. And, truth be told, we simply don’t like that. The more we invest in God, the more we learn about him, the closer we want to be to having a handle on who and what He is. We really do want him to be small enough to understand, to comprehend, and perhaps even, to control. It’s unsettling when we discover that that doesn’t happen. We just get more and more capable of understanding how infinitely big God is, and more and more aware of how incapable we are of understanding him. Our concept of Big gets even bigger. And sometimes that realization is depressing. Perhaps we need to accept that a hallmark of a maturing faith, is that the sunshine and lollypops of the Santa-God who grants three wishes dissappears. Replaced by a mysterious and wild God whom we can neither predict nor control.
And all the while, God can hold onto us, even when he seems so alien to us, we don’t even know how or where to hold on to him.
I just love how Carolyn Custis James helps us to understand what an Ezer truly is. This is what I mean by #Shieldmaiden. This is how God made us!
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If you read through some of the archived posts on this site (specifically see this one) you’ll see that I’ve been wrestling with a problem for a few years. Continue reading “About the Armory Journal”
There is so much going on in Holy Week, that it is hard to catch the meaning and significance of it all. But there are a few points we don’t want to miss. There is this mystery of time that we encounter during Holy Week. The mystery of time is always present, but we are confronted by it in a powerful way during the Easter Season. Continue reading “Ancient-Future Grace”